Saturday, March 31, 2012

CHHS Wins Extra-Inning Thriller

Charles Henderson took control of 5A area three with a 5-4 extra inning victory at Rehobeth Friday night. The win moved CHHS to 18-4 overall and 4-0 in area play. It extended their current win streak to nine, and they have won 13 of the last 14 games.

Joey Denison got the scoring started in the top of the fourth inning with a mammoth two-run blast that scored Jalin Lawson from second base to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead. Tripp Blackmon got the start on the mound for the ninth ranked Trojans against the fourth ranked Rebels and pitched five shutout innings until the sixth when Rehobeth struck for two runs.

The teams went to the eighth inning tied at two when Luke Hastings drove in Joey Denison to give CHHS a 3-2 edge. Lawson entered the game on the mound with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and runners on first and second. The Rebels were able to get a hit to score the runner from second and move the game to the ninth inning.

After a leadoff strikeout to start the ninth, Barnette drew a walk and was followed by an infield single by Fox. Lawson was hit by a pitch and Denison followed with a two RBI single scoring Barnette and Fox giving the Trojans a 5-3 advantage. The Rebels scored one run in the bottom of the ninth, but with the tying run on third base Lawson coaxed a fly ball to centerfield to end the game.

Blackmon worked 7 2/3 innings on the mound and struck out six. Lawson pitched the final 1 1/3 and struck out three. Joey Denison had an outstanding night at the plate finishing 4-5 with a homerun and three singles. He drove in four and scored run. Denison reached base in each at bat and either drove in or scored every CHHS run. Lawson was 1-2 with a double, Hastings was 1-4 with an RBI and stolen base, and Austin Adler was 2-4 with a double.

The victory also marked win number 100 at Charles Henderson for Coach Derek Irons. Irons began at CHHS in 2009 and since then the team is 100-40 (71%) and has been ranked in every ASWA 5A poll dating back to the 2007 season under Head Coach Brad Phillips.

The Trojans travel to Dothan on Tuesday before returning to area play on Thursday at home against Carroll. CHHS can clinch the area title with one win over Carroll on Thursday or Friday.

Friday, March 30, 2012

CHHS Defeats #4 Rehobeth

In a match-up of top ten teams at Hogan's Hole Thursday night, the #9 Trojans of Charles Henderson were victorious over #4 Rehobeth by a final score of 10-2. The win moved CHHS to 17-4 overall and 3-0 in 5A, area three play. It moved the Trojans' current win streak to eight games, also winning twelve out of the last thirteen. Junior Houston Mabray earned the win working a complete game and striking out two while scattering six hits.

The Rebels struck first in the top of the first inning on a sac fly to take a 1-0 lead. The Trojans responded with four runs in the bottom of the second. Chase Smartt and Tripp Blackmon hit back-to-back singles. Michael Thomas delivered an infield single that scored a run, then Austin Adler hit a single that scored two. Jalin Lawson drew a bases loaded walk later in the inning to score Adler from third. In the fourth, Gregory Barnette delivered a two out solo homerun. He was followed by Michael Fox, who drew a walk and was driven in on a double by Lawson. Rehobeth struck for a run on a solo homerun in the sixth bringing the score to 6-2, but that was as close as the Rebels would get as the Trojans answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Barnette doubled and was driven in by Fox. After an intentional pass to Lawson, Denison hit a three run blast to put the game out of reach.

Barnette finished 2-3 with a double and homerun. Fox and Lawson were each 1-2 with an RBI. Denison was 1-3 with three RBI and Smartt finished 2-4.

Area three play continues Friday with a doubleheader at Rehobeth. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00.

Trojans Defeat Brantley

CHHS defeated the top ranked team in 1A, Brantley, on the road Tuesday night. Luke Hastings got the start on the mound and worked 3 1/3 innings and struck out one before giving way to Austin Ingram. Ingram, in his first varsity appearance on the mound, was credited with the win after working 2 2/3 and striking out two. Jalin Lawson worked a scoreless 7th inning to close out the game.

The Trojans struck early with two runs in the top of the first. Gregory Barnette started the game with a double and Michael Fox followed with a single. Lawson doubled to drive in Barnette and Joey Denison's sac fly scored Fox from third. CHHS added two in the fifth with a sac fly from Tripp Blackmon to score Denison and an RBI double from Hastings to score courtesy runner Michael Thomas. Lawson's three run homerun gave the Trojans the lead in the sixth, but after surrendering three runs in the bottom of the sixth the Trojans trailed 8-7 entering the top of the 7th. CHHS struck for five runs in the 7th, beginning when Austin Adler was hit by a pitch. Gregory Barnette and Michael Fox followed with sacrifice bunt attempts that were mis-handled by Brantley. After a walk to Lawson, Denison drove in two with a single and Hastings followed later in the inning with a RBI single.

