Charles Henderson softball falls to Carroll

Published 12:23 am Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Charles Henderson coach Robin Snyder talks to his players during a game in Troy, Ala., Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

It was a frustrating night for the Charles Henderson offense. The Trojans left 11 runners on base despite racking up 14 hits in a 14-8 loss to Carroll on Tuesday.

Charles Henderson (5-18, 1-1) left the bases loaded twice and committed several costly errors.

Despite the loss head coach Robin Snyder has full confidence in his team’s ability.

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“We had opportunities to win the ball game,” he said. “When you load the bases and come away empty, it’s hard to win.”

Down 3-0 in the second inning, Meredith Motes singled and later scored on a Carroll fielding error. Nikki Stephens and Madison Mehaffey followed with singles but would be left stranded.

The Trojans would allow a run in the top of the third but cut the deficit to one in the bottom half.

Victoria Outlaw led off the frame with a solo homerun. Motes scratched out a single sandwiched between two fly outs. Rondrea McBride, who finished the game 3-for-4, beat out a throw for an infield, RBI single.

Charles Henderson had a difficult time slowing down the Eagles 3 and 4 hitters. Kelsey Richman and Ashley Brown each finished 4-for-5.

With Carroll clinging to a 4-3 lead, Richman pounded a fastball over the left field fence for a 2-run homer. Brown followed with a single and would later score.

The next inning the duo doubled and tripled in succession to extend the Eagles lead to 10-3.

“When you have a lead like they did, you can be aggressive,” Snyder said. “They swung the bats well but we have to play better defense.”

Charles Henderson committed four errors on the night – all of leading to runs.

Mehaffey was 3-for-5 at the plate for the Trojans. Outlaw finished 4-for-5 while Motes was 2-for-3.

Becca Hartley, Amberlyn Baker and Kait Ross also turned in hits.

Charles Henderson drops to 1-1 in area play but will look to bounce back on the road against area foe Eufaula on Thursday.

Game time is set for 5:30p.m.