Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Trojans Defeat Baldwin Co. to Win Pool

Senior Houston Mabray pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Trojans over Baldwin County by a score of 9-0. With the victory, CHHS won their pool in the Gulf Shores Classic which included 6A schools Baldwin County and Austin, as well as two ranked teams in Huntsville (#4 in 6A) and Southside-Gadsden (#6 in 5A).

Charles Henderson struck first with RBI singles from Austin Ingram and Luke Hastings in the first inning. In the third inning Ingram, Blake Craft, and Morgan Shaver each had RBIs to extend the lead to 5-0. A leadoff double by Chase Smartt set the table for another big inning in the fourth inning. He was driven in by Joey Denison. Following a walk to Ingram, Hastings drove in another run with a single. Ingram had another RBI double in the fifth inning to stretch the lead to 9-0.

The Trojans are now 22-2 on the season.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Trojans Sweep Huntsville, Austin

CHHS improved to 21-2 on the year with a sweep of two 6A opponents, Huntsville and Austin. The 21-2 mark is the best ever by a Charles Henderson team. The 1980 squad opened the season 20-0 before dropping two games. The 2007 team was 19-1 out of the gate.

In game one the Trojans defeated Huntsville, the #4 team in 6A, by a score of 7-4. Starting pitcher Xavius Burden gave up four runs in the first inning but settled down to strike out three and didn't allow another run. Luke Hastings relieved Burden in the fifth and pitched 2 1/3 of scoreless relief for the save.

After a two run first inning CHHS took the lead in the third inning when Tripp Blackmon singled and Chase Smartt doubled. Joey Denison and Austin Ingram each followed with RBI singles to tie the game at four. Luke Hastings bunted the runners over to allow Blake Craft to drive in Ingram. Craft added an RBI single in the fifth to extend the lead and Ingram's RBI single in the sixth pushed the score to 7-4.

In game two CHHS defeated Austin 11-1 in six innings. Senior Tripp Blackmon pitched all six innings and struck out eight. Denison was 3-3 with an RBI and Morgan Shaver was 3-3 with two RBI. Baggett and Blackmon each drove in two runs.

Charles Henderson concludes pool play in the Gulf Coach Classic Wednesday against Baldwin County High School at Baldwin County. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Trojans' Win Streak Snapped at 14

Charles Henderson fell in their opening game of the Gulf Coast Classic Monday night to 5A #3 Southside-Gadsden by a score of 11-3. The Trojans dropped to 19-2 on the season. Joey Denison was 1-3 and scored two runs while Luke Hastings had an RBI. Brantley LeCroy, Blake Craft, and John Michael Stephens all pitched for the Trojans.

Tournament play continues Tuesday morning at 10:00 am as the Trojans take on the #6 ranked team in 6A, Huntsville High School. At 12:30 pm the Trojans will face Austin High School.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Trojans Overcome 7 Run Deficit to Win 14th Consecutive Game

CHHS rallied for eight runs in the final two innings to erase an 8-1 deficit and defeat Stanhope-Elmore by a score of 9-8. It extended the Trojans' win streak to 14 and their 19-1 record is the best start for a CHHS team since the 2007 squad also started the season 19-1.

Charles Henderson struck first with an RBI double off the bat of Chase Smartt in the first inning to score Tripp Blackmon and give the Trojans a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Mustangs struck for three runs in the fourth inning and five more in the fifth inning, including a grand slam. Trailing 8-1, CHHS began the comeback in the fifth when Blackmon singled with two outs. After stealing second he was driven in by Smartt. Senior Joey Denison then followed with a mammoth two-run blast over the blue monster in left field to draw the Trojans closer at 8-4. In the sixth Luke Hastings led off with a single and John Johnson was hit by a pitch. Blake Craft followed with a single and Morgan Shaver reached on an error that scored Hastings. Baggett then singled home Johnson to make it 8-6. Blackmon's sacrifice fly scored Craft and brought up Smartt, who once again came through with an RBI single to knot the game at 8-8. Denison then singled home Baggett to complete the comeback and give CHHS a 9-8 advantage. Austin Ingram then closed out the game with a scoreless seventh inning to give the Trojans the victory.

Smartt finished 3-4 with three RBI, Denison was 3-4 with 3 RBI, and Johnson was 1-1 with two stolen bases. Ingram picked up the win in relief working 2 2/3 innings and striking out two.

The Trojans travel to Gulf Shores Monday to participate in the Gulf Coast Classic Tournament. The first game is against third ranked team in 5A, Southside-Gadsden on Monday at 5:30.

Trojans Sweep Andalusia, UMS Wright

Charles Henderson improved to 18-1 on the year with victories over Andalusia and #6 UMS Wright at Troy University on Friday.

In the 7-5 victory over Andalusia Xavius Burden got the win in relief working 2 2/3 innings and striking out two while allowing only one hit. Tripp Blackmon got the start and went 4 1/3 striking out one. Trailing 5-4 going into the bottom of the 6th the bottom of the Trojan lineup sparked a big inning. John Johnson reached on an error and was followed by a double off the bat of Blake Craft. Morgan Shaver followed with an RBI double to tie the game, then Hunter Baggett hit a sac fly to give CHHS the lead. Blackmon grounded out to second to score Shaver from third and extend the lead to 7-5. Craft finished 2-2 with a double and RBI. Chase Smartt drove in two runs and Baggett was 2-3 with an RBI. Joey Denison was also 2-3 with a double.

