Charles Henderson downs Headland to claim season series

Published 8:51 pm Friday, April 5, 2013

The Charles Henderson High School baseball team defeated Headland High School, 4-3, in area action on Friday in Headland.

The top-ranked Trojans fought back from a 2-0 deficit to move to 25-2 on the season.

Trailing 2-0 in the sixth, Chase Smartt doubled with one out. Joey Denison then ripped a single on the first pitch of the at bat to put the Trojans on the board and cut the Rams lead in half.

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Down to their final three out with John Johnson standing on third base, Hunter Baggett walked before Tripp Blackmon, the Trojans starting pitcher, got himself off the hook with a game-tying double. If the moment wasn’t intense enough, Blackmon’s hit came on a 2-2 count. Smartt gave CHHS the lead with a two-RBI single.

Blackmon would retire the Rams in order in the seventh.

The game comes just 24 hours after the Trojans edged the same Headland squad, 4-3, at home in extra innings.

Blackmon picked up the win by going the distance for Charles Henderson. He struck out six batters and allowed just five hits on 77 pitches.

Smartt finished the game 2-for-3. Blackmon, Denison and Johnson accounted for the Trojans other three hits.

Headland took the early lead with a run in the second inning. The Rams added another run in the fifth. Both runs were produced by Charles Henderson fielding errors.

The Trojans will return home on April 9 as they host Ashford. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.

The teams will play a doubleheader in Ashford on Thursday.