Trojans win fourth straight with rout of Dothan
Published 12:00 am Monday, February 24, 2003
Charles Henderson junior second baseman Brett Pierce had a prime time performance in the Trojans' prime time matchup against Dothan Monday night.
Pierce led off the game with a double, scored the game's first run and made a run-saving stop to help the Trojans (4-1) to a 9-1 victory over Dothan. He finished the game 1-for-2 with an RBI, a sacrifice and two runs scored.
His run-saving play came in the fourth inning after starting pitcher Pete Van Horn walked the first two batters. Dothan's Scott Owens sacrificed the runners to second and third and Ben Braswell came to the plate with a chance to cut the Trojan lead to 3-2.
Braswell hit a hard ground ball to the right side of the field that appeared on its way through to the outfield. Pierce caught up to the ball, made a pirouette and threw Braswell out at first. Adam Christiansen scored from third, but Josh Prichard only made it to third. Van Horn struck out Will Sherrer at the next at bat to end the rally.
"That was a big play and a big lift," Charles Henderson coach Steve Garrett said. "If they score two runs there, it's 3-2. That play saved a run.
"We will make some spectacular defensive plays. We just have to make sure we make the routine ones as well."
Van Horn (1-1) pitched a complete game, giving up one run on four hits. He walked four and struck out eight. He got himself into a couple of jams, but found a way out of both.
"Pete pitched a good game, but he will get better," Garrett said. "These two games are his first since April of last year."
Sherrer picked up the loss, going two-and-a-third innings and allowing three runs (two earned) off four hits. He struck out four.
Inspired by the Trojan defense, the Trojan offense came through in the bottom of the fourth.
Matt Johnson led off the inning with a single and courtesy runner Jeremy Jones advanced to second on a wild pitch. Dothan pitcher Aaron Kirkland hit Daniel Porter with a pitch and Blake Phelps hit a bunt single. Kirkland walked Adam Helms on his final pitch of the night and Jones scored from third.
Pierce came in and lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to increase the lead to 5-1 as Porter scored.
The Trojans added four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to pad the margin to eight.
Pierce was not the only Trojan with a sticky glove Monday night. Third baseman Clint Pugh made a tough play on a ground ball in the top of the fifth to rob Chris Bradford of a base hit.
Charles Henderson jumped on Dothan High School early Monday night.
Charles Henderson began the bottom of the first inning on a good note when Pierce led off with a double to left-center field. Tyson Pugh followed with a bunt single and Pierce advanced to third.
After Clint Pugh struck out, Tyson Pugh stole second. Dothan pitcher Will Sherrer then threw a wild pitch to score Pierce from second. Sherrer struck out Chase Kelly and Pete Van Horn singled in Tyson Pugh, making the score 2-0.
Tyson Pugh scored in the bottom of the third to push the lead to 3-0.
He scored on a Chase Kelly single.