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Henderson ready for end of rain, games to resume

The rain finally appeared to subside a little Wednesday afternoon, but it did not come soon enough for Charles Henderson to avoid canceling its baseball games today.

The Trojans were supposed to play Prattville today, a game that was rescheduled from Saturday, but Prattville had to cancel the games because of a bevy of rescheduled games.

"They had to play seven games on that field, and some of them were area games," Charles Henderson baseball coach Steve Garrett said. "They were all makeups from earlier rainouts."

The Trojans have already clinched a state playoff spot by virtue of a pair of road sweeps against area foes Escambia County and Greenville. The Trojans are 16-5 overall and could earn a home playoff berth with a win over Escambia County Saturday at 11 a.m.

"All this rain is very frustrating," Garrett said. "We got to where I felt like we were starting to play well and starting to come together, but then the rain hits and we can't play. We can't even practice."

The Trojans have been strong on the mound, great in the field and have become solid in at the plate of late.

Pete Van Horn and Matt Johnson have held down the pitching spots, collecting 12 of the team's16 wins. Van Horn has a 5-2 record in 49.2 innings pitched. He has 51 strikeouts and has surrendered only 21 walks. He sports a 1.27 ERA.

Johnson has pitched 53.1 innings and has earned a 7-2 record. He has struck out 50 batters while only walking 10. He has a 1.97 ERA.

Offensively, senior Clint Pugh has been a force at the plate. He has six home runs to his credit and 20 RBI.

He averages .383 at the plate. The leader in batting average, though, is junior Brett Pierce. He is hitting .491 on the season.

"That's pretty amazing," Garrett said.

Johnson has also been attacking from the plate, hitting .389 with two home runs.

The Trojans face area foe Escambia County Saturday at 11 a.m.