Baseball shows promise in exhibition with Blue Jays


(PHOTO/Joshua Thurston)


Megan Phillips

Staff Writer


The Troy baseball team concluded its fall offseason with an exhibition against the Ontario Blue Jays, a high-level summer baseball program on Sunday at Riddle-Pace Field.

The scrimmage is an instrumental part of the team’s development as the fall work comes to a close.

“Today was about getting our first look from the fall at many new players and many returning players and their progress against an opponent with another uniform on,” said Troy head coach Bobby Pierce after the exhibition on Sunday.

Pierce and Trojan fans alike were not disappointed with what the team had to show.

Throughout the exhibition, key returning players continued to show fans that practice has paid off as balls were flying off the bats.

David Hall, a returning junior, hit three home runs in eight total at bats giving Troy five RBIs.

Also hot at bat were players like junior newcomer Trevin Hall, who hit a two run shot to center field in first at-bat his, while Garrett Pitts clubbed a two run homer during the exhibition.

“We want to focus on each player individually,” Pierce said. “On improving them and seeing what roles that they can fill. That goes with our position players as well as our pitching staff.”

The Troy pitching staff got some opportunity to face real opponents in the exhibition with Tanner Hicks, Ryan Sorce, Robert Price and Austin Sullivan all taking the mound against the Blue Jays to name a few.

Position players also showed their stuff throughout the exhibition resulting in some slick defense for the Troy fans.

With the exhibition over, baseball still has a long way to go before the season begins, but after this matchup, the Trojans have reason to look forward to the first pitch.

“We have a nice combination of experienced leadership and talented youth,” Pierce said. “They have been a hardworking and dedicated group, so we will continue to move together as we have.”

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