CINCINNATI — Troy Post 43’s Reid Ferrell went the distance, giving up only two hits as his defense survived three errors, and Evan Bowling provided the offense in the top of the third inning to help Troy grab a 3-1 victory at the Cincinnati Fury Tuesday night.
Ferrell’s only real blemish on the day came in the first with a two-out RBI triple by the Fury’s Mark Belum, but he then struck out 10 of the next 19 batters he faced and even got a key pickoff in the seventh.
“Reid really took over in the second inning,” Troy Post 43 coach Frosty Brown said.
With the team trailing 1 -0 in the top of the third, speedster Evan Bowling launched a game-tying RBI triple to the fence in center after Brandon Jacobs led off with a walk. Bowling then scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 2-1, Troy.
And in the top of the seventh, Colton Nealeigh hit a 3-0 pitch over the left field fence to provide a little a little insurance for Post 43.
“I hoped he’d try to lay a nice fastball down the middle to get back in the count,” Brown said of Cincinnati starter Micha Wahl. “He has pretty good control. Wahl came with the fastball, and Colton took advantage of the situation and hit a line drive about 370 feet.”
The excitement was not over. In the bottom of the seventh, Fury’s Belum led off with a walk, followed immediately by a pinch-hit bloop single. With runners on first and second with no outs, the sacrifice bunt was in order. After fouling off the first pitch, three straight balls made count 3-1.
“We like use a ‘back pick’ in situations like this, and Ferrell’s perfect pickoff totally surprised the runner on first for an out,” Brown said. “A strikeout and a weak ground ball to third ended the inning, and we won 3-1.
“This was a nice game for us. We were missing the Troy boys due to their spring awards night. We were shorthanded but played well against a team that was 5-0.
Troy traveled to Bowling Green’s Carter Park Thursday for a twilight doubleheader against Whitehouse American Legion in a game that was not over by time of press. Friday evening, the Muncie Kings come to Duke Park for a 7 p.m. start.