Even if they could, the Tigers wouldn’t change a thing.
Troup High beat the Grangers, 3-1 in Region 5AAAA baseball on Friday night. Tiger sophomore pitcher Colby Williams uncorked a four-hitter with six strikeouts. Williams is 3-0 on the season.
“We needed to do all the little things, and it started on the (pitching) mound. Colby threw strikes, and he made them hit his pitches. He had a good fastball and changeup,” said Troup High head coach Craig Garner.
The Grangers didn’t get a hit off of Williams until the bottom of the fourth inning on a Matthew Anderson single to center field. LaGrange High senior shortstop Willis Kemp would follow with a single to put runners on first and third.
But the Grangers were not able to score in that inning. “Colby had good stuff, and he mixed his speeds up.We’ve been struggling at the plate,” said Kemp.
LaGrange High’s only other two hits off Williams came on a Jacob Vinson single to center field in the fifth inning and a Champ Willis base hit to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Grangers did score a run off Williams with a Willis Kemp RBI sacrifice fly to center field in the sixth inning.
“This game is more than just a rivalry. Every seat in the bleachers was filled,” said Kemp.
LaGrange High senior righthander Ben Anderson had something working, too. Anderson pitched a three-hitter over the first five innings with eight strikeouts. Vinson worked the final two innings from the hill for the Grangers.
Vinson gave up one run on two hits. The Troup Tigers scored one run in the first inning, one run in the fifth inning and one run in the top of the sixth.
Troup High took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Ryan Bliss double, a stolen base and a Granger wild pitch.
“This is a cross-town rivalry, and we want to be the best team in the city. This is intense, and it’s fun,” said Bliss.
Tigers third baseman Jarred Helton couldn’t get enough of the baseball rivalry, too.
“We were hyped up, and this was a big region game. We hit the ball and played defense,” said Helton, the senior.
The Tigers would make it a 2-0 game in the fifth inning as they scored on a Granger throwing error. Troup High’s third run was scored on a Trent Bailey single to left field in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Troup High improved to 11-6 overall and 2-1 in the region. LaGrange High is 8-7 overall and 0-1 in Region 5-AAAA.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer