Trojans rout Lions

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 24, 2003

At first glance, it might appear the Charles Henderson Trojans lost their first round game against Briarwood Christian.

The Trojans were outhit 10-6, had only one RBI and only one batter had more than one hit.

However, the Trojans matched their largest win total for a season with a 5-1 victory. Charles Henderson will play Saturday at St. Paul's in Mobile.

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"I always tell the players, play good defense and pitch well, and you will have a chance to win," Trojan coach Steve Garrett said. "It doesn't matter how you get the runs across, you will eventually find a way to win."

Charles Henderson pushed its necessary runs across the plate in the bottom of the third. Blake Phelps led off with an infield single and Clint Pugh followed with a walk.

Tyson Pugh hit his second single of the game to score Phelps from second. Clint Pugh later scored on a stolen base with two outs. Ahmad McClaney, pinch running for pitcher Matt Johnson, led off from first and Briarwood pitcher Jimbo Crew tried to throw him out. Pugh waltzed in from third to put the Trojans ahead 3-1.

McClaney scored on a throwing error by Briarwood third baseman Brent Ammons on Porter's infield single. Porter then scored on a throwing error by catcher Kevin Cope after Pete Van Horn struck out swinging and reached on a passed ball.

"We have to learn how to throw and catch," Briarwood coach Erik Metzger said. "They did a good job of running the bases, but we have to be able to throw and catch the ball."

Johnson picked up the win for the Trojans, his 10th of the season. Crew took the loss for the Lions.

Briarwood led early, taking a 1-0 lead in the first. Simeon Castille led off with a single and came around to score on Joe Craddoxk's RBI double.

The Trojans answered in the last half of the first. Clint Pugh was hit by the first pitch of the inning, reached third on Tyson's single, and scored on a throwing error by Cope as Tyson tried to steal second.