Charles Henderson picks up two wins on Saturday

Published 9:19 pm Saturday, March 2, 2019

PRATTVILLE – Charles Henderson High pitchers Brock Huner and Anthony Gurba each threw complete game shutouts as the Trojans got two big wins on the road Saturday in a three-team round-robin at Prattville High School.

The Trojans, improving to 6-3 on the season, defeated an unbeaten Class 6A Saraland team 2-0 behind a two-hit shutout by Gurba, a junior, while CHHS stunned Class 7A Prattville 2-0 in the second game as Huner, a senior, also threw a complete-game shutout.

“That was probably two of the best pitching performances I’ve ever been around,” said CHHS head baseball coach Matt Whitton. “These two guys both competed from pitch one to out number twenty-one. They went after every guy in the lineup, but the big thing for us was really our good defense. We did not have an error in two games. Our pitchers took the ball to every hitter and immediately got the first strike on the batter. You can do a lot more when you stay ahead of the hitters. I really can’t say enough about the way those guys performed for us today.”

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Senior Chance Pollard led off the first game against Saraland on a hit-by-pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly, Huner reached on a bunt single, and later scored on a balk to give CHHS the 2-0 first-inning lead, with Gurba holding the previously 8-0 Saraland scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Gurba struck out two and only allowed two hits over seven innings.

Pollard, Huner, Cole McWhorter and Jackson Giles each had a hit for CHHS in the first game.

In the nightcap against Prattville, CHHS took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when once again Pollard was hit by a pitch, stole second base, Huner walked, Pollard scored on an infield error on a hard hit grounder by Lawson Scarbrough, and Huner scored from third when Walker Stallworth hit a sharp grounder to the shortstop for a fielder’s choice.

Prattville had the bases loaded in the sixth inning but Huner struck out the next batter to end the inning and the threat.

Huner allowed no runs on only four hits over seven innings while striking out five.

Against Prattville CHHS was led at the plate by Huner, McWhorter, Darryl Lee and Giles with one hit apiece.

“It’s huge for our confidence and for everyone involved with our program,” said coach Whitton. “We want our guys to believe in what we do, and believe in each other. We tell them to believe in everything they’ve got. They came in believing they could win, and they faced some adversity today in each game. Saraland had guys on second and third and we got them out, and against Prattville, they had the bases loaded, and we got the strikeout. Our guys never had any doubt that they could win two games today.”

The Trojans are in action against Tuesday when they travel to Enterprise.