Sunday, April 24, 2011

Trojans' Season Ends at Russell County

The 13th consecutive playoff appearance for the Charles Henderson Trojans came to an end Friday night at Russell County. In game one Tripp Blackmon took the loss on the mound and struck out one. Houston Mabray finished the game out of the bullpen. Blackmon drove in Michael Fox with a two run homerun in the third inning. In game two Blake Hutchinson pitched well but took the loss. Harrison Reeves relieved Hutchinson on the mound in the fifth inning. Fox was 2-4 with two doubles and and RBI. Jalin Lawson had a homerun, double, and three RBI. Blackmon, Chase Connell, Joey Denison, and Chase Smartt each added hits.

Friday night marked the final games for four CHHS seniors. They are Chase Connell, Tyler Dansby, Blake Hutchinson, and Harrison Reeves. They have compiled 116 wins in their four years as Trojans and advanced to the AHSAA playoffs each season. They have also been ranked in the top ten in 5A during every week of their high school careers.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Trojans Split Regular Season Finale

CHHS concluded the regular season Tuesday by going to Andalusia and defeating the Bulldogs 8-5 before falling to Northview 8-7.

Against Andalusia Tripp Blackmon struck out one in earning the win. Houston Mabray got the save and recorded two strike outs. Tyler Dansby led the offensive attack with two hits and four RBI. Chase Smartt was 2-3 while Blackmon and Michael Thomas each were 1-1.

Northview, the fifth ranked team in 6A, defeated the Trojans 8-7. Jalin Lawson took the loss on the mound. Brantley LeCroy worked four innings of relief. At the plate Michael Fox was 2-4 with an RBI. Blackmon, Lawson, Smartt, and Gregory Barnette each added hits.

Lawson, Irons Chosen to AHSAA All-Star Game

Junior Jalin Lawson and Head Coach Derek Irons will represent CHHS at the 15th annual AHSAA All-Star Sports Week in Montgomery. The South team will take on the North team in a doubleheader at Riverwalk Stadium on July 11.

Lawson is one of eighteen players chosen for the South roster that includes players from all classifications. He is currently batting .479 for the Trojans and leads the team in doubles (19), home runs (7), runs (51), and stolen bases (14). His career batting average is .432 and he has 12 career homeruns and 78 career RBI. He batted .500 during the 2010 playoffs as a sophomore. He was chosen for the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Underclassman Weekend during the summer of 2010.

Coach Irons was chosen to coach the South squad. Irons is in his third year at CHHS with an 81-33 (71%) overall record and 137-67 (67%) career record. He has guided CHHS to three consecutive playoff appearances, and this season marks 13 straight playoff berths for the Trojans. CHHS has been ranked in every ASWA 5A poll since Irons arrived in Troy and in 2010 they achieved their first ever number one ranking. He was named the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coach of the Year in the state of Alabama for the 2008 season.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Trojans Sweep Sikes Memorial Weekend

CHHS defeated Slocomb 6-5 and Houston Academy 6-0 in the Terry Sikes Memorial Weekend Saturday. Tripp Blackmon got the win against Slocomb working four innings and striking out two while allowing one earned run. Houston Mabray worked three scoreless innings in relief and struck out two to earn the save. Chase Smartt was 3-3 at the plate with two RBI and one run scored. Chase Connell had a hit and two RBI, Jalin Lawson had a hit and RBI, and Michael Fox doubled.

Prior to game two the 2011 seniors were recognized in Senior Night festivities. Those seniors are Chase Connell, Tyler Dansby, Blake Hutchinson, and Harrison Reeves. Hutchinson stole the show on Senior Night with his complete game shut-out on the mound. He struck out eight. Connell was 2-2 with two RBI while Joey Denison was 2-3 with an RBI and run scored. Michael Fox and Tripp Blackmon each had two hits. Fox drove in two and scored two, Blackmon scored a run.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Trojans Split at Brantley

The Trojans emerged from Spring Break with a split at Brantley Thursday. CHHS dropped game one by a score of 14-13 despite entering the AHSAA record book for the second time this season. In the first inning Tripp Blackmon, Jalin Lawson, Chase Connell, and Gregory Barnette hit consecutive homeruns which was only the second time in AHSAA history that feat has occurred. Connell finished 4-5 with two RBI and Lawson was 2-3 with 2 RBI.

