Top-ranked Charles Henderson gives Headland life, takes win in extras

Published 11:25 pm Thursday, April 4, 2013

As has been the case on most games this season, Charles Henderson looked to be in complete control of Thursday’s area contest with Headland.

Leading 3-0 with two outs in the seventh inning, Headland scored a run on an RBI double. A Trojan fielding error would allow two more runs to come across tying the game.

After Charles Henderson went down quietly in the home half of the seventh and Headland did the same in the top of the eighth, John Johnson singled to left field to score Luke Hastings and hand the Trojans their 23rd victory of the season.

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Charles Henderson (23-2) broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. Three consecutive singles from Austin Ingram, Luke Hastings and John Johnson loaded the bases. Xavius Burden and Morgan Shaver each picked up RBIs with a pair of sacrifice fly balls. Hunter Baggett knocked in the third run with a double to left-center.

Starter Houston Mabray went the distance for the Trojans on just 87 pitches. He walked just one while striking out five and allowed four hits.

The Trojans couldn’t quite push runs across in the first three innings after getting base runners on, all three times however came with two outs. Charles Henderson first real scoring threat came with two outs in the third inning when Tripp Blackmon reached after being hit with a pitch. Smartt single through the hole to left field but Headland escaped the jam by forcing a ground out.

Of the Trojans 24 outs, 15 were of the ground ball variety.

Charles Henderson will travel to face the same Headland squad today in a scheduled doubleheader. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

Charles Henderson return home April 9 when they face Ashford.