Barnette finished 3-4 with a double, Lawson was 2-3 with a double, homerun, and four RBI, and Denison was 2-4 with three RBI. Chase Smartt and Hastings added two hits each.

Monday, March 26, 2012

CHHS Shuts Out Dothan

Brantley LeCroy got his first start of the year after coming off an injury and combined with Michael Fox to throw a three-hit shutout over Dothan. Jalin Lawson drove in the game's only run in the third inning with a double that scored Fox from second base to give the Trojans the 1-0 final margin. LeCroy pitched three innings and allowed only one hit. Fox came on in relief to pitch the final four innings, striking out two. Neither pitcher allowed a runner past second base. Lawson finished 1-3 with an RBI and Joey Denison had a single.

CHHS travels to Brantley on Tuesday before resuming area three play with Rehobeth on Thursday.

Trojans Sweep East Limestone, #10 Demopolis

The Charles Henderson Trojans picked up two wins Saturday at Troy University, defeating East Limestone 4-2 and Demopolis 7-6.

In the first game against East Limestone, Houston Mabray pitched a complete game and struck out six. East Limestone scored one earned run and one unearned run in the third inning, but in every other inning Mabray faced the minimum and retired them three up and three down. CHHS trailed 2-0 in the fifth inning before back-to-back doubles by Austin Adler and Gregory Barnette narrowed the deficit to 2-1. Jalin Lawson led off the sixth with a double followed by singles from Joey Denison and Chase Smartt. Lawson scored on an error on a pick off attempt, then Luke Hastings drove in courtesy runner Morgan Shaver to give the Trojans the lead. Michael Thomas provided an insurance run with a sacrifice bunt that scored Tripp Blackmon from third base. Barnette and Lawson each had two doubles in the game.

The night cap featured a matchup between two top ten teams in 5A. CHHS is currently ranked #9 in the latest ASWA rankings, and Demopolis is #10. Blackmon got the start on the mound for the Trojans and worked four innings before giving way to Lawson. Lawson was credited with the win after working three innings and striking out four. After allowing two unearned runs in the top of the third innings, CHHS answered in the bottom half when Adler reached on an error and Barnette was hit by a pitch. Michael Fox's sacrifice bunt moved runners to 2nd and 3rd where Lawson delivered a double that scored both runners. Smartt then followed with a single that scored Lawson from second. The Trojans again found themselves trailing headed to the bottom of the sixth, and again found a way to take the lead. With two outs and no one on and trailing 6-4, Adler was hit by a pitch. Barnette followed with a walk, and Fox knotted the score at 6 with a two RBI triple to left field. He later scored on a wild pitch to give the Trojans the winning margin of 7-6. Smartt finished 2-4 with an RBI at the plate. Fox and Lawson both drove in two.

CHHS returns to action Monday in a make-up game against Dothan at Troy University. First pitch is at 5:00.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Trojans Sweep Three Game Set from Eufaula

The Trojans of Charles Henderson began 5A, Area 3 play with a three game sweep of Eufaula. The first two games count towards area standings, bringing CHHS' overall record to 12-4 and 2-0 in the area.

In game one Friday night at CHHS, Houston Mabray went the distance on the mound striking out four to earn the win by a score of 6-1. He did not allow an earned run. At the plate Gregory Barnette, Chase Smartt, and Jalin Lawson all finished 2-3. Joey Denison was 2-2 with an RBI and Tripp Blackmon hit a triple and drove in three.

The series shifted to Eufaula on Saturday, and in the first game of the day Tripp Blackmon picked up the win by working all five innings of the 15-5 contest. Blackmon struck out three and did not allow an earned run. Barnette finished 3-3 with a double and four runs scored. Michael Fox was 2-2 with a double and three RBI. Jalin Lawson was 2-2 with 5 RBI, the big blow coming on a second inning grand slam to break the game open. Austin Adler was 2-3 and Smartt added a double and two RBI.

In the final game CHHS won by a score of 13-5. Lawson pitched all seven innings and struck out five to earn the win. Smartt finished 4-5 offensively, Denison was 2-4 with three RBI, and Blackmon was 2-3 with two doubles and two RBI. Adler was 2-4 with two RBI.

The Trojans return to action Friday with a doubleheader against Providence Christian at Troy University. The first game begins at 4:30.

