Big third inning gives Garner big win


Garner sent 11 hitters to the plate and scored six runs to break open a one-run game as the Trojans blasted Smithfield-Selma 10-4 on Thursday night at Trojan Park.

SSS (4-6, 0-3) scored in their opening at bat on back to back doubles from TJ Brown and Ben Youngblood, as they took a 1-0 lead after half of an inning.

Garner (4-4, 2-2) answered right back in the bottom of the inning with three, two-out hits. Alec Hulmes, CJ Schmitt and Will Norris singled in succession as Norris collected his first RBI of the year to knot the game at one after an inning of play.

The Trojans took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the second as Brett Walters collected the first of his three hits as he singled and advanced to second and third on a throwing error by Brown, the Spartan catcher. Walters came around to score on the Colin Perry fielder's choice.

SSS retook the lead in the top of the third with a two-run home run from Tyler Castleburry. That lead didn't last long.

In the bottom of the inning, the Trojans sent 11 hitters to the plate as the first three reached and Connor Torruella scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. Walters followed with a single to load the bases for Aquail Sanders who walked to bring home a run and give Garner a one-run lead. The big hit of the inning came from lead off hitter, Brandon Tant who singled home a pair to cap the six-run third and give the men of Troy a 8-3 advantage.

That lead was more than enough for Danny Shortt who went 5 2/3 innings scattering eight hits, allowing four earned run, walking four and striking out a season high of eight hitters to pick up his second win of the season.

After SSS cut the lead to 8-4 in the top of the sixth, Walters put the final nail in the coffin of the Spartans with a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning to send the Trojans to a 10-4 victory; their second in a row.

Garner will return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to Southeast Raleigh - first pitch is set for 4:00.

JV Trojans run-rule Spartans

After a disappointing loss to Knightdale on Tuesday afternoon, the JV Trojans responded on Thursday with a 13-0 bombardment of SSS.

Garner scored nine runs in the bottom of the fourth while Brighton Hudson provided all the defense that the Trojans needed as he picked up the win in the game. Also, Hudson did not allow a hit for the five inning no-hitter.

The Trojans will be back in action next Friday when they travel to East Wake with first pitch slated for 4:00.

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