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TROJANS FOLLOW REGION TREND IN DEFEATING JORDAN IN A DOUBLEHEADER

After Tuesday’s games with the Trojans, nothing much has changed with the Region 5-AA Jordan Red Jackets from Columbus, Ga., in the scoring department’s defensive statistics. Out of 20-games played-to-date, the Red Jackets have been run-ruled (10-after-5, or 15-after-3) in 15 of them. That trend continued today, when the visiting Lamar Co. Trojans swept a doubleheader by the scores of 18-1 (in-5-innings) in the first game, and 13-3 (in-5-innings) in the nightcap, respectively. The Trojans left Barnesville on Tuesday afternoon on the way to Columbus thinking that they would get to perform in the confines of beautiful Golden Park — a minor league field complex that the Columbus Red-Stixxs had called home, up until 2002. The Columbus Catfish — another minor league affiliate — left in 2008 for greener pastures, also. Shortly, after their arrival at Golden Park — much to their chagrin — the Trojans were informed by the Jordan Head Coach, that playing the game in that venue would not be an option on this particular day. College teams were practicing on the field and getting ready to play in their conference tournaments, which resulted in the Trojans traveling across town to play the scheduled doubleheader in a makeshift ballpark behind Jordan High School. There was no admission charge for the fans that traveled with the Trojans, no lights on the field, no concession stand open for snacks, a scoreboard that wasn’t functioning, restrooms that would have made a truckstop proud, and a playing field that hadn’t been manicured in quite sometime… Outside of those distractions, the Trojans were able to record two region wins, and stop for a team-meal at a Chinese Restaurant, for an all-you-can-eat buffet after the game. The sweet tea that everyone ordered was very cold, and very good — along with the food that was consumed in some large proportions by the coaches, players, & fans that made the trip. The mantra for the trip was — “all is well, that ends well”. And, that was certainly the case on this day. In the first game, as the score — 18-1 — would indicate, the Trojans pounded-out 17-hits, while the opposing Red Jackets were stumbling-and-bumbling all over the field, and making numerous fielding errors. Trojan Players with multiple-hit-games were — Blane Parker (4-4), Trent Nix (2-3), Michael Sneed (2-3; 3B), T.J. English (2-3; 2B), Calvin Adams (2-4; 3B), & Ben Cone (2-4). Other Trojans making a contribution to the hit parade were — Devin Couch (1-3; 3B),Eric Cooper (1-4; 3B), & Keaton Brown (1-2). The pitcher of record was T.J. English who fanned-5 Jordan batters in his time logged on the mound. Marc English came on in-relief in the 5th inning to close the game out, and recorded 2-strikeouts for good measure. Realizing that darkness would soon be sitting-in, the coaches of both teams agreed to start the second game of the doubleheader in just 15 minutes, after the ending of the first. The Trojans, facing better pitching from the Red Jackets in this game, would still make short-order of the opposition by scoring 13-runs on 10-hits, in just 5-innings. Players recording multiple hits in the second game were — T.J. English (2-4; HR– Inside- The-Park), Devin Couch (2-2; 2B), & Blane Parker (2-3). Keaton Brown (1-3), and Calvin Adams (1-4), also made contributions to the cause… Freshman Aaron Westbury went the distance on the mound for the Trojans, and picked-up the win. After taking a day off on Wednesday from playing the games , the Trojans will resume action on Thursday (April 30th), when they travel to McDonough to take-on the 4-AAA Eagles Landing Squad in a 6:00 p.m. contest.

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