Lady Trojans pick up area win over Tigers

Published 9:40 pm Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Emma Kirkpatrick was strong on the mound as the Charles Henderson High Lady Trojans improved to 3-2 on the season in the Class 5A, Area 3 standings with an 11-7 win over Greenville Tuesday night in Troy.

The Lady Trojans have won two games over Greenville in area play and one over Carroll High of Ozark, while area champion Rehobeth has taken two from CHHS.

CHHS Head Coach Robin Snyder believes the win Tuesday is another step towards the Lady Trojans gaining momentum heading into the home stretch of the season.

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“I thought Emma did a great job pitching tonight, as she only gave up three runs early but battled back and shut them down until we had some mistakes that allowed them to have some more runs in the last inning,” said CHHS Head Coach Robin Snyder. “Greenville played really well, but we’ve got to do a little better job at the plate. We are still young, but it’s not how we start it is how we finish. We’ve got Carroll High (Ozark) on Thursday and go to Northview on Friday for a tournament down there.”

Rehobeth will win the area, and the area tournament will begin April 30 in Rehobeth.

“Anytime you can win a game it gives you confidence,” said Coach Snyder. “We’re not hitting the ball as good as we were earlier in the year, but if we can get our confidence up and hit our stride here at the end of the season, we will be all right.”

Greenville took an early 3-0 lead, but CHHS tied the score 3-3 in the bottom of the first on a triple by Heather Maxwell, a single by Madison Stewart, a double by Gracie Williams and a single by McKenzie Cain.

Stella Gilbreath reached base in the fourth inning and scored to put CHHS up 4-3, and the Lady Trojans added seven runs in the bottom of the sixth with Maxwell, Kirkpatrick, Stewart, Cain, Gilbreath, Gracie Sneed and AJ May all scoring.

CHHS, improving to 14-16 on the year overall, was led at the plate by Cain with two hits, while Maxwell, Kirkpatrick, Stewart, Williams and Sneed had one hit apiece.

Kirkpatrick struck out seven Greenville batters on the evening to earn the win, allowing seven runs on 11 hits, but only three runs were earned.

CHHS is at home Thursday evening against Carroll. Ozark.