Jacksonville Daily Progress
NEW LONDON —
Troup profited from dominating team play and a glimmering individual performance to mash West Rusk's Lady Raiders 16-0 (3 innings) in New London on Friday night.
Collectively the Lady Tigers (23-5-2, 9-1 18-2A) lashed out 12 hits in the abbreviated (10-run rule) affair while sophomore Josee Ross pitched a perfect game for the Lady Tigers while fanning five and not walking a batter.
The five punch outs gave Ross the new school record for strike outs (226) in a season — the old mark of 225 was held by Jessica Ross, Josee's older sister.
“Last year the thing was if she (Josee Ross) hit 200 strike outs, she would get a Jeep for her first car,” Troup head coach Sam Weeks said. “She got 215 last year and sure enough she is driving a Jeep this year.
“This year's goal was to pass her sister's 225-strike out mark, so it was a little bit different. And she has plenty of season left to add to that total also. She's a great (multi-sport) athlete who works her butt off.”
Josee Ross took the accomplishment in stride.
“It's pretty neat to beat my sister's record, but I still have a lot of work to do to be where I want to be,” Josee Ross said. “My sister did her job when she was at Troup, so I want to make sure that I do mine now.”
It was obvious from the start that Troup was the far superior team, with the biggest drama being would Ross set the new mark during the game.
Troup catcher Katelyn Standley had an impact on the game as well, more so than the box score would indicate.
With Weeks expected to give birth in less than three weeks, the Troup mentor turned pitch calling over to Standley in the final-two innings, so that she would be ready for the challenge, if Weeks is forced to miss any upcoming games.
The Ross-Standley connection worked to perfection as Ross struck out the side in the third inning by mixing several heaters with an array of off-speed pitches that were dancing around just enough to keep the Lady Raider battlers totally baffled.
Eight of the nine Lady Tiger starters had at least one hit in the game.
Lee Ann Lloyd topped out with a 3-for-3 day. She drove in a trio of Lady Tigers and scored twice.
McKenzie Hugghins and Josee Ross each went 2-for-2 with an RBI apiece.
Bethany Mason collected a pair of safeties and amassed 3 RBI.
Ronnie Boyer, Josee Ross and Standley each forged out a double.
“It was good to see the girls bounce back after the Harmony loss,” Weeks said. “I don't think that they will let anything stand in the way of them reaching their goals now.”
The Lady Tigers host Arp at 5:30 p.m. tonight. This will be the Lady Tigers' “Pitch for a cure and color out cancer” game.
Fan's are encouraged to wear the colored ribbon (e.g. pink/breast cancer, white/lung cancer, etc.) of the cancer that has affected a friend or family member who's life has been changed due to cancer.