Lady Trojans find the offense,
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 5, 2000
blank Prattville 10-0
By STEVEN G. WATSON
The No. 2 ranked Charles Henderson Lady Trojans’ softball team hadn’t played in over a week and Tuesday their explosion on offense made it look like they spent that time locked in the batting cage.
After being retired in order in the first, the Lady Trojans destroyed the Lady Lions of Prattville with three runs in the second, four in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth to notch a convincing 10-0 shutout.
CHHS head coach Steve Haug says it was the best he’s seen the girls bat in some time.
"We hit the ball better today than we have in a long time," Haug said. "If we can just keep hitting the ball we’ll be in great shape because our defense is always solid.
"They usually come back and play pretty good when we take a break," he added. "I learned a few years ago that you have to get away from it every now and then."
Getting away from the game got the Lady Trojans hungry at the plate it seemed. Eight of the nine starters notched at least a single in the game with both Nicki Wingard and Christie Bradley going a perfect 2-for-2 in the game and Betsy White hitting 2-for-3 with a single and a solo shot to straight-away center.
The Lady Trojans got the ball rolling after Prattville’s starting pitcher walked two straight with one out and Wingard came up big with a single. Two runs scored on the play after a bad throw by the catcher left Wingard alone on the bases at third where Amanda Pruitt then singled up the middle to score another.
Ashley Faust got things started in the third with a one-out double to right center then CHHS put together five singles in the inning with runners in scoring position to blow open the game 7-0.
White scored in the fourth on her solo shot that bounced off the light pole in center field, then another run off an PHS error left the Lady Trojans poised to end the game early on the 10-run rule.
Kelly Miller scored on cue in the bottom of the fifth on a wild pitch to end the game.
Next up for CHHS is a home game against Robert E. Lee on Thursday. Game time is set for 4 p.m. with both the JV and the Varsity playing.
The CHHS Junior Varsity girls team pulled off a huge comeback in their game with the Prattville JV.
It was only the fifth win of the season for the Lady Trojans’ JV and they had to do it the hard way, scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the third to notch an exciting 12-11 win over the Lady Lions.
The CHHS JV watched in dismay as Prattville batted around the order and scored 11 runs in the the top of the third inning, but they didn’t give up. In their half of the third, the Lady Trojans fought back with 10 runs of their own to notch the one-point victory as time ran out of PHS.
CHHS sent 16 batters to the plate in the third and really got things started when Chelsey Howard blasted a double with the bases loaded that cleared the bases and made it an 11-10 ball game.
Rachel Spurlin then tied the game with a bloop single to right scoring Howard and eventually scored on another single by Clair Goodson.
The Lady Trojans’ JV put an exclamation point on the fantastic comeback by shutting the door one, two, three on defense, sitting the Lady Lions down in order in the top of the fourth to end the game.