Perhaps it was only fitting that the Troup High softball team needed a little bit of a wake up call to get going Thursday; after all the Lady Tigers' game against Arp had an 11 a.m. start time.
As her team exited the field following Arp's at bat in the second inning, Troup head softball coach Sam Weeks shared a few choice sentences with her players and those words seemed to put the pep in the Lady Tigers' step.
Troup scored eight runs in the bottom of the second and went on to breeze past their rivals, 16-0, to improve to 3-1 in District 18-2A play. Troup moved to 6-12 overall with the victory.
Meanwhile, Arp fell to 7-11, 2-2.
“Once we overcame a slow start we were fine,” Weeks said. “I even had some of my players tell me that I should get mad at them more often because it really seemed to motivate them to play up to their potential.”
Troup went on to send five runs across the dish in the bottom of the third inning, before adding three more in the following frame.
The game was called after Arp batted in the fifth segment due to the Mercy Rule.
Lady Tiger lead off hitter Bethany Mason went 4 for 4 in the game and scored three times while driving in a pair of runs.
Caitlin Tomlin went 3 for 4. Her hits included an inside-the-park home run in the third inning and a triple down the left field line that came in the fourth segment.
Tomlin also scored three times and tallied five RBI on the day.
Other offensive leaders for the Lady Tigers included Josee Ross, who went 2 for 4, with a pair of runs scored and a couple of RBI. Both of Ross' hits were doubles.
Miranda Flora collected two hits in three trips to the plate and knocked in three runs while crossing the dish once.