CHHS freshman squad splits doubleheader with Enterprise, Brantley

Published 10:36 am Saturday, March 17, 2012

Blake Childs tosses over to first in a game against Brantley earlier this season. (Submitted Photo)

Charles Henderson High School’s freshman team played doubleheaders with Brantley High School and Enterprise High School recently.

In Game 1 against Brantley, Blake Childs pitched 5 innings, allowed no hits, struck out eight batters and walked six, allowing one run. He was helped offensively by Nick Lewis, Bryson Gandy, Hunter Reeves and Alex Bland, who all went 1-for-2 at the plate. Charlie Tisdale was 1-for-1 and Bradley Blair and Lewis both had two stolen bases, helping to earn the 2-1 victory over the Bulldogs.

Gandy pitched 4 1/3 innings in Game 2, and gave up two hits and two runs. Eric Lee came on in relief of Gandy, pitching 2/3 innings, allowing an additional two hits and runs. Gandy recorded nine strikeouts, while Lee had one. Reeves helped offensively by going 1-for-2 at the plate. Brantley topped Charles Henderson, 4-1.

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Lee was the starting pitcher in the first game against Enterprise, pitching 2/3 of the first inning, and allowing three hits and four runs. Reeves came on in relief of Lee, pitching 3 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and two runs, while striking out two batters. Lewis and Lee went 1-for-3, Graham Wilkes went 1-for-2, and Morgan Hutchinson was 1-for-1 in the losing effort. Wilkes, Hutchinson and Carson Tucker all scored in the first game. CHMS lost the first game of the doubleheader to Enterprise 6-3.

In Game 2, Lewis pitched the first two innings, allowing four hits, four runs and struck out two batters. Hunter Blackmon pitched the remaining three innings and allowed five hits, six runs, while striking out two batters. Blackmon helped the winning effort by going 3-for-4 at the plate. Hutchinson was 2-for-3 and Wilkes and Carson Tucker were both 1-for-1. Reeves and Lewis went 1-for-2 and Lee, Gandy and Bland all went 1-for-3 in the second game of the double header. CHMS won the second game, 14-10.

“I am very proud of the guys,” said head coach Adam Helms. “They play and work hard, but we must learn to compete and execute from start to finish to reach our potential. We’re not there yet, but we’re working to get better every day.”

The freshman team will be participating in the annual Brantley Tournament this weekend and will play again at home on Tuesday, March 20, at 5 p.m. against DA Smith of Ozark.