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Trojans cruise past Eufaula Tigers

Charles Henderson’s Trojans got off to a good start in area play with a 12-5 victory over Eufaula on the road Tuesday night.

The Class 5A No. 3 Trojans (15-5, 1-0 AHSAA Class 5A, Area 3) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first two innings and never looked back for the win.

“It is always important to get that first area win in the first game because these are the ones that count,” CHHS head coach Derek Irons said. “We told the guys before the game that we needed to get off to a good start and that is what we did. We did a good job in the first two innings and we kept our focus and drive throughout the whole game.”

K.D. Edenfield walked to start the rally in the first inning for Troy and Dario Rouse blasted a home run to put the Trojans up 2-0 before the game was four batters old. Daniel Hartley reached by and error and Hartley’s speed up runner, Quay Lawson, scored on a single by Nathan Barron.

Chance Shaver was hit by a pitch in the second inning and scored on a Parker Sanders single for the 4-0 lead.

Eufaula cut the lead to 4-3 in the third inning, but the Trojans added two runs in the fourth inning when Hartley singled to score Shaver and Sanders.

The Trojans put together a six-run fifth inning when they sent 10 batters to the plate. Mitch McLeod, Barron, Jake Smith, Jared Rogers, Shaver and Sanders all scored in the inning to push the Trojan lead to 12-3.

The Tigers of Eufaula added one run in the fifth and one in the seventh, but fell short.

David Fleming picked up the win on the mound, pitching six innings and allowing four runs on nine hits. He struck out eight batters and walked two.

Barron pitched on inning and allowed one run on one hit and struck out two while walking one.

Barron was 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBIs. Sanders and Shaver each had two hits and Edenfield and Rouse had one hit apiece. Shaver added two RBIs and three runs scored.

Up next for the Trojans is a doubleheader in Troy against Eufaula Friday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m.