CHHS defeats Goshen 5-2 in county showdown

Published 10:15 pm Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Charles Henderson won a battle of county rivals Tuesday, as it defeated Goshen 5-2 at the Troy Sportsplex.

“I was wondering if we could come off our rest and be able to be solid defensively and solid at the plate, and we were today,” said CHHS head coach Chad Lapp. “We really hit the ball well today.”

Courtney Wood pitched six strong innings for CHHS, giving up two runs.

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For Goshen, head coach Dee Hughes said Wood’s pitching threw the Eagle hitters off.

“We didn’t hit the ball very well today,” Hughes said. “They threw us a pitcher that was a little off-speed, and we were just out in front a little.”

CHHS took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, and never trailed from there.

Taylor Smartt singled in the first, and later came around to score on an RBI double from Wood. Wood also crossed the plate in the first to give CHHS the 2-0 advantage.

Goshen cut it to 2-1 in the third when Nioka Slater scored on an error, but the Eagles were unable to tie the game up at any point.

CHHS extended its lead in the fourth when Jauqeja Booker and Victoria Outlaw came around to score. The Trojans then scored their fifth and final run in the fifth when Madison Mehaffey scored to make it 5-1 in favor of CHHS.

Goshen would score one more in the sixth when Amanda Griggs doubled and later crossed the plate to make it 5-2.

The Eagles could not rally in the seventh, however, as Melissa Kennedy got the save by pitching a perfect inning that included two strikeouts.