Moving on: Trojans sweep Dallas County in opening round of state playoffs

Published 3:00 am Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hunter Reeves (above) of CHHS allowed no runs and struck out nine in Friday’s first-game win over Dallas County

The Charles Henderson Trojans swept the Dallas County Hornets 18-1 and 17-1 in the opening round of the Class 5A state playoffs on Friday.

In all the Trojans outscored the Hornets 35-2 and even the offense was successful, both pitchers Hunter Reeves and Graham Wilkes set the tone on the mound.

“Those guys have been pulling our wagon all year long,” said head coach Josey Shannon. “We don’t anticipate doing anything different. I am very proud of them. They take their job seriously. When I give them the ball I anticipate them going the distance.”

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Hunter Reeves pitched five innings in the first game, allowing four hits on nine strikeouts. Joshua Lester took the loss for the Hornets after throwing two innings and allowing six runs on just two hits.

The Trojans finished with 11 hits, led by Reeves and Jabronski Williams who each had two hits. The Hornets had four hits from Andre Smith, Landon Macomb, Octavious Palmer and Gabe Denson.

CHHS baserunner Jabronski Williams was safe at the plate on his slide as he and Dallas County catcher Hunter Skinner look for the umpires call Friday

The Hornets got a single and double in the first inning, before Reeves pitched out of the jam. The Trojans scored in the bottom of the first when Bryson Gandy hit a smash that the Dallas County first baseman couldn’t handle, scoring Williams.

The Hornets had two runners in scoring position with nobody out in the second before Reeves responded with three strikeouts, preserving CHHS’ 1-0 lead.

Lester got the first two outs rather quickly in the second, but then walked the next three Trojan batters. With the bases loaded, Williams hit a single past the first baseman scoring Noah Lowery. Murphy followed with a smash over the left-center wall for a grand slam to give the Trojans a 6-0 lead.

Reeves struck out the side in the third inning.

The Hornets brought in pitcher Cade Whitaker in the bottom of the third, and he surrendered three runs before being taken out of the game. Lowery scored the first run on a balk and Reeves hit a two-run homerun to score Tisdale.

The Trojans scored four more runs in the inning off new pitcher Andre Smith. Tucker smacked a two-run single and Graham Wilkes hit a two-run homerun over the wall in left.

The Hornets got on the board in the fourth inning when Joseph Jones reached on a throwing error, scoring Paul Daniels.

The Trojans got an RBI triple by Williams, an RBI single by Lawson Scarbrough and an RBI double by Gandy to increase their lead to 18-1 in the bottom of the fourth.

Wilkes took the ball in game two and pitched all five innings in the Trojans comfortable win. He allowed just one hit and one unearned run, while striking out three. Gabe Denson earned the loss for the Hornets after throwing eight runs on eight hits over hits three and three thirds innings of work.

The Trojans finished with 14 hits. Williams went 3-4 at the plate, while Gandy, Devan Suddith and Tisdale all had two hits. Paul Daniels picked up the lone hit for the Hornets. 

The Trojans advance to round two where they will take on the winner of Valley and Jackson on April 28.

“We always talk about having laser focus,” Shannon said. “We have to play focused and loose no matter who we play. Ill get a scouting report on who we are going to paly this weekend. Depending on what it says, will dictate what we do.”