CHHS sweeps Eufaula over weekend

Published 10:01 pm Monday, March 22, 2010

After an area opener that saw the Charles Henderson Trojans frustrated at the plate, the team exploded Saturday for a combined 25 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Eufaula.

The doubleheader marked the second and third games the two teams had played against each other in less than 24 hours, and after it was all said and done, CHHS stood with an area record of 3-0.

CHHS head coach Derek Irons said after Friday’s 4-1 win that he wasn’t happy with the Trojans’ offensive performance in a 4-1 victory, but Saturday’s showing provided all the offense the coach could want.

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“I thought our guys responded better, especially at the plate,” Irons said. “We swung the bats well.”

In the first game, CHHS picked up a 12-6 victory, but the win was certainly not an easy one.

The Trojans were forced to work themselves out of some tough situations, namely the one the Trojans found themselves in in the bottom of the fifth.

Nathan Barron started on the mound for the Trojans, and led the team to an 8-6 lead with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Barron allowed runners on both first and second, however, causing Irons to pull Barron in favor of Blake Hutchinson. Hutchinson got the Trojans out of the jam, and pitched two and a third scoreless innings to pick up the save.

The Trojan offense was led in the first game by Chase Connell, who went 2-5 with three RBIs. Mitch McLeod had a hit, an RBI and two runs scored, while Jalin Lawson scored two runs, had two hits and drove in a run.

Chance Shaver also contributed, going 3-5 with two runs scored and an RBI, but he had plenty left to contribute on the day.

Shaver was a perfect 4-4 in the second game with two RBIs and four runs scored, a performance which helped lead the Trojans to a 13-2 win in a game that lasted only five innings due to the mercy rule.

That made Shaver a combined 7-9 with three RBIs and six runs scored on the day.

Quay Lawson drove in four runs on two hits in the second game, while Barron drove in three runs on three hits.

The two impressive wins move the No. 5-ranked Trojans to 16-4 overall and a perfect 3-0 in area play.

“It’s incredibly important to start off area play on the right foot,” Irons said. “We just played well all around, and we’re definitely where we want to be to start off area play.”

The Trojans will now have a chance at a tournament title, as they will play in the Southeast Alabama Invitational today in Wicksburg.

CHHS opens play today in Wicksburg against Geneva County at 4:30 p.m.