In game two Luke Hastings earned his varsity win on the mound in relief of Brantley LeCroy. Hastings worked 4 1/3 innings and struck out two. Lawson added his second homerun of the day and finished 3-3 in game two with three RBI. Connell also hit his second of the day while Barnette was 3-3 with two doubles.

CHHS returns to action with the Sikes Memorial Weekend this Saturday. The Trojans meet Slocomb at 11 at CHHS and Bibb County at 5 at Troy University. Senior Night festivities will be prior to the 5:00 game at Troy.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Trojans Drop Re-Match of Top Ten Teams

The #6 ranked CHHS Trojans lost a 6-1 decision in Troy Thursday against the #3 ranked Rehobeth Rebels. Tripp Blackmon pitched a complete game but took the loss on the mound. He also drove in the Trojans' only run with a solo blast in the sixth inning. Chase Connell, Dalton Harris, and Tyler Dansby each added hits.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rehobeth Tops CHHS

In a battle of two teams ranked in the top ten of 5A baseball, the Rehobeth Rebels came out on top with a 13-12 victory over the Trojans. Harrison Reeves started the game and worked 5 1/3 innings and struck out three. Blake Hutchinson took the loss in relief working 2/3 of an inning and striking out one. Senior Tyler Dansby led the offensive attack for the Trojans going 3-4 with 6 RBI including a grand slam in the fifth inning. Chase Connell was 3-4 and Chase Smartt finished 3-3. Gregory Barnette added a two run homerun in the sixth inning.

The two teams square off again at CHHS on Thursday at 4:30.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lawson Enters AHSAA Record Book

Jalin Lawson's three homerun effort against Eufaula on March 26 has earned him a position in the AHSAA record book for most homeruns in a game. His three homerun game is listed among several others who have hit three round-trippers in one game. Lawson is the first CHHS player to be listed in the AHSAA record book.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Trojans Top Two Teams in Troy

CHHS won a pair of games as part of the Terry Sikes Memorial Weekend of Baseball in Troy on Saturday. In game one the Trojans defeated Chilton County by a score of 11-4 and in game two defeated Wicksburg, the #1 ranked team in 2A, by a score of 19-9. Against Chilton County, Tripp Blackmon got the start and recorded one strike out. He gave way to Houston Mabray who earned the save and struck out three. Chase Connell started the scoring in the first with a two RBI double to put the Trojans on top. Jalin Lawson's two run homerun was the big blow in a three inning fifth for CHHS. The Trojans added single runs in the third and fourth before adding a three run sixth to round out the scoring. Lawson finished 3-4 with 4 RBI and Connell was also 3-4 with two RBI. Gregory Barnette was 2-4 with three RBI.

In game two Brantley LeCroy got the start and struck out three. Blake Hutchinson relieved LeCroy then gave way to Fox who struck out three for the save. Fox also finished 3-5 at the plate. Connell was 4-5 with six RBI and Joey Denison added three hits and two RBI. Barnette hit a two run homerun in the fourth.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Trojans Clinch Playoff Berth with Sweep of Carroll

CHHS took two games from Carroll Friday night by scores of 16-6 and 13-3. Blake Hutchinson was the winning pitcher in game one and struck out five. Chase Connell was 2-4 with four RBI and Joey Denison was 3-3 with four RBI. Chase Smartt added two singles and a homerun.

In game two Tripp Blackmon earned the win and struck out two. At the plate Blackmon was 2-3 with two RBI and Jalin Lawson was 4-4 with 4 RBI. Smartt also contributed two hits.

The two wins increased the Trojans area record to 3-1 which was good enough to clinch a playoff berth. The two game series against Rehobeth will determine the area champion.

The Trojans return to action Saturday in the Sikes Memorial Weekend. They take on Chilton County at 11:00 am at CHHS and Wicksburg at 5:00 at Troy University.