Battle of the best?

Published 10:19 pm Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Two of the best baseball teams in the state reside in Pike County.

Both teams already have double-digit wins, both have won tournaments and each are ranked in the Top Five in their respective polls.

So wouldn’t it make sense to see these two teams duke it out in a battle for their hometown bragging rights?

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Yes, I believe it does.

Both Pike Liberal Arts and Charles Henderson have already had impressive seasons and are headed directly towards the post season.

Each team has found success in different ways, shapes and forms. While both the Patriots and the Trojans have strong pitching, PLAS has developed the ability to hit the long ball, as opposed to CHHS, who relays on situational hitting and aggressive base running. Both techniques have propelled the teams to ASWA Class 5A Top 5 and the AISA Top 5. But even though these two teams are in different athletic associations, they should still get the opportunity to play one another.

Think about the kind of buzz the game would stir up in Troy thanks to both of the team’s strong and passionate fan base. The two teams could meet at Riddle-Pace Field, or could even do a home and home double-header type scenario.

All the proceeds could go raised from ticket sales could go to a charity of the two schools choosing or two each of the schools themselves.

Either way, there is no real loser in a scenario like this.

Greg Rossino is the sports editor for The Messenger, and he can be reached at or on Twitter at Messenger_Greg.