Ingram’s bat, arm helps lead Charles Henderson to another title

Published 10:05 pm Monday, May 19, 2014

Austin Ingram’s explosive bat and powerful arm helped lead the Charles Henderson Trojans to their second-straight AHSAA 4A State Championship last week.

Ingram batted .333 in the three-game series against Ardmore and was one of three players to get a hit in each game of the championship series.

In the winner-take-all game three, Ingram went 1-for-2 with a monstrous three-run home run to left field that put the game out of reach.

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Ingram also pitched his way to a complete-game in the rubber match.

On the hill, Ingram gave up five hits, struck out two and surrendered on three runs as the Trojans cruised to the state title.

“It is a great feeling to know that I went out there and played well,” Ingram said in the post-game press conference. “More importantly, it is not about me. It is about this team and what we accomplished. We overcame a lot of adversity and won those last two games.”

The state title is Ingram’s second, having been member of the CHHS team in 2013.

He was also a member of the 2013 Charles Henderson football team that started the season 14-0, before falling in the state championship game to Oneonta.

Ingram said the second baseball title takes some of the sting away from not winning the football crown.

“You get so low after you lose the state championship, but you get to a high again now,” Ingram said. “It is definitely a feeling I will cherish for the rest of my life.”