CHHS splits with Brantley

Published 9:31 pm Thursday, April 14, 2011

For the first time in a week, the Charles Henderson Trojans were back on the diamond.

And even though there were some time in-between games, the errors that have haunted the Trojans to this point of the season were still around.

In a double-header, on the road, against Brantley, CHHS split, dropping the first game 14-13 before bouncing back and winning the night-capper, 8-6.

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“It’s kind of the same thing as before,” head coach Derek Irons said Thursday night.

“It’s just defense inconsistency. If we can find some consistency on the mound and in the field, I think we have a chance to do some good things. But we just didn’t have that in game one – it did get better in game two.”

One that thing has been consistent for the Trojans all year is the offensive firepower.

In the first game, several players launched off as Tripp Blackmon, Jalin Lawson, Chase Connell and Gregory Barnette all hit home runs.

Blackmon finished 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, Lawson finished 2-for-3 with a solo home run, Connell went 4-for-5 with a home run and Barnette went 1-for-3 with a home run.

In the second game, it was a first time varsity pitcher that helped the Trojans earn a split on the day, as Luke Hastings got the in relief.

The sophomore pitched four and third innings, giving up two earned runs while striking out two.

Meanwhile, the offense continued to stay hot, as Lawson finished 3-for-3 with a home run and 3 RBIs, while Connell went 1-for-4 with a two run homer and Barnette finished 3-for-3 with two doubles.

“Luke came in and gave us some really solid innings of relief,” Irons said.

“He was able to stop the bleeding for us on the mound – which is what we really needed.”