CHHS gets off to rough start in Lady Trojan Classic

Published 11:03 pm Friday, March 1, 2013

By AJ Watson

The Charles Henderson Trojans lost both of their games Friday night and were the only team in the Trojan Classic tournament that played two games back-to-back.

The softball squad fielded their first game against Smiths Station at 6:30 p.m and the Panthers won 11-0. The Trojans looked good in the first inning with Madison Mehaffey striking out three in a row, but were quickly checked by the Panthers on the same three-and-out. Smiths Station was able to edge out in the second inning opening up the door with 2 runs and 5 base hits.

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The Trojans were the victim of another three-and-out and that’s when the Panthers knocked the hinges off. Four consecutive Panthers would score increasing the lead to 6-0. The Trojans tried to find some magic in the 4th inning with Amberlyn Baker, Brittany Williams and Olivia Hudson all getting on base but weren’t able to find home plate.

The Trojans lost their second game against the LAMP Tigers 15-2. Although Charles Henderson was able to get on the board early in the second inning with a homerun by Amberlyn Baker the Trojans couldn’t keep up with LAMP. The Tigers scored more than 8 of their points in the second inning, with all of their players rounding the diamond except one. Charles Henderson’s Becca Hartley put the only other point on the board for the Trojans in the third inning.

“We’re just struggling right now,” head coach Robin Snyder said. “It’s something we just have to battle through. Our best hitters aren’t hitting like they should and hopefully it’s just one of this things where we’re going to get it all out of the way.”

Snyder said that the injury bug has been biting at their ankles early in the season.

“We probably just lost a pitcher to tendonitis,” he said. “It’s just part of a season and hopefully you go through it early and you get things going and you build on it. We just have to focus on that and keep getting better each game and realize we play for May. We play for that area tournament and get into regionals.”

Charles Henderson is scheduled to play Sat. at noon on field 8 of the Sportsplex