Trojans split with Northview

Published 7:39 pm Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Charles Henderson Trojans varsity baseball team was in action Saturday afternoon as it hit the road to face Northview.

While things didn’t go as planned for CHHS in the first game, as the team lost 12-6, the Trojans were able to bounce back and win the second game, 5-3.

Senior Mitch McLeod got the loss in game one, going four and a third innings, striking out four while allowing all four runs.

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Nathan Barron and Quay Lawson each had multiple hits in the loss.

Barron went 3-4 with a double and a run scored while Lawson went 2-4, scoring two runs.

“Didn’t play well [in the first game],” head coach Derek Irons said Saturday night.

“[We] gave up a lot of a lot freebies. Northview is a quality opponent and I don’t think we played them as competitively as we could.”

Barron too the mound in game two, and dominated from start to finish.

The senior threw a complete game, striking out 10 batters while only giving up four hits and two earned runs.

“We needed a big performance [in the second game] after we came out a little down in the first. We wanted to avoid the sweep – and Nathan gave us that boost.

“I thought he got better towards the end of the game, he finished incredibly well. He really barred down and got us a win that we needed,” Irons said. “He was pretty big time for us.”

Jalin Lawson went 2-3 with a stolen base and McLeod added a double, and RBI and scored twice.

The split improves the Trojans overall record to 3-2 on the season.

“Four of our first five games have come on the road against 6A opponents, and while we split those games, it’s not really the results we were hoping for,” Irons said.

“It’s early in the season, and we are going to make mistakes – but hopefully we learn from these mistakes so that we don’t duplicate them later on in the season

“We have to continue to improve,” the coach added.

CHHS will be in action again next Tuesday, Feb. 23, as the varsity and JV teams play host to Andalusia.

JV will lead things off with its game starting at 4:30 p.m., with the varsity to follow.