Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2010 Season Concludes with Banquet

The Trojans brought the 2010 baseball season to an official close with the annual post-season banquet. Each player from the Freshman, JV, and Varsity teams were acknowledged and some individual awards were given out. The JV players voted Luke Tate as the most improved player and Michael Thomas as the teammate of the year. On the varsity it was Blake Hutchinson selected by his teammates as the most improved and Jawara White chosen as the teammate of the year. Team captains, also voted on by the players, were Chance Shaver and Mitch McLeod. Shaver also took home two statistical awards, one for the most hit-by-pitches and the other as the most productive hitter of 2010 due to having the highest quality-at-bat percentage of anyone on the varsity team.

Each member of the senior class also received a gift from the program in appreciation for all of their work for CHHS. The 2010 seniors were K.D. Edenfield, Chance Shaver, Mitch McLeod, Nathan Barron, Joel Agnew, Quay Lawson, and Jawara White. Over their four years of high school, CHHS amassed 131 victories, an average of 33 per season. Their Freshman, Sophomore, and Senior season win totals each set a school record for wins or was second place. They advanced to the 5A finals in 2008 and the semi-finals in 2010.

The 2010 team finished with a team batting average of .324 and ERA of 2.89. They advanced to the semi-finals and accumulated 34 wins along the way. The Trojans finished the regular season 27-8 and ranked #1 in the state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. In addition to the first #1 ranking in school history, the team also won the Terry Sikes Memorial Tournament and the Area 3 championship.

Trojans Honored at Senior Awards Day

Three Trojan baseball seniors were recognized at Senior Awards Day for their academic achievements during their time at Charles Henderson. Nathan Barron and Chance Shaver were acknowledged as members of the National Honor Society. Barron, Shaver, and K.D. Edenfield were each recognized as maintaining an A average during all four years of their high school career. In addition, all seven baseball seniors received a gift from the CHHS Booster Club in recognition of their contributions to Trojan athletics.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Reeves and Thomas Honored at Undergraduate Awards Day

Junior Harrison Reeves and Sophomore Michael Thomas were among the CHHS students honored at the Undergraduate Awards Day in Wagoner Hall Wednesday. The event acknowledges the academic efforts of CHHS' undergraduate students. Thomas was given an A and E Award from the science department. He was an infielder on the JV team in 2010 and finished the season with the varsity. Harrison Reeves was honored for having all A's for the entire year. Reeves was a pitcher and first baseman for the Trojans this season and finished with an unblemished 9-0 record with three saves on the mound.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Trojans' Season Concludes in Semi-Finals

The Charles Henderson Trojans fell short in their best of three 5A semi-final series at Spanish Fort. CHHS earned a split on Friday night, dropping the first decision 6-5 before winning the nightcap 9-5, but was defeated 10-1 on Saturday.

In game one Mitch McLeod took just his third loss of the season despite striking out seven Toro hitters in only five innings of work. McLeod's RBI single in the fourth inning that scored Chance Shaver was the only Trojan run until the sixth inning. In the sixth, K.D. Edenfield led off with a double and two batters later Nathan Barron walked and was followed by a McLeod single. After a pop-up, Chase Connell delivered a two out grand slam to left-center field that brought the Trojans within one run. CHHS left runners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh and the game ended with a 6-5 score.

In game two Friday night the Trojans came out hot in the first inning. Edenfield drew a leadoff walk and scored on a triple by Nathan Barron. McLeod was the next hitter and was hit by a pitch, then Quay Lawson followed with a three run blast to centerfield. Connell followed Lawson with back-to-back homeruns, which was Connell's second of the day and third of the playoffs. Five of the first six CHHS batters scored. The Trojans would not strike again until the fourth when Barron doubled in Shaver. With a 6-5 lead going in to the sixth inning, Charles Henderson added three insurance runs. Michael Fox singled and stole second base. Shaver was hit by a pitch and McLeod drove them both in with a double. Quay Lawson drove in McLeod with a single and would steal second before being stranded there. Lawson finished 3-4 with four RBI and Barron was 2-4 with two RBI.

