The Troup High Tiger baseball team continued region play last Friday as they took on Central. The Tigers came home to Tiger Field after a road loss to Auburn on Thursday.
Troup fought to remain competitive in region play as the LaGrange Grangers played currently top-ranked Cartersville across town. In a rare moment of unity, the Tigers hoped for a La-Grange win that could improve their region standing. Troup entered Friday’s match with an 8-1 record in region play—their only loss coming against Cartersville.
The Tigers struck early against Central. A stout Troup Defense shut out the Central Lions in the first inning before their explosive offense came up to bat.
Garrett Casey took the mound for the Tigers and pitched a 10-0 shut-out win. Through six innings of play, Casey had three hits, one walk, and nine strikeouts.
Troup didn’t need seven innings to put the game away. Their performance in the first inning set the tone for the match.
After shutting out Central at the top of the first, the Tigers came to bat and scored a whopping five runs by the start of the second.
They would score five more in the sixth to put an early end to the lopsided contest.
Several Tigers contributed to the win. Caleb McCurry hit a double with two RBIs. Colby Williams, Cooper Doughman, and Cade Garner all scored singles with RBIs. Kenly Bridwell and Ethan Morton both got a single with a bunt.
Casey, who played lightsout on the mound for the Tigers, hit two singles and two doubles over four attempts at bat.
The Tigers have a tough challenge coming up Tuesday in their match against top-ranked Cartersville. The Hurricanes will be fresh off an 18-5 victory over the Grangers and will be looking to defend their ranking against a vengeful Tiger team.