CHHS finishes strong in Gulf Shores

Published 10:55 pm Thursday, March 19, 2009

The No. 3 Charles Henderson Trojans closed out their run in the 2009 Nike Spring Break Classic in Gulf Shores with a 2-0 victory over Class 6A Buckhorn Thursday afternoon.

Nathan Barron toed the rubber for the Trojans and threw a complete game shutout, allowing three hits, striking out six batters and walking three.

“The game against Buckhorn was the strongest game we have played all year,” CHHS head coach Derek Irons said. “Nathan did an outstanding job on the mound and he probably had the best pitching performance of anyone so far this year. Buckhorn was a good hitting team and he shut them down.”

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The Trojans (14-4) scored both their runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Jake Smith led off the inning with a double and with one out Chance Shaver singled to plate Smith for the first run of the game. Parker Sanders then singled, K.D. Edenfield walked and Dario Rouse hit a sacrifice fly to score Shaver with the bases loaded.

Smith was 2-for-2 with two doubles and Sanders, Daniel Hartley and Shaver each had one hit for Troy.

On Wednesday night the Trojans got a dramatic 13-8 win over 6A No. 10 Gardendale Wednesday night in the classic.

The Trojans scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning for a 6-4 lead, added seven in the fifth, and held off a late Gardendale rally for the 13-8 win.

Parker Sanders led a 13-hit CHHS attack at the plate going 4-for-5.

Jake Smith worked four innings for the win, allowing four runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking one. Jared Rogers pitched the final three innings, allowing four runs on six hits, walking two and striking out three.

Gardendale jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on three hits and two errors, but CHHS cut the lead to 3-2 in the third inning when Chance Shaver was hit by a pitch, Sanders laid down a bunt single, and both later scored.

Gardendale tacked on another run for a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but CHHS scored four runs on four hits for the 6-4 advantage. Rogers was hit by a pitch to start the rally, Nathan Barron drew a walk, Smith singled and Shaver laid down a bunt that allowed two runs to score. Sanders followed with a single, and Dario Rouse singled to drive in the fourth run.

Rogers came on in the fifth inning for the Trojans with two Gardendale runners on, and struck out two of the three batters he faced to shut down the rally.

The Trojans added seven big runs in the fifth inning as Mitch McLeod, Rogers and Barron drew consecutive walks, and Smith laid down a bunt single to drive in a run. Shaver then walked and Sanders singled to left field to drive in a run. KD Edenfield hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in a run, and Rouse then launched his second home run in two days, a deep bomb far beyond the 365 sign in left-center field, for the 13-4 lead.

Gardendale rallied for four runs in the sixth inning, and had two runners on base in the seventh before Rogers shut the door.

Rouse and Smith had three hits each for CHHS. Edenfield, Hartley and Shaver had one hit apiece.