Trojans improve to 10-3 after knocking off Dale County and Luverne

Published 9:08 pm Saturday, March 9, 2019

Charles Henderson High again got strong pitching performances to earn wins over Dale County and Luverne Saturday at Hogan’s Hole in Troy.

Anthony Gurba earned the win in a 22-0 drubbing of Dale County in the first game, while Brock Huner battled for the complete-game 6-4, come-from-behind win over Luverne in the second game.

Improving to 10-3 on the year, CHHS won its sixth game in a row. Head Coach Matt Whitton gives credit not only to the pitching and vastly improved defense, but also the aggressive approach each batter takes at the plate.

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“I thought we played two quality ball games, and swung the bat really well,” said Coach Whitton. “Our batters were all aggressive early in the count, and they put our plan in action that we have been saying, and that is to hit fastballs early in the count and it showed in game one. In the first game we had 14 hits, two home runs, and that’s good to see to be on attack mode early. “

Caden Bryan hit a three-run homer and Darryl Lee hit a grand slam in the first game to pace the Trojans.

Chance Pollard, Huner and Cole McWhorter had two hits each, while Lee, Lawson Scarbrough, Will Reeves, Keonte Brantley, Bryan and Jaylen Deveridge had one hit apiece.

Gurba worked four complete innings, allowing no runs on three hits while striking out two. Press Jeffcoat worked the fifth and final inning, allowing no runs on one hit.

In the second game Luverne jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Trojans tied it 3-3 in the bottom half of the inning.

Huner and Scarbrough both reached base and with two outs Walker Stallworth cranked a home run to tie it 3-3.

The Tigers went up 4-3 in the top of the second but the Trojans responded with one run when Brantley singled and scored on a double by Huner.

Huner then shut down Luverne, retiring the next 15 consecutive batters, striking out seven.

The Trojans broke the 4-4 deadlock in the bottom of the sixth inning when Lee reached by error, Jackson Giles singled, and with two outs Huner doubled again, this time driving in two runs for the 6-4 advantage.

The senior righty struck out the first two batters in the top of the seventh and got the next hitter to ground out to Scarbrough at third base to end the game.

Huner allowed four runs on four hits while striking seven and walking none to earn the win.

Giles and Huner had two hits apiece while Scarbrough, Stallworth, Brantley and Bryan had one hit each.

CHHS will host Andalusia on Tuesday for a JV and varsity double-header, Enterprise comes to Troy on Thursday, while Stanhope and Providence play at Hogan’s Hole on Saturday.