Irons: No ‘big stadium jitters’ this week for Trojans

Published 10:15 pm Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The fences are deeper, the lights are brighter and the bleachers are bigger. But Charles Henderson is right at home.

The Trojans have played at Paterson Field and Riverwalk Stadium no less than a dozen times over the last two seasons, and have no ill-feeling towards the bigger stadiums.

“We have played on both of those fields this year, and some last year,” said Derek Irons, Charles Henderson head coach. “We have played on a big field at Vestavia and we have played at Troy a little bit. I think we will handle that pretty well.”

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Frazier Field, the Trojans’ home field, is much smaller than what they will see this week.

The center field fence measures 360 feet from home plate, while the foul poles are just 300 feet from the dish.

At Paterson, it is 330 feet down the lines, 372 to the left field alley and 380 to center. Riverwalk Stadium, the home of the Montgomery Biscuits, sports a 314-foot long left field line, but a mammoth 380 feet to left center. Straightaway center sits 401 feet from home, and the oddly shaped right field wall goes from 377 in the alley to a friendly 332 in the corner thanks to a strange bend in the playing field.

The deeper alleys will require players to double cut hits to the outfield, something that Irons feels his team will have no difficulty doing.

“I think our guys have a pretty good understanding of what it takes to get the job done,” said Irons. “We have worked on double cuts and the pop fly communication. I don’t think it will be an issue. The outfielders and other players take charge out there and make sure everyone is where they need to be. I don’t think there will be an big stadium jitters.”

Charles Henderson and Ardmore will open the 4A Championship Series Thursday at 7 p.m. at historic Paterson Field in Montgomery.

The Friday afternoon games will be held at Riverwalk Stadium beginning at 4 p.m.