Trojans ready for rematch with area foe Rehobeth

Published 3:00 am Friday, April 29, 2016

For the second time in two weeks the CHHS Trojans head to Rehobeth for a high-stakes matchup against their longtime rivals.

Two weeks ago Charles Henderson and Rehobeth met for a three game series to determine who would walk away as area Class 5A Area 3 champion. Rehobeth got the better of the Trojans during the series winning the final two games.

This time, there’s much more at stake, since the winner will advance in the state playoffs.

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“This is baseball team that loses 10 straight, can make a run and win a championship,” said Charles Henderson head coach William Teal. “Records don’t matter, head-to-head doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is in between the white lines tomorrow night.”

The teams are familiar with one another, many of the players are friends, and both teams want to beat the other. “(The players) have something else on their mind with a rematch with Rehobeth. It’s going to be a hostile environment, and they know that.”

Charles Henderson knows that they are going to have to give everything they have to take out their area rival.

“We have confidence going in knowing that if we play the type of ball that we are capable of playing, we can win,” Teal said. “We are going to have to play a solid baseball game and not give them anything.”

Teal has preached the importance of shut down innings after they score and answer innings when the opponent scores. Those situations are magnified in the post season.

“It’s huge,” Teal said. “It is something that I have done since I was in high school and at Troy, and it’s something that Coach Irons did. It’s part of the game, and it’s something you have to do to win ballgames. You have to be able to answer when the other team scores, and you have to be able to shut down the other team when you score.”

The Trojans have yet to name a starter for game one, but according to Teal, whoever starts has only one goal.

“They have to throw strikes,” Teal said. “It’s been proven to us time and time again, we have to throw strikes and play defense. If we do that we are confident that we can put up enough runs to win.”

Game one between the Trojans and Rehobeth is slated for 5 p.m. with game two following shortly after.