ACA rallies to beat CHHS, 4-3

Published 10:55 pm Friday, March 4, 2011

In the first of three games in Montgomery, the Charles Henderson Trojan baseball team experienced just about every emotion one can have in a game.

However, the final emotion was one the team would choose to forget.

For six innings, the Trojans had the lead and appeared posed to its fifth win of the season, that was before Alabama Christian rallied in the final inning to take the game away, winning 4-3.

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After pitching six strong innings, senior Harrison Reeves was pulled for Brantley LeCroy.

The sophomore walked the first two batters he faced and was pulled for junior Jalin Lawson.

A bunt and an error on the ensuing two at bats would tied the game up at 3-3 and a Lawson wild pitch, with a runner on third, sealed the Trojans’ fate, as Alabama Christian would get the winning and final run.

“I thought really for the first time this year, we played like a young team,” head coach Derek Irons said Friday night.

“We did not have a sense of urgency offensively. We got out to an 3-0 lead and put it in cruise control because Harrison was doing well on the mound. Defensively, we were making plays, but offensively, we just got complacent.”

Reeves pitched six innings, giving up zero earned runs, allowed five hits and struck out five.

Offensively, Chase Connell hit his first home run of the season, while sophomore Tripp Blackmon finished 2-3.

“It’s always best to learn lessons when you win, but I definitely think we learned some lessons (Friday night),” Irons said.

“We played and executed like we were young. We didn’t make adjustments at the plate like we should and we go away from everything that our game goals tell us that we need to do.”

The Trojans will look to bounce back this morning against St. James as Patterson Field with a first pitch scheduled for 9:30 a.m.