Charles Henderson bats come alive in 10-5 victory

Published 10:45 pm Friday, March 21, 2014

After two weeks of tough breaks against stiff competition, the Charles Henderson Lady Trojans were finally able to walk off the field with a smile.

Charles Henderson downed Pine Forest High School of Pensacola 10-5 Friday night at Hogan’s Hole in Troy.

Pine Forest scored first, in the top of the first inning, but the Lady Trojans responded with four big runs in the bottom of the first. Lindsey Fox walked to lead off the home of the first. After Sidney Armstrong reached on an error, Tucker Earles singled to bring in Fox. Later in the inning Kelcie Gibson, who doubled with two outs, scored on single off the bat Molly Kate Sanders.

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Charles Henderson pitcher Lakin Hudson sat the Eagles down in order in the second, establishing a theme for the game.

The Lady Trojans posted two shutdown innings, and didn’t allow a run from the second through sixth innings.

“We preach shutdown innings and feel that is extremely important,” said Charles Henderson head coach Trent Givens. “When we get the momentum going in our favor we need to keep it that way. We kept them off the board tonight pretty well in the half inning after we scored.

The Lady Trojans posted another four-spot in the bottom of the fourth. Hannah Calhoun drew a leadoff walk, and Fox followed with a single. The big shot of the inning came off the bat of Earles. Earles doubled to bring home a pair of runs, and give the Lady Trojan pitching staff a comfortable lead to work with.

Nelsey Leverette, who forced a pair of pop flies to end the wild affair, put down a late Pine Forest rally attempt.

Givens feels the win will give the Lady Trojan some confidence heading in to spring break, and a tournament at the end of next week. He also expects to for the team to have some down time during the week to reset and relax.

“We will probably take two or three days and try not to think about softball,” said Givens. “We will recharge the batteries some. We have a tournament coming up, and its always good to in to it with a win.”