Trojan bats come alive in extra inning victory


Garner played their longest game of the 2012 season on Thursday afternoon as they defeated the homestanding Panther Creek Catamounts 7-2 in nine innings in the opening game of the Four Oaks Bank/Tri-9 Challenge.

With the game knotted at two, Garner (9-4) sent nine hitters to the plate in the top of the ninth to break the tie. Tyler Marshburn broke the tie with a bases loaded, two-run single to put the men of Troy ahead for good. Later in the frame, Skyler Strickland was help to help drive home a couple when the Catamount center fielder dropped the fly ball and before the inning came to a close Garner led 7-2.

The Trojans trailed 1-0 until the top of the third when they scored a pair of runs on a Taylor Stephens RBI goundout and a Levin Woodall sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.

Panther Creek ( 5-9) scored in their opening at bat when Thomas Young drove a ball to right field to plate Jeff Pegram who singled to begin the game. The Catamounts later tied the game in the fifth inning when the Trojans commited a pair of errors.

Alec Hulmes
pitched the final three inning to earn his second victory of the season.

The Trojans return home Friday night at 7:00 when they welcome Apex to Trojan Park for the second night of the Four Oaks Bank/Tri-9 Challenge. Just a note that Panther Creek and Sanderson will play each other Friday afternoon at 4:00, that game is also at Trojan Park.