Lady Trojans cruise by Goshen

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 22, 2001

Sports Writer

Senior Elizabeth Rountree scored and drove in three runs including a two run homer as the Charles Henderson High School Lady Trojans blew past the Goshen High School Lady Eagles 18-2 in local fast pitch softball action at the Troy SportsPlex Wednesday afternoon. The game was called after four innings due to the 15-run four inning rule.

Despite having a couple days off due to the wet and rainy conditions, the Lady Trojans (8-6) showed no signs of rust against the Lady Eagles putting together its second largest offensive output of the season.

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The Lady Trojans set the tone for the entire game with the very first batter as Chelsea Howard battled three foul pitches off Goshen pitcher Heather West before reaching on single. Afterwards, the floodgates opened as CHHS scored 10 consecutive runs before Goshen recorded the first out of the inning. The key blow of the inning came on a two RBI single by Howard on her second at bat bringing in Christine Haug and Rachel Spurlin to score. Rountree, Brittany Carlisle, Laura Wesley, Kelly Miller and Andrea Ellis each scored one run while Howard and Carlisle each scored twice.

In the top of the second, the Lady Eagles had a good chance to get back into the game with runners on second and third with only one out. However, Howard was able to get out of the jam The Lady Trojans continued to pour it on in the bottom of the second scoring a pair of runs on a two RBI single by Emily Watkins. The CHHS bench contributed once again in the bottom of the third when Natalie Patterson delivered a two RBI single in the bottom of the third.

However, the highlight of the afternoon took place earlier in the inning as Rountree slammed a wind aided home run over the center field fence to score two runs.

In the top of the fourth, the Lady Eagles (1-6) prevented a shutout by scoring two runs with the help from their bench. After Candi Faulkner led the inning off with a walk, she advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches. Following a Megan Johnson walk, Christy Ricks delivered an RBI single and Mandy Kilpatrick got an RBI ground out to end the scoring. The Lady Eagles were limited to just two base hits on the afternoon.

The Lady Trojans return to action on Thursday when they travel to Eufaula, while the Lady Eagles won’t play again until April 6 at Thorsby in a doubleheader. The first pitch for the CHHS-Eufaula game is set for 4 p.m. with the junior varsity game to proceed the varsity matchup.