Goshen stays alive, CHHS eliminated

Published 6:29 am Friday, May 17, 2013

By Ryan McCollough and Wes Johnson

Goshen got a big day from freshman Katie Thomas on day one of the Alabama High School Athletic Association softball tournament to make it to day two.

Goshen opened the day with a 5-2 win over Walter Wellborn and closed it with a 3-2 win over Prattville Christian. Sandwiched in the middle was an Eagle loss to Mobile Christian.

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Thomas hit her first career home run in the first inning of the Wellborn game, and netted a walk-off single against Prattville Christian.

“We worked all week with her on keeping her front elbow in and swinging through the ball,” said Goshen head coach  Dee Hughes. “She has been close a bunch of times, and finally got one today.”

One of Goshen’s early goals was to make it to the second day of the state tournament, and the Lady Eagles accomplished that feat.

Goshen will play at 10:30 a.m. On Friday at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

“We told the girls that they should be proud,” said Hughes. “We played on the first day of softball season, and will be playing on the final day as well.”

Charles Henderson fell twice in the Alabama High School Athletic Association State Tournament on Thursday ending its season.

Charles Henderson dropped its opening game to Haleyville High School, 8-1, in the AHSAA Class 4A State Tournament.

The Trojans fell behind early and just couldn’t fight back against Haleyville starter Holly Ward.

Haleyville struck in the bottom of the first when Callie Pendley singled and later scored on a wild pitch.

The Lions scored a pair in the third and two more on a home run by Tori Pendley in the fourth.

Charles Henderson scattered five hits but really only had one scoring opportunity which came with one out in the fourth inning.

Olivia Hudson and Amberlyn Baker both single to give Charles Henderson its first real threat. Haleyville would escape however on a pop out and ground out.

Becca Hartley got the start in the circle for Charles Henderson and would pitch four innings allowing five runs on eight hits. Hartley struck out six and did not surrender a walk.

Sam Yarbrough pitched the final two frames allowing two runs, neither earned.

At the plate for the Trojans, Hudson, Hartley, Baker and Yarbrough all singled.

Charles Henderson scored its only run in the seventh inning when Meredith Motes reached on a fielder’s choice and scored when Rondrea McBride singled and the ball got away from the right fielder.

In game two Charles Henderson fell to Oak Grove and was eliminated from the tournament.

After three scoreless innings, Oak Grove took control and never looked back dropping Charles Henderson 5-0 in an elimination game.

Oak Grove scored a run in the fourth, three in the fifth and one more in the sixth to take the victory.

Olivia Hudson, Sam Yarbrough, Meredith Motes and Rondrea McBride all had singles.

Charles Henderson finishes the season 20-29.