Trojans fall but looking forward to playoffs

Published 10:44 am Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Charles Henderson made it interesting but ultimately fell to Enterprise High School, 8-7, in the Trojans regular season finale.

Enterprise built a 7-0 lead before the Trojans came storming back.

Down 7-2 with two outs in the fourth, Enterprise third baseman Ryan Brunson fielded a Morgan Shaver ground ball and attempted to apply a tag on Gregory Barnette advancing to third. Barnette avoided the tag, loading the bases. Junior first baseman Joey Denison made the Wildcats pay as he lined a pitch over the blue monster in left field to bring the Trojans within one run, 7-6.

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Chase Smartt then promptly drove the first pitch he saw over the right field fence to tie the game.

“We dug ourselves in a big hole to begin with, but we fought like we have all year,” Charles Henderson head coach Derek Irons said. “Both teams were trying to get a lot of guys some work but it was good game between good teams.”

Houston Mabray started on the mound for Charles Henderson and struggled, allowing five runs on four hits but three errors proved costly in the inning.

Enterprise added a run in the second off Tripp Blackmon. Michael Fox, the third Trojan pitcher of the day, surrendered one run in the third but held the Wildcats in check until the sixth.

Enterprise loaded the bases before Fox earned a strikeout for the second out. Fox short hopped a breaking ball to the next batter that hit the front of the plate and landed against the backstop allowing the eventual winning run to score.

Charles Henderson (24-7) would advance the tying run to third in the seventh before being retired.

“The guys kept fighting and fighting, we just ran out of gas towards the end,” Irons said. “I’m proud of the way we came back, that’s what you like to see heading into the playoffs.”

The Trojans will return to the practice field on Wednesday and Thursday before facing Tallassee High School in the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs on Friday.

“We’ll get prepared the best we can,” Irons said. “We’ll get back to work on the fundamentals. The team that dominates the routine stuff is normally the team that wins.”

Charles Henderson and Tallassee will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 4:30p.m.