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Troup Tigers prepare for state quarterfinals

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The Troup Tigers are leaving early Tuesday morning to go middle Georgia for their quarterfinal playoff series with Veterans.

When you get to the third round of the playoffs, every team is talented. But, the Troup Tigers are playing a team in Veterans who has won twenty straight games.

"Everybody is kind of thinking that we are the underdog. We take it and run with it I guess.  We use it as kind of a fuel to fire us," said shortstop Brandon Butts.

That fuel keeps Troup motivated to show people throughout the state that they are capable of shaking up the playoff brackets.

"My expectations are to win, without a doubt," said Troup coach Craig Garner. "But, we also know and understand that it will be a hard fought series. The team that makes the fewest mistakes and least amount of free bases will probably be the team that comes out on top."

The team says they just have to play small ball offensively. On defense, they know they cannot make errors against a team like Veterans.

"You can't play the game on paper," Coach Garner said to his team. "You can sit here, and draw it up, and play it like a video game. We are preparing to put ourself in our best possible situation to win."

One thing the Troup Tigers say is helping them get through these playoffs is their experience last year when they surprised a lot of people and made it to the semifinals.

That experience has been cultivated into confidence this season. After playing teams like Columbus and Carrollton all year, they know they can compete with the best.

"We just know that if we do us, we can do anything," said pitcher Jacob Ozley. "Last year, nobody gave us a chance in the playoffs either. But, we surprised everybody. Hopefully, we'll do the same this week."

The big series starts on Tuesday.

 

Game 1 is at 4PM on Tuesday.

 

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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