Trojans push past Northridge, 11-6
Published 12:48 pm Saturday, March 3, 2012
Charles Henderson picked up its second win in the Terry Sikes Memorial Tournament with an 11-6 decision over Northridge High School on Friday afternoon.
The Trojans fell behind in the first inning on a RBI single following a 2-out walk. It wouldn’t take long for Charles Henderson to answer, however. Michael Fox led off the home half with a double. Jalin Lawson quickly knocked him in with a double and later scored on a Joey Denison single. Two batters later, Tripp Blackmon tripled home Denison, who finished 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Chase Smartt to extend the Trojans lead to 4-1.
Northridge would tie the game in the top of the third on a consecutive RBI singles.
The Trojans wouldn’t lie down as Denison dispatched a 1-1 pitch over the left-center field wall to regain the lead for Charles Henderson.
“I thought we did a good job at the plate,” head coach Derek Irons said. “We ha
Luke Hastings would single home Blackmon three batters later and the Trojans would lead, 6-4.
After Charles Henderson added a run in the fourth, Austin Adler would take over on the mound for starter Michael Fox. Adler silenced the Northridge offense for more than inning. The Jaguars would close to within one in the fifth with a 2-out single that scored two runs.
Clinging to a 6-5 lead, Charles Henderson used a four hit, four run sixth inning to widen the gap and secure the victory.
“We made the most of our opportunities,” Irons said. “That’s what we’ve been preaching and our guys did a good job of that today.”
The Trojans were able to lead off four of their six offensive innings with base runners. All four innings the runners scored.
Fox was 2-for-4 at the plate on the day with a pair of double. Lawson continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-4 afternoon with two RBI. Lawson is now 5-for-8 for the tournament with six RBI and 17 total bases.
Blackmon and Smartt also turned in multiple hit performances.