CHHS gears up for home opener against Luverne

Published 10:55 pm Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The baseball season has officially started for the teams around Pike County.

Charles Henderson got things kicked off with a double dose of baseball – on opening day.

Thanks to weather that hit the county over the weekend, Monday’s game against Dothan was postponed unto Tuesday and during that double-header, the Trojans split with the Tigers.

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In the first game of the year, the Trojans got off to a good start, thanks to solid pitching and hitting.

Nathan Barron held Dothan to just one run, while striking out four in four innings.

Mitch McLeod had three hits and drove in two runs while Quay Lawson hit his first career homerun during a CHHS 6-2 victory.

In the second game, Harrison Reeves pitched four solid innings however, it wasn’t enough as the Trojans fell to the Tigers, 7-4.

“We played a bit better than I thought we would,” head coach Derek Irons said Wednesday afternoon.

“We scored enough runs to win in both games – our defense is not where it needs to be though. “Overall, I was pleased with the effort and focus, we just have to match up both with our execution,” the coach added.

One of the areas Irons said Dothan was able to take advantage of was the CHHS pitching.

“Our pitchers are not far off from where I want them to be – they aren’t there yet, but they aren’t far off,” Irons said.

“We didn’t throw strikes all to well plus we had a lot of walks.”

Playing baseball has been a rarity for most of the teams in the surrounding area due to the weather the past couple of weeks and Irons said he could definitely see the effects the weather has caused with his team.

“No question about it, the weather effect both teams,” the coach said. “But that is adversity, and it comes with the game.”

As for improving for tonight’s home opener against Luverne, Irons said a key to success early on in the season is one that will be just as important in the latter half the season – making the average play.

“Making the average play will win games early in the season and that is something we have to continue to do,” he said.

“Our plan going into every game is to throw strikes, pound the strike zone and make the plays in the field.

“As the season moves on, that mindset is not going to go away. We should be able to dominate the average plays and make one or two special plays during a game,” Irons added.

Luverne and CHHS will get underway at 4:30 this afternoon at CHHS.