Trojans sweep Tigers
Published 3:00 am Friday, March 11, 2016
The Charles Henderson Trojans began area play with a double-header sweep on the road against Eufaula on Thursday night. Game one the Trojans won a back and forth game 8-7 before winning in blowout fashion 9-2 in game two.
“Anytime you get a sweep it’s good,” said Trojans head coach William Teal. “We just didn’t play as good as I was hoping for. It was one of the games again when we didn’t have our best stuff, but we were able to pull out the win.”
Chase Hartley took the ball for the Trojans in game one and picked up the win after allowing two runs on four hits during his four and a third innings of work.
The Trojans fell behind early in game one by allowing a run in the bottom of the first inning. After both teams went scoreless in the second inning, the Trojans offense got in gear.
The Trojans got three straight singles in the inning by Jabronski Williams, Bryson Gandy and Nick Lewis. Lewis’s single scored Williams on the play. After Gandy came around to score on an error by the shortstop on a hit ball by Jackson Murphy, Charlie Tisdale smacked a double, scoring both pinch runner Grant Hughes and Lewis to give the Trojans a 4-1 lead.
In the bottom of the third inning walks became a factor for the Trojans. The Tigers scored a run on just one single and three walks. Free bases were a problem for the Trojans in game one, they walked a total of 14 batters on the night.
With the Trojans up 4-2 entering the fifth inning they tacked on another run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Charlie Tisdale that scored Grant Hughes.
After the Tigers once again cut the deficit by making the score 5-3, the Trojans scored three more times in the sixth inning and got big run producing hits by Gandy and Lewis. Gandy also came around to score on a wild pitch.
The Trojans needed every bit of those insurance runs. The Tigers scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings and had the leading runs on base before Gandy was able to shut the door and clinch the win in game one.
In game two the Trojans exploded. They were able to score nine runs in the game off nine hits. Three Trojans, Lewis, Hartley and Carson Tucker all had two hits in the game.
Tisdale took the ball in game two and pitched all seven innings for the Trojans, allowing just two runs off six hits.
“He threw the ball really well,” Teal said. “He controlled the zone really well. He was efficient by throwing 92 pitches in seven innings. He was giving us a chance to make a play.”
The turning point of the game came in the top of the fourth inning. With the Trojans already up 1-0, the Trojans went on to score seven runs off just four hits in the inning to go up 8-0 over the Tigers.
Williams, Lewis and Hartley all had RBI hits in the inning for the Trojans.
“We were hitting the ball all throughout the game,” Teal said. “We were putting pressure on the defense. In that one inning when we were able to put up seven, that was the first time all night that our guys were putting up quality at bats.”
With the win the Trojans improve to 14-1 on the season.
The Trojans will match up again with the Tigers later today when they host Eufaula at Hogan’s Hole.