Cougars claw Trojans

Published 9:52 pm Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Charles Henderson Lady Trojans fell in a Tuesday afternoon battle against the Northview Lady Cougars. The contest ended on the 10-run mercy rule in the fifth inning with a score of 16-3.

Lady Trojans head coach Steve Haug, said his team put up a battle, but fell to one of the best hitting teams in the Southeast.

“Northview hit the ball really well. I was proud that we battled today, we didn’t give this one up without a fight,” he said.

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“When they were up by five, we put three points on the board. We didn’t give up when it got tough. We were facing one of the best hitting teams in Southeast Alabama. I knew it would be a difficult game.” The Lady Trojans were already plagued with an injured starting pitcher, when a storm rolled in.

Melissa Kennedy, lead pitcher for the Lady Trojans, is out of commission with an inflamed bicep tendon.

Alley Ware and Nick Jones pitched in Kennedy’s place.

“Without our lead pitcher, we are a bit weaker. Alley and Nick did a good job holding their own, but with the wind and the rain, it was tough for them,” Haug said. “The wind was blowing really hard, and then the rain started coming down, I think everyone was just ready to get out of there by that point.” Haug said the weather had an adverse affect on his players.

“The pitcher was having to look through the rain to try and throw, and the wind was messing with the players in the outfield. They didn’t know whether they needed to run up or go back to catch the ball,” Haug said. “Overall, I feel we battled better today, and we came back when we got down instead of just giving up. It’s hard to stay up when we don’t have our lead pitcher, and I’m proud we kept trying.”

The Lady Trojans will play in a tournament in Elba this weekend.

“Our next game is a tournament game this weekend in Elba, but we aren’t sure when because the brackets haven’t been made yet,” Haug said. “I hope we continue to get better and keep working towards the area tournaments.”