Not quite enough

Published 9:41 pm Monday, April 21, 2014

Charles Henderson falls to Headland 6-4 in final area game

Headland used two big innings, including a two-run homer in the top of the seventh, to eek by the Charles Henderson Lady Trojans 6-4 Monday evening at Hogans Hole.

The Lady Rams used four consecutive hits, and two Charles Henderson errors, to plate three runs in the fourth inning and take a 4-3 lead.

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In the top of the seventh inning, Headland pitcher Lauren Buchan hit a line drive homerun that hit the backside of the coping on top of the fence just to the right of the left field foul pole.

“We gave up 13 freebies tonight and lost by just two runs,” said Charles Henderson head coach Trent Givens. “We have to clean things up. It is not acceptable, and the girls know that. They are not satisfied with their performance.”

Charles Henderson took a 3-1 to the third inning, following a big inning of their own in the second.

Addyson Bryan started the rally by taking a high pitch off the arm, and later reaching second on a soft single to right field from Emma Kirkpatrick.

A throwing error allowed Bryan to move to second and Kirkpatrick to take second, and one batter later Kelsey Gibson made Headland pay for the mistake.

Gibson sent a 1-2 pitch deep to left center for a two RBI double and gave the Lady Trojans the lead. Lindsey Fox would single in Gibson later in the inning to break the lead to 3-0 at the time.

Charles Henderson would pick up one run in the bottom of the seventh on a Sidney Armstong single, but Buchan would quell the late rally attempt with a strikeout to end the game.

Headland claimed the regular season area championship with the win, and earned the right to host the area tournament.

Givens said his team has made large gains since the beginning of the season, and he hopes to see that continue over the next few weeks.

“We have come a long way since the beginning of the year, and are getting better each day,” said Givens. “We have a shot at making some noise over the next week-and-a-half. Hopefully we will keep improving and be ready when the area tourney gets here.”