BACK IN ACTION: CHHS Lady Trojans beat Highland Home Flying Squadron in 13-0 shutout

Published 3:00 am Friday, April 3, 2015

Hannah Calhoun eyes the ball while waiting to take her swing.  MESSENGER PHOTO/DAN SMITH

Hannah Calhoun eyes the ball while waiting to take her swing.

Dan Smith

The Lady Trojans of Charles Henderson High got back to their winning ways Thursday against Highland Home, as Molly Kate Sanders pitched a shutout and was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a triple in a 13-0 CHHS victory.

With the win, the very young CHHS team improves to 10-10, and hits the road this weekend for a tough series in the Prattville Christian Academy tournament.

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“In the first inning we only scored two runs, but made adjustments,” said head coach Heather Mitchell. “We had a few girls who were out in front of balls, not staying through it, but when we came up the second and third times we were not doing those things. We’re staying back, we’re letting the ball travel, we’re being on top. So we put everything together and did it right, and when you do that, great things happen for good teams.”

CHHS scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning as Hannah Calhoun walked and scored on a double by Sanders, who later scored on an infield miscue for the 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second inning the Lady Trojans added three runs to go up 5-0 as Lindsey Fox was hit by a pitch, Lakin Turner reached on an error, Calhoun reached on an infield hit and Sanders drove in a run with an infield ground out to short.

The Lady Trojans put the game away in the bottom of the third, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs.

Emma Kirkpatrick walked to start the inning, stole second base, Tucker Earles then walked, and Kelsey Gibson singled. Later with two outs Turner singled, Calhoun was hit by a pitch, Sanders tripled to drive in two runs, Sidney Armstrong doubled and Kirkpatrick tripled for the 12-0 lead.

The Lady Trojans added their final run in the bottom of the fourth inning as Fox reached on an infield error and scored a a double by Addison Bryan.

Sanders was tough on the mound, allowing no runs on five hits, striking out four and walking none over five innings.

At the plate, Sanders and Turner had two hits each while Calhoun, Armstrong, Kirkpatrick, Earles, Gibson and Bryan had one hit each.

Highland Home scattered five hits through their batting order as Knightlyn Mosley, Cheyenne Commander, Emily Brown, Sayge Snell and Tanner Harris had one hit each.

The Lady Trojans hit the road Friday and Saturday in the Prattville Christian Academy tournament against Pike County High and Prattville Christian on Friday, and will be seeded Saturday depending on their won-lost record against those two opponents.

“I’m very proud of this group of girls, as they are in this 100-percent,” said Mitchell.