Charles Henderson set for rematch against UMS-Wright

Published 10:29 pm Thursday, May 9, 2013

Baseball great Yogi Berra coined a phrase that has become common speak in our lives, “It’s like deja vu all over again.”

The Charles Henderson Trojans are living that saying this weekend as the prepare to face UMS-Wright once again this season.

The Trojans (36-3) knocked off the Bulldogs on March 22, 4-3 at Riddle-Pace Field in Troy.

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Charles Henderson coach Derek Irons said that he doesn’t feel that win will have anything to do with how the games will play out this weekend.

“That gamed was nearly six weeks ago,” said Irons. “There is no doubt in my mind that Charles Henderson is a better baseball team than we were then, but, I am sure that UMS is much better as well. It will be good baseball between good teams.”

The semi-final series against UMS-Wright (28-10) marks the second time in the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs that Charles Henderson has seen a team for the second time in a season.

Two weeks ago, the Trojans traveled to Alabama Christian Academy and completed a season sweep of the Eagles to advance to the third round.

“Our preparation this week has kind of been the same as we had for Alabama Christian the second time around,” said Irons. “They (UMS-Wright) have a little familiarity with us, and us with them, but at the same time, each team has improved over the last few weeks. Each week now is like a mini season, lose and go home.”

Charles Henderson captured the Area 3 championship while UMS Wright finished as the Area 1 runner-up.

The Trojans defeated Brewbaker Tech in a first round series by scores of 3-1 and 20-1, knocked off Alabama Christian 11-1 and 7-5 in the second round series. Charles Henderson defeated Beauregard in the quarterfinals 3-2 in 11 innings and 10-4 to earn a spot in the AHSAA semi-finals.

UMS-Wright defeated Andalusia 7-0 and 10-2 in the first round and beat Thomasville 14-9, lost 12-9, then won game three 10-2 to win the series. In the quarterfinals the Bulldogs swept Jemison 5-1 and 12-0.

Senior Houston Mabray, the Trojan traditional game one starter will get the ball in the series opener.

Mabray, A LBW signee, has posted a 9-1 record and 1.47 ERA. He has also recorded 52 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched.

Game two starter Tripp Blackmon is 7-0 on the mound this season, with a 1.74 ERA.

As a team, Charles Henderson sports a paltry 2.19 ERA over the course of the season.

First pitch for the doubleheader is set for 4:30 P.m. on Friday. The “if necessary” game is set for noon on Saturday.