CHHS baseball continues
Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 24, 2000
to roll, wins at Wetumpka
By STEVEN G. WATSON
The Charles Henderson baseball team took only five innings to dismiss the Wetumpka Indians Tuesday getting a 13-2 mercy ruling on the road.
The Trojans scored in all five innings and played great defense behind starting pitcher Jonathan Neeley to hold WHS scoreless through the first four.
Neeley (1-0) gave up only five hits to go with the two runs scored and struck out three. The CHHS senior did some damage at the plate as well with a 2-for-2 showing notching four RBI’s and a home run.
B.J. Gralheer and Hunter Mathews were the big bats for the Trojans on the day, however. The two seniors hit back-to-back homers in the second inning as Gralheer went 3-for-4 and Mathews was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate. The also had five RBI’s between them.
CHHS head coach Steve Garrett said that he was proud of the offensive showing by his team. While he is a defensive minded coach, he felt Tuesday his players were doing what the had to do at the plate.
"We had a long talk after the Prattville game," Garrett said. "At Prattville they were trying to do to much. They were acting like they were softball players swinging for the hills. You can’t do that against pitchers of Prattville’s calibre.
"Against Wetumpka we just tried to drill the ball," he continued. "We went up there relaxed just like batting practice and all they needed to think about was being a contact hitter."
Will Jones, Chris Boswell, Jason Barron and David Taylor also had hits for the Trojans who improved to 8-1 on the season with the win.
Now the Trojans will travel to Stanhope Saturday for a double-header against the Mustangs and Opp. The first game against Stanhope will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the second starting at 12:30 p.m.