CHHS softball splits Trojan Classic games

Published 11:03 pm Friday, March 5, 2010

Charles Henderson got started on the right foot for the Trojan Classic, thanks to a dominating performance in its first game against Elmore County.

Thanks to pitcher Hannah Fountain, who pitched a complete game, striking out four, the Trojans were able to get out in front of the Panthers and stay there, winning 11-0.

“Nice start,” head coach Chad Lapp said after the victory.

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“This was a nice confidence builder for us. I talked about being consistent (on Thursday night) with the team and I think that we are off to a good start.”

CHHS led 5-0 after three innings but was able to blow the game open in the bottom of the fourth when the Trojans batted around.

Victoria Outlaw got things started with a lead off single and after a stolen base put her in scoring position, Taylor Smartt brought her home with an RBI single.

Jauqeja Booker and Fountain would each add RBIs as the Trojans rolled off six runs.

“Our philosophy is to be aggressive on the base path and that was a big part of getting this win,” Lapp said.

In the second game of the Trojans’ double-header, the team was unable to duplicate its winning ways, losing to Citronelle 8-6.

After overcoming a shaky first inning that saw three Citronelle runners cross home plate, CHHS would take the lead a t 4-3, thanks to two runs in both the bottom of the first and second.

Citronelle would strike back with two runs in the top of the third and in the process ending starting pitcher Courtney Wood’s night.

The visiting team would tack on three more runs to make it a four-run game at 8-4.

In the bottom of the fourth however, the Trojans were able to put together a two-out rally, cutting the lead to 8-6, but unfortunately for CHHS, that would be as close as the team would get to the lead.

“I felt we played these two games very consistanly,” Lapp said after the loss. “And that is what I was hoping for.”

“We had a couple of errors in the first couple of innings but what I really liked to see was our ability to answer back when we were down.

“Our confidence level is up right now,” the coach added.

Smartt finished the second game going 3-3 with three RBIs and a triple.

The Trojans will take the field next, today at 11 a.m.