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Statement game

Monday marked the last home game for the Charles Henderson softball team and with it, the ending of two Trojans’ home careers.

Seniors Caitlin Sexton and Taylor Smartt were both honored before the Trojans’ game against Rehobeth for their five years of service to the softball program.

The celebration wouldn’t stop there however.

Thanks to timely hitting and pitching, the Trojans were able to down the No. 6 ranked Rebels, 5-4.

“(This win is) a cornerstone game for this softball team,” head coach Chad Lapp said. “This win is something all these girls will be able to build off of for the rest of their careers.”

The win helped snap a four-game losing streak for the Trojans.

Melissa Kennedy got the win for CHHS, tossing a complete game, while allowing four runs off eight hits and striking out one.

“Melissa did a great job of controlling the game,” Lapp said.

“As the game went on, she made the right adjustments which shows a great amount of maturity.”

After three scoreless innings from both teams, the Rebels struck first in the top of the fourth, to go up 1-0.

That lead would not last long, a the Trojans would rally in the bottom half of the inning for three runs.

The inning got started with back-to-back singles from Smartt and junior Courtney Wood.

Smartt would tie the game up on a passed ball and Wood would score thanks to a Victoria Outlaw single.

After stealing second, Outlaw would come around to score thanks to a Madison Mehaffey single.

After shutting down Rehobeth again in the top of the fifth, CHHS struck again.

Brooke Hudson would reach base thanks to a single, followed by another Smartt single a batter later.

Wood would drive in Ameria Blakely, who was pinch running for Hudson, to give CHHS a 4-1 lead and Smartt would come around to score thanks to a outfield error to increase the lead to 5-1.

That last run would make all the difference as the Rebels battled back in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs, and in the process cutting the lead to just one run.

Kennedy would stay focused and get the final three outs to secure the victory for her team.

“To win this game – this is the best way for our seniors to go out,” Lapp said afterwards about Sexton and Smartt. “Both girls are inspirational,” the coach added. “Caitlin is a silent leader, leads by example and is extremely dependable. Taylor is super positive, has a great personality and is a great team leader.”

Smartt led the way for her team, finishing 2-3 at the plate with two runs scored while both Wood and Outlaw finished 1-3 with an RBI each.

“This is exactly what we wanted for the end of the season,” Lapp said about the team’s ability to get hits in key situations. “We are getting on base and getting big hits with quality at bats when we need them.”