Four late runs secures Charles Henderson win

Published 9:18 pm Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Charles Henderson High rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Rehobeth 8-3 Tuesday, giving the Trojans their first Class 5A, Area 3 win of the season in their area opener against the Rebels.

The Trojans, ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, continue their winning ways as well as their come-from-behind fashion. Improving to 15-3 on the year, CHHS has won 11 in a row and 14 of their last 15 games.

Senior righty Brock Huner worked the complete seven-inning game for the victory on the mound for the Trojans.

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“I thought we started out slow and we were a little sluggish, especially in our first area game,” said CHHS Head Coach Matt Whitton. “But anytime you can come out on top and get a win is good. We did some really good things in the middle of the game and late in the game, we got some big hits when we needed them and got the runs when we needed them late in the game.”

Rehobeth took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when DJ Law was hit by a pitch, and later scored on a double by Carson Herring.

CHHS tied the score 1-1 in the bottom fo the first when Chance Pollard walked and scored when Lawson Scarbrough smoked a ground ball on the left side of the infield.

Rehobeth added two runs in the top of the third as Law was again hit by a pitch, Joel Watkins walked and both scored on consecutive singles by Tanner Wells and Herring for the 3-1 lead.

The Trojans cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the third as Pollard was hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch with Cole McWhorter at the plate.

The Trojans went ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Darryl Lee doubled, Pollard reached on an infield throwing error, Huner singled to drive in a run, Scarbrough singled and McWhorter laid down an infield sacrifice bunt to score Pollard.

CHHS tacked on four more to go up 8-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Anthony Gurba walked, Caden Bryan singled, Lee was hit by a pitch, Pollard singled, Huner drove in two runs with a single and Scarbrough hit a fielder’s choice to drive in a run.

Huner led all CHHS batters with two hits, while Pollard, Scarbrough, Bryan and Lee had one hit apiece.

On the mound, Huner worked seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out six.

Coach Whitton was pleased with the way his Trojans chipped away.

“We put some good swings on it early but hit it right at people, and that might have got in some of our guys head and we tried to do a little bit too much, and we finally got them relaxed and put some good swings on it and it started falling and snowballed,” said Coach Whitton. “We got three hits in a row and laid down some bunts, and we were able to capitalize on their mistakes.”

Whitton also said the area win was very important in their post-season plans.

“Everything we have done the last few weeks is irrelevant,” said Whitton. “These are the games that matter and dictate the rest of our season. Any time we can get a win and go 1-0 and be in the driver’s seat for a couple of days is nice, but we’ve now got to go down there Thursday and play a quality baseball team on the road. It definitely will be tougher. That is a tough place to play and a good environment. We need to go get a win and control what we can control.”

The Trojans are on the road Thursday at Rehobeth for another area matchup.