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NTL BASEBALL: TROY DOWNS SAYRE, CLINCHES NTL DIVISION-I TITLE (2024-05-14)

Northern Tier Sports Report
SAYRE — Troy baseball clinched the NTL Large School title after beating Sayre, 11-2, during NTL action Monday.

The win is Troy’s fifth straight, and the fifth straight game they’ve scored in double digit runs.


“I’m extremely proud of this ball team,” said Troy coach Lyle Wesneski. “A great team win. Every time we get knocked down they shake it off and respond - we have great leadership. We have another huge game tomorrow, and our focus is 100-percent on this game right now.”


Troy scored four in the second to take a lead. The fourth and fifth innings saw Troy out score Sayre 2-1 to go up 8-2. They tacked on three more runs in the seventh for the 9-run win.


Camden Allen went the distance to get the win for Troy, striking out 10 with three walks, seven hits, and two runs, finishing with 100 pitches on the dot.


The bottom of Troy’s order had a day, going 5-for-8, led by Joseph Frye (2-for-3) with two runs and 2-RBI. Jackson Taylor (2-for-3) scored twice and drove in one run, while Camryn Harwick (1-for-3) scored three times.


Mason Smith (1-for-4) had a triple with 3-RBI and two runs scored, as Brendan Gilliland (2-for-4) knocked in three runs. Lincoln Chimics chipped in with two runs scored as Clayton Smith had an RBI.


In the second Harwick got things going by drawing a 1-out walk, then scored on a Frye single. After a walk to Taylor Mason Smith drove them both in with a triple. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Clayton Smith for the 4-0 lead.


In the fourth Frye led off by drawing a walk, then scored on a Taylor hit. After two outs Gilliland drove in Taylor for a 6-0 lead.


Sayre got one back in the bottom half of the inning, but Troy struck again in the fifth. 


Chimics drew a 1-out walk, then Harwick singled. Chimics would score on a Frye ground out, then Taylor plated Harwick with a hit to make it 8-1.


Sayre cut it to 8-2 in the bottom of the fifth.


In the seventh the first three batters reached to load the bases. After an out Mason Smith drove in Chimics with a fielder’s choice.


Clayton Smith drew a walk to reload the bases, setting up Gilliland’s 2-run hit for the 11-2 final.


Troy (14-4) will host CV for their regular season ender on Tuesday. Troy is currently the second seed for districts and a win should help them shore up the spot, but CV will be playing for their postseason lives.


“We just have to continue to play Troy baseball and believe in each other,” said Wesneski. “I think we can make some noise in the playoffs.”


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PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY



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