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Troup falls in game two of the state quarterfinals, sets up a winner-take-all game 3 on Tuesday – LaGrange Daily News

Troup falls in game two of the state quarterfinals, setting up a winner-take-all game 3 on Tuesday

Published on Monday, May 6, 2024 at 7:05 PM

It was a long afternoon in Sandy Springs for the Troup baseball team as they split the first two games of the state quarterfinals with Holy Innocents. The Tigers won game one before the Bears struck back in the second game to even the series and force a winner-takes-all game 3.

GAME TWO:

TROUBLE – 3

HOLY INNOCENTS’ – 12

In a complete reversal of game one, it was the Bears who started on offense. Holy Innocents’ put two runs on the board in the top of the first inning to take an early lead.

The Bears blew the game wide open with eight runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a commanding 10-0 lead.

Troup finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning. Davis Moncus hit a solo home run. An error allowed a second Troup runner to score in the inning.

The Tigers never gave up in the game, adding a third run in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to seven.

The Bears struck back in the top of the sixth inning, scoring a pair of runs to extend their lead to 12-3.

Carson Walker got the start on the mound in game two and didn’t have his usual success. Although he allowed just four hits in his three innings of work, he also allowed seven walks, contributing to the Bears’ early offensive success. The Tigers fielded a whole platoon of pitchers, with Tripp Cummings, Kaleb Woodson and Cason Spears all seeing time on the mound in place of Walker.

Baltzell and Moncus led the way in game two with two hits each, while Chase Mosley had one hit. After an offensive explosion in game one, the Tigers couldn’t get the bats rolling in the same way in game two.

GAME ONE:

TROUBLE – 7

HOLY INNOCENTS’ – 4

The Tigers got on the board in no time, scoring three runs in the first inning and leading wire to wire. The Bears kept it close, but the Troup offense always had an answer.

That answer early on was freshman Courtney Wilson, who hit a monstrous three-run triple in the top of the first inning.

The Bears took the lead with a run in the second inning and another run in the third to make it 3-2 Troup. The game remained there until the Tigers added two more runs to the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Carson Walker drove in the first run of the inning with a single before Wilson continued his torrid start to the game by driving in another run with a single to make it 5-2.

Wilson went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and led the Troup offense.

The Bears got a run back in the bottom of the fifth to cut Troup’s lead to 5-3.

Fisher Baltzell delivered a two-run blast in the top of the seventh to lift the large traveling contingent of Troup fans from their seats and extend the lead to four runs.

The Bears scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and had the bases loaded when Demetrius Hardnett got the final out to give Troup a 1-0 lead in the series.

Davis Moncus got the start on the mound and was outstanding in his six innings of work, striking out six on nine hits and only one earned run.

Walker and Ethan Goff each had two hits, while Baltzell and Garrison Edwards each had one hit.

WHAT’S NEXT:

Troup travels back to Holy Innocents on Tuesday for a game three starting at 4:15 p.m.