Some softball teams rely on home runs and power slams — the long ball — to win games while others excel in small ball (bunts, slap hits).
Troup's Lady Tigers were proficient in both Friday night at LeTourneau University in Longview where Troup jumped on Jefferson, 8-2, in a Class 2A, bi-district game.
The Lady Tigers (18-12), the District 18-2A champions, will now advance to play Groveton in a best-of-three area series that opens up at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Game 2 will take place at the same time on Friday, and if a third game is necessary, it will be played immediately following Game 2.
All games are scheduled to take place at Palestine High School.
Groveton won its series over Deweyville to move on to a date with Troup.
Meanwhile, Jefferson, who finished fourth in District 17-2A, ends its season at 17-13.
Troup led the whole way in the game, and aside from one inning when the Lady Dogs managed to plate both of their runs, the Lady Tigers looked sharp and in full control.
Josee Ross, batting third, gave the Lady Tigers some breathing room early on when she launched a two-run home run over the fence in left that gave the Lady Tigers the early lead.
“I think that hit gave us some confidence as a team and I know that it helped me (mentally) because I have been struggling at the plate,” Ross said.
It would be the first of two homers for the Lady Tigers, as Caitlin Tomlin also powered a two-run blast in the sixth inning that nearly landed at the same spot that Ross' homer touched down.
Ross' blast brought in Bethany Mason, who lead off with a base hit to left and then moved up a base by stealing second.
Mason motored to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tomlin, which was the first of six sacrifice bunts that Troup executed on the evening.