CHHS suffers first three-game losing streak in three years

Published 9:47 pm Monday, March 14, 2011

The last time the Charles Henderson Trojans lost three-straight games was three years ago, during the 2008 season.

Then, Trojans found themselves competing against Florida schools in a tournament, and lost to Bay, Rutherford and Mosely.

After being swept by Thompson in a double-header Saturday afternoon, the fear of losing three games in-a-row became a possibility for the first time in years. And on Monday afternoon, that fear was realized with a 5-1 loss to Slocumb in the opening game of the Southeast Alabama Invitational.

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“We are sort of in uncharted territory right now,” head coach Derek Irons said Monday night. “But we just have to keep competing and keep grinding.

“I think we played better (Monday night), but part of it is the competition. The last two pitchers we have seen are going to be in the SEC next year. We can’t control that. We have to figure out a way to score some runs. We played hard (Monday night), but we made some mistakes and in good, close ball games, those mistakes are going to get you beat.”

For the first time since throwing a one-hitter last week against Brantley, Tripp Blackmon took the mound for the Trojans.

Unfortunately, Monday’s outing was not as successful as the last.

The sophomore threw four and two thirds of an inning, giving up four earned runs while striking out one. Michael Fox came in relief, throwing one and a third inning, striking out two and did not allow a hit. At the plate, a Joey Denison sacrifice fly scored the lone Trojan run, as it brought home Jalin Lawson. Fox finished 1-3 with a stolen base.

CHHS will get a chance to answer back to the loses with a double header today against Houston County and host team G.W. Long.