By James Nahikian
Friday afternoon, the Troy Colts baseball team took on Andover High School as part of a doubleheader that concluded the team’s home schedule. The first game of the series was dominated by Andover by a score 15-4. The game ended in the 6th inning due to the mercy rule. The away team was helped out by a stellar performance from their star, Gabe Berman. Berman went 2-3 at the plate with 3 RBI and pitched 5 innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out eight Troy batters.
Andover got off to a quick start on Troy’s starting pitcher, Tyler Horne. They scored two runs in the first inning, and then three more in both the second and third. Horne then settled in nicely, as he pitched a 1-2-3 4th inning, and a scoreless 5th inning.
Troy’s offense was highlighted by a great third inning. They grinded out several at bats to cut the deficit to 5-3, before Justin Losey and Derek Verbruggen struck out to leave runners stranded at second and third base. Berman held Troy to just four hits, two of which were by Senior, Jesse Dubay. Who had an infield single in the 4th inning, and an RBI double in the three run second inning. Seniors John Wassel and Nick Guitar also chipped in with one base hit a piece.
The game got out of hand in the 6th inning, when Andover struck for seven runs. They went on to shut the door in the bottom half of the inning to seal the deal.
Troy will now have to regroup quickly before the District Playoffs on June 2 (Noon at Athens High School), where they will face Avondale High School, the OAA Blue champions. The quick turnaround should be no problem for the Colts according to Nick Guitar, who after the game said, “We’ve got good team leadership, and we’ll get it going when we need it. We’ll pull through. This is a close team.”
The “Swag Kings,” as they call themselves, have been up and down all year long. Winning a few games, and then losing a few games. However, they still have a great chance to write the ship on their season. Coach Jim Ellis knows all about the importance of playoff baseball, “We’re gearing up for one weekend of baseball,” Ellis said. “Your season can be defined on one week of baseball.”
James Nahikian blogs about the industry of sports. And specializes in articles about the Detroit Tigers, Major League Baseball and Bowling Green State University Athletics. Email him at email@example.com And follow him on twitter @KingNahikian or facebook where you can find links to his articles and updates about future posts.