Harrison Reeves earned the win in game two working 4 2/3 innings and striking out five. Nathan Barron come on to get the final out of the fifth inning before giving way to Blake Hutchinson who worked the final two innings and did not give up any runs.

In the decisive game three on Saturday the Trojans could not get going offensively. CHHS' lone run came in the fourth inning when Shaver led off with a walk and was followed by a double by Barron. McLeod drove in Shaver from third on an RBI groundout to first base. Barron, McLeod, Connell, and Jalin Lawson each had hits for the Trojans. The Toros broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning with a grand slam that made the score 5-1. Spanish Fort followed with five runs in the fifth inning to push the score to 10-1.

The Trojans' season concludes with a record of 34-10. The 34 wins is the second most in school history. The team won the area three championship as well as the Terry Sikes Memorial Tournament championship and achieved the #1 ranking in the state in 5A for the first time in school history.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

New 2010 Photos Online

Check the CHHS Baseball homepage and the photos link for new photos from the 2010 season. You can also check out photos from Thomas Graning of the Troy Messenger at the following link:

CHHS Advances to 5A Semi-Finals with Sweep of Beauregard

For the third consecutive week the Trojans of Charles Henderson earned a playoff sweep, this time on the road over #10 ranked Beauregard. The 15-10 and 11-9 victories will send CHHS to the semi-finals against Spanish Fort.

In game one the Trojans outslugged the Hornets for the 15-10 victory. CHHS struck quickly with five runs in the first inning. Chance Shaver hit a one out single and Nathan Barron followed by reaching on an error. Mitch McLeod drew a walk and Quay Lawson followed with a ground ball that the third baseman threw errantly allowing all three runners to score. Chase Connell then drove in Lawson with a ground out to shortstop which led to Jalin Lawson's two out solo home run. CHHS did not score in the second or third innings, but put four runs on the board in the third. Jalin Lawson led off with a single. Dalton Harris and Michael Fox each followed with bunt singles. K.D. Edenfield reached on a fielders choice and Lawson was retired at the plate, but Shaver followed with a bases loaded walk and Barron drove in Fox and Edenfield with a double. Shaver would later score from third on a wild pitch. Harris and Fox again set the table in the fifth with back-to-back hit by pitches which let to another bases loaded walk by Shaver. In the sixth Jalin Lawson and Harris each had RBIs, Lawson's was a double and Harris' a single. The Trojans extended their 12-10 lead in the top of the seventh by scoring three runs. McLeod and Connell each drove in runs in the inning.

Every Trojan starter had either a hit or an RBI. Jalin Lawson finished 3-4 with two RBI and a solo home run. Harris, Connell, and Barron each has two hits. McLeod got the win on the mound working 5 2/3 innings and struck out five. Harrison Reeves came on in the sixth to get out of a jam and then worked a perfect seventh inning for the save.

In game two the Hornets jumped out to a 5-0 lead and would extend it to a 7-1 lead before the Trojans erupted for ten runs in the third inning. The first three hitters of the inning reached base and were followed with a two RBI single by Jalin Lawson. Fox walked to load the bases again and K.D. Edenfield drove in two with a single. Shaver singled which led to Barron's RBI single and overthrow that scored two runs. Quay Lawson reached on a throwing error by the shortstop that allowed Barron to score, then Connell added the exclamation point to the inning with a two run home run. In all the inning featured six hits and three walks by the CHHS hitters.

Nathan Barron started on the mound and worked three innings. Blake Hutchinson followed with 2 2/3 innings of relief before giving way to Harrison Reeves. Reeves arrived at the mound with an 11-9 lead and the bases loaded with two outs. He coaxed a ground ball to the first baseman Dalton Harris who fielded and stepped on the bag for the third out. After allowing a leadoff single in the seventh Reeves got three straight ground ball outs to complete the sweep.

CHHS will be on the road next week at Spanish Fort for the semi-final round of the 5A state playoffs.