Friday, March 16, 2012

CHMS Freshman Team Splits Games with Brantley and Enterprise

In recent outings with both Brantley High School and Enterprise High School, the Charles Henderson Middle School Freshman baseball team split double headers with both schools.
In Game 1 against Brantley, Blake Childs pitched 5 innings, allowed no hits, struck out 8 batters and walked 6, allowing one score. He was helped offensively by Nick Lewis, Bryson Gandy, Hunter Reeves and Alex Bland, who all went 1/2 at the plate. Charlie Tisdale was 1/1 and Bradley Blair and Lewis both had two stolen bases, helping to earn a final score of 2-1.
Gandy pitched 4 1/3 innings in Game 2, and gave up 2 hits and 2 runs. Eric Lee came on in relief of Gandy, pitching 2/3 innings, allowing an additional 2 hits and runs. Gandy earned 9 strikeouts, while Lee had 1. Reeves helped offensively by going 1/2 at the plate. The final score of the second game of the double header was 4-1 in Brantley’s favor.
Lee was the starting pitcher in the first game against Enterprise, pitching 2/3 of the first inning, and allowing 3 hits and 4 runs. Reeves came on in relief of Lee, pitching 3 1/3 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs, while striking out 2 batters. Lewis and Lee went 1/3, Graham Wilkes went 1/2, and Morgan Hutchinson was 1/1 in the losing effort. Wilkes, Hutchinson and Carson Tucker all scored in the first game. CHMS lost the first game of the double header to Enterprise 3-6.
In Game 2, Lewis pitched the first 2 innings, allowing 4 hits, 4 runs and struck out 2 batters. Hunter Blackmon pitched the remaining 3 innings and allowed 5 hits, 6 runs, while striking out 2 batters. Blackmon helped the winning effort by going 3/4 at the plate. Hutchinson was 2/3 and Wilkes and Carson Tucker were both 1/1. Reeves and Lewis went 1/2 and Lee, Gandy and Bland all went 1/3 in the second game of the double header. CHMS won the second game, 14-10.
“I am very proud of these guys,” said head coach, Adam Helms. “All of our guys are either 7th or 8th graders, and usually we are playing teams that include 9th and even some 10th graders. They are really holding their own and we are 8-5 on the season,” said Helms.
The Freshman team will be participating in the annual Brantley Tournament this weekend and will play again at home on Tuesday, March 20, at 5 p.m. against DA Smith of Ozark.

Thanks to Leigh Ann Paramore for submitting picture

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Trojans Retain Top Ten Ranking

Charles Henderson remained in the top ten of the ASWA 5A baseball poll this week, holding their position at #9. The Trojans were 3-1 during the past week and were champions of the Jason Armstrong Memorial Tournament. Russell County is the top ranked team in the state followed by Hueytown and Area 3 opponent Rehobeth. At #4 is Spanish Fort, then Hartselle, Cullman, St. Paul's, and Briarwood Christian. CHHS is #9 and Demopolis rounds out the top ten. Athens, Boaz, Madison County, Tallassee, and Area 3 foe Eufaula all received votes.

CHHS returns to action Friday against Eufaula in the Area 3 opener for both teams. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 at Hogan's Hole.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mustangs Snap Trojans' Win Streak

CHHS lost it's first game in ten days and saw their winning streak come to an end with a 6-4 defeat at Stanhope-Elmore Tuesday night. Michael Fox took the loss on the mound, pitching 3 2/3 innings and striking out two. Luke Hastings pitched the final 2 1/3 and struck out five while allowing no runs. Hastings also finished 3-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI. Austin Adler was 2-4 with two RBI and a stolen base. Fox and Joey Denison each added a hit.

The Trojans begin area three play this Friday at home against Eufaula. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Blackmon's No-Hitter, Lawson's Complete Game Lead Trojans to Title

CHHS was crowned tournament champions of the Jason Armstrong Memorial Tournament sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Saturday after defeating Decatur and Alabama Christian.

In the first game junior Tripp Blackmon no-hit Decatur as the Trojans cruised to a 16-0 victory. Blackmon struck out six. His no-hitter was the third by the CHHS program this week against a 6A program. JV players Blake Craft and Xavius Burden each threw no-hitters against Northview on Monday. At the plate Jalin Lawson was 2-2 with two doubles and two RBI. Luke Hastings was 1-2 with two RBI and Austin Adler was 1-2 with an RBI.

In what proved to be the tournament championship game, senior Jalin Lawson turned in a complete game performance striking out four while allowing one earned run. The Trojans took the lead in the first inning when Michael Fox drew a lead off walk and was bunted to second by Michael Thomas. Joey Denison followed two batters later with an RBI single to score Fox and give CHHS a 1-0 lead. Denison added another RBI in the third inning when his groundout scored Thomas, who reached on a walk and was moved to third base on a double by Lawson. The Trojans surrendered a run in the bottom of the third to bring the score to 2-1 in favor of CHHS. Chase Smartt added an insurance run for the Trojans with a sacrifice fly to score Gregory Barnette, who led off the inning with a triple.

