‘We came alive’

Published 10:31 pm Friday, February 28, 2014

Cole Wilson thows his hands a pitch in the fourth. The Trojans pounded out eight hits against Baldwin County. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)

Cole Wilson thows his hands a pitch in the fourth. The Trojans pounded out eight hits against Baldwin County. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)

Charles Henderson downs Baldwin County, 10-0

Charles Henderson scored at least one run in every inning, as it cruised past Baldwin County 10-0 in the opening game of the Terry Sikes Memorial Tournament.

The Trojans scored two runs in the first and second innings, one in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth to close out the Tigers in five innings.

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Charles Henderson head coach Derek Irons feels the blowout win was one of the better games his team has played so far in the 2014 season.

“Pitching and defense were great today,” Irons said. “We have been pretty consistent with that all year, but I am really proud of the way our guys made adjustments at the plate. The first couple of innings we were a little slow, but made some really good adjustments and we were able to play a complete ball game.”

The Trojans drew four consecutive walks to start the game, and led 2-0 after the first inning without recording a hit in the opening stanza.

Charles Henderson picked up its first hit of the game in the second on an infield single by leadoff man Hunter Baggett. The second and third trips through the order were the money rounds for Charles Henderson as Austin Ingram, Cole Wilson, Baggett, Chase Smartt and Xavius Burden all found green grass with base knocks.

Baggett put an end to the game in the fifth with a picture perfect single to right field that scored Wright Graning and Reilly Fox.

Irons said Baggett’s hit summed up the day for the Trojans.

“Hunter stayed back, kept his hands in and drove the ball to right field,” said Irons. “We made adjustments at the plate all day, and he did on that at-bat. We started a little slow, but you can live with that as long as you play good defense and pitch well, which is what we did today.”

Ingram got the win on the mound working four innings, striking out three and scattering five hits.

Baggett led the Trojans at the dish going 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs. Ingram went 2-for-2 with a couple if RBIs as well.

Charles Henderson kept the hot bats going in the second game of the day as well. The Trojans scored seven runs in the first three innings en route to a 8-3 win over Eufaula.

Smartt went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

Charles Henderson will play two games on Saturday. The Trojans will meet Mountain Brook at 12:30 p.m. at Frazier Field, and Northview at 7 p.m. at Riddle-Pace.