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Trojans drop Region 5-AA contest

The Trojans dropped a Region 5-AA contest to the neighboring Pike Co. Pirates on Wednesday in Zebulon by the score of 13-8. This particular game had been rescheduled from an earlier date in the season because of wet field conditions. From the onset of the game, it looked as if the Trojans would pickup right where they had left-off a night earlier at Crawford Co. (a, 15-5 win), as they bolted to a 7-0 lead by the 2nd inning. The Trojans scored 1-run in the top of the first inning, and then added 6-more-runs in the top of the 2nd, with an all-out-assault on the baseball. At that particular point in the game, it appeared as if the Trojans were about to do something special. But, it was early and the Pirates never-flinched, as there is a reason that they are ranked as the #1 team in the State in all of Class AA. The Pirates kept their poise in the face of adversity, only to stage a huge rally, that would eventually break the Trojan’s hearts. However, the Trojan’s heavy-hitting-artillery did chase the Pike Co. starting pitcher, Junior Zac Anderson, from the mound in that 2nd inning. Pike, then opted to bring in Senior Daniel Fioravanti, in relief of Anderson, which proved to be a wise decision, as Fioravanti would only allow the Trojans to score 1-more run the rest of the way. Senior Calvin Adams pitched 5-complete innings for the Trojans, before being relieved by Junior T.J. English. The score at that time was sitting at 10-8 in favor of the Pirates. English was not able to put out the fire, as several errors on the infield were made behind him on ground balls to allow the Pirates to tack on 3-more-runs for insurance in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Trojans would fail to score in the top half of the 7th, and the game was in the books. Defensively, this was not one of the Trojans better efforts, as they committed-5-errors on the evening in helping Pike County’s cause… Adams encountered control problems, after a strong start, and Pike Co. was able to take advantage in logging the win to stay tied at the top of the region with Heard Co. Neither Pike, nor Heard, has a region-loss at this point in the season, and are headed for a showdown for the region lead, in the first of two head-to-head matchups on Friday, April 17th at Heard Co. The two teams will then play again on Friday, May 1st, in Pike Co. in a game that could decide the Region 5-AA Champion. Offensively, there were a number of outstanding players in the game for Lamar Co. Blane Parker went 2-4 with a homerun and 3-rbis to his credit. This was Parker’s second homerun on the season in as many nights. T.J. English was 1-4, but added a 2-run-shot in the 6-run second inning. Michael Sneed (2-4) and Keaton Brown (2-3) were the only other players with more than 1-hit on the evening… As usual, the Trojans had great fan support as they had a big following at the game. The Trojans will resume play on Thursday, 4/9, down in Macon at West Macon Park with a game against the Region 4-AA Howard Huskies at 5:30 p.m. Lamar Co. 8-9-5 Pike Co. 13-7-1

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