Charles Henderson improved to 9-3 on the season with the two victories on Saturday. They return to action Tuesday at Stanhope-Elmore for a single game before beginning Area 3 play on Friday against Eufaula at home.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Trojans Ranked in First ASWA Poll of the Season

CHHS is ranked as the #9 team in 5A in Alabama according to the Alabama Sports Writers Association. This marks the 31st consecutive poll in which the Trojans were ranked, dating back to the first poll of the 2007 season. Rehobeth and Eufaula are also ranked and receiving votes, respectively, putting three of the four teams in area 3 in the poll. Russell County is currently ranked #1.

Opponents of the Trojans that are currently ranked or receiving votes in their respective polls are: Smiths Station, Rehobeth, Demopolis, Eufaula, Alabama Christian, Trinity, G.W. Long, and Providence Christian.

Trojans Stay Unbeaten in FCA Tournament

CHHS used a seven run seventh inning to extend the final margin to 15-3 in defeating L.A.M.P. in the Jason Armstrong Memorial Tournament at Paterson Field. Michael Fox pitched six innings and allowed only one earned run. Austin Adler pitched a scoreless seventh. Joey Denison led the way offensively going 3-5 with a double and three RBI. Jalin Lawson, Tripp Blackmon, and Luke Hastings each added two hits.

The Trojans finish out the tournament Saturday with games against Decatur and Alabama Christian. The Decatur game will be played at Faulkner University at 10:00 am. The Alabama Christian game will be played at Riverwalk Stadium at 2:00 pm.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Trojans Open FCA Tournament with Victory

CHHS opened the FCA Jason Armstrong Memorial Tournament with an 11-0 victory over Montgomery Academy at historic Paterson Field in Montgomery. Jalin Lawson went the distance on the mound for the shutout, striking out nine. Offensively, Michael Fox was 2-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Greg Barnette and Chase Smartt each went 2-3. Barnette drive in one run and Smartt drove in two. Luke Hastings finished 2-2 with three RBI and a run scored.

Tournament play continues for the Trojans Thursday against LAMP at Paterson Field.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Trojans Earn Two Victories in Sikes Tournament

CHHS finished the 11th annual Terry Sikes Memorial Tournament with a record of 2-1 and victories over Dora and Northridge. The Trojans dropped a 5-3 decision to Smith Station on Saturday. CHHS' overall record is now 5-3 on the year.

Thursday night Jalin Lawson's second inning grand slam broke the game open and CHHS went on to defeat Dora by a score of 13-3. Luke Hastings earned his first victory of the year on the mound. Lawson finished 3-4 at the plate with 5 RBI and two runs scored. Chase Smartt and Tripp Blackmon each had a pair of doubles. Joey Denison was 2-4 with an RBI and Gregory Barnette was 1-3 with a double and two RBI.

Friday afternoon the Trojans defeated Northridge by a score of 11-6. Michael Fox earned the victory on the mound striking out three. Houston Mabray earned the save entering the game in the 5th inning to protect a 7-6 Trojans lead. After allowing an unearned run in the top of the first, CHHS fought back with four runs in the bottom of the first on RBI hits by Lawson, Denison, and Blackmon. The Jaguars scored three in the top of the third to tie the game but Denison led off the bottom part of the third with a solo blast to left center field to recapture the lead. Luke Hastings added an RBI single later in the inning to extend the lead to 6-4.

The Trojans found themselves in a jam in the top of the fourth with bases loaded and one out. Third baseman Luke Hastings snagged a shot down the third baseline, stepped on third and threw across to Denison for an inning ending double play. CHHS added four insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on back to back doubles by Lawson and Denison. Barnette and Smartt followed with RBI singles of their own to set the final margin at 11-6.

On Saturday the Trojans fell short against Smith Station, dropping the contest by a 5-3 score. Tripp Blackmon went the distance on the mound and allowed three earned runs while striking out three. Lawson hit a solo homerun in the first inning and finished 2-2 with two runs scored and a walk. Down 5-1 entering the sixth inning, the Trojans narrowed the gap when Lawson scored on a triple by Barnette. Barnette then stole home during the next at-bat to cut the margin to 5-3.

Baldwin County defeated Smith Station by a score of 11-5 to win the tournament championship at Riddle-Pace Field on the campus of Troy University Saturday night.