Charles Henderson came away with a sweep in the first round of the AHSAA playoffs Saturday afternoon by defeating Brew Tech 3-1 and 20-1.
In game one, Houston Mabray pitched a complete game and struck out 11 hitters without allowing an earned run. Brew Tech grabbed an early lead when leadoff hitter Doug Brown doubled down the left field line and scored later in the inning to give the Rams a 1-0 lead. The Trojans answered back in the bottom half of the inning when Joey Denison singled to drive in Tripp Blackmon who reached on a single earlier in the inning. Courtesy runner Reilly Fox scored later in the inning when John Johnson reached on an error to make the score 2-1 after one inning. Morgan Shaver led off the second inning with a single and scored later in the inning to make the score 3-1.
The big defensive play for the Trojans came in the bottom of the sixth inning. With CHHS leading 3-1, Brew Tech's Corn Madison doubled down the left field line. Darreus Zanders was on second base and attempted to score on the hit, but leftfielder Austin Ingram delivered a strike to catcher Chase Smartt to throw out Zanders, end the inning, and protect the Trojans' lead.
In game two the bats came alive for Charles Henderson as they exploded for 20 runs. CHHS scored one run in the first frame, nine in the fourth, and 10 in the sixth. Hunter Baggett led off the game with a walk and was driven in by a single off the bat of Smartt to give the Trojans the early advantage. Charles Henderson blew the game open in the fourth inning with RBIs from Luke Hastings, Johnson, Shaver, Baggett, Blackmon, Smartt, and Denison. In the bottom of the fourth inning Owen Reese hit a double for Brew Tech that scored a run to make the score 10-1. In the top of the sixth Baggett led off with a single. After he was forced out on a Blackmon groundout, the Trojans sent twelve consecutive hitters to the plate without recording an out. Blake Craft had a double and RBI in the inning and Rhett Tucker drove in a run with a single. Cole Wilson and Reilly Fox each singled and Jason Fleming drove in a run.
Senior Tripp Blackmon pitched all six innings on the mound striking out five and allowing only two hits.
Charles Henderson will travel to Alabama Christian on Friday for a second round match-up. There will be a double header on Friday and a third game on Saturday if necessary.