Game two was a match-up between two top-ten teams in the ASWA poll and the Trojans pulled out a 4-3 victory. Senior Houston Mabray pitched a complete game and struck out four to earn the win. Charles Henderson struck first with two runs in the first inning. Smartt singled and was followed by a Denison walk. It was followed by an Austin Ingram single that drove them both in. The Bulldogs answered with two in the 4th inning to tie the game. The Trojans answered in the 5th when Ingram reached on a walk and moved to third on a Luke Hastings single. A balk scored Ingram and moved Hastings to second. Johnson then scored Hastings on a triple to right-center field to extend the lead to 4-2. UMS Wright scored a run in the 7th and had the tying run on second and go ahead run on first when Mabray enduced a groundout to shortstop to end the game.

The Trojans are back in action today at home. At 11:00 they take on Stanhope-Elmore at Hogan's Hole and at 5:00 they face Sipsey Valley at Troy University.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Trojans Remain Atop 4A Standings

For the third consecutive week Charles Henderson is ranked #1 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. The Trojans have now been ranked in the top ten in 40 consecutive ASWA Top Ten polls, dating back to the initial poll of the 2007 season. That is a span of 6 1/2 seasons.

Checking in at #2 is Central-Florence followed by Beauregard, Thomasville, and Alexandria. UMS-Wright is ranked sixth, and will travel to Troy Friday night for a match-up with Charles Henderson to be played at Troy University. At #7 is Guntersville, #8 is Jacksonville, #9 is Alabama Christian, and rounding out the top ten is Ardmore.

CHHS hosts Andalusia and UMS-Wright Friday at Troy University. The Trojans will play at 4:00 and 8:00.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Trojans Retain #1 Ranking

After a 5-0 week Charles Henderson remains atop the ASWA rankings. The Trojans earned victories over Marbury, LAMP, and Providence Christian on their way to winning the Jason Armstrong Memorial FCA Tournament in Montgomery. They also defeated Rehobeth twice on Tuesday to improve to 14-1.

Central-Florence claimed the #2 spot and was followed by Beauregard, Thomasville, and UMS-Wright. At #6 is Guntersville then Alexandria at #7. Rounding out the top ten is Alabama Christian, Jacksonville, and Ardmore.

CHHS begins area play on Friday when they travel to Union Springs to take on Bullock County. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Trojans Sweep Rehobeth

Charles Henderson returned home for the first time in over a week and picked up two wins over Rehobeth Tuesday night.

Chase Smartt's walk-off double scored Hunter Baggett in the bottom of the seventh inning of game one to give the Trojans a 5-4 victory. Smartt finished the game 2-4 with two RBI and Joey Denison also added two hits and an RBI. Rehobeth jumped out to a 4-0 advantage but the Trojans answered in the bottom of the third when Blake Craft led off with a single. Morgan Shaver bunted Craft over and Baggett reached on an error. Tripp Blackmon, Smartt, and Denison each singled and drove in a run to bring the score to 4-3. CHHS tied the game in the fifth when Joey Denison singled and eventually scored on Luke Hastings' sacrifice fly to center field. The score remained 4-4 until Smartt's double in the final frame.

Houston Mabray got the start on the mound and went five innings striking out three. Xavius Burden pitched two innings of relief without giving up a hit to earn the win.

In game two the Trojans pounded the Rebels by a score of 13-1. Blackmon went all five innings on the mound striking out three. CHHS scored one run in the first on Denison's sacrifice fly to score Baggett, then put the game out of reach with seven runs in the second inning. John Johnson got the inning going with a single and was followed by a single Burden. Blackmon, Smartt, Denison, and Hastings each drove in runs during the inning. The final runs for CHHS came in the third inning on a three run blast from Denison.

The Trojans begin area play Friday at Bullock County at 3:00.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Trojans Win FCA Tournament Title

CHHS defended it's 2012 Jason Armstrong Memorial FCA Tournament title by winning the 2013 tournament on Saturday at Paterson Field in Montgomery. CHHS was the only team to finish the tournament 4-0. The Trojans defeated LAMP 12-0 in six innings and Providence Christian 6-3.

Against LAMP, Xavius Burden was 2-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI. Chase Smartt added two singles and an RBI while Hunter Baggett also singled twice. Austin Ingram hit a solo homerun down the leftfield line and Morgan Shaver was 2-3 with a double and RBI. On the mound Luke Hastings got the start and worked four strong innings striking out three. Blake Craft came on to pitch the final two innings and did allow a hit.

In game two, Denison gave CHHS the early lead with a first inning double to drive in Smartt. He doulbed again in the third to drive in Smartt and Baggett who each singled earlier in the inning. Providence scored two unearned in the fifth to tie the game at three, but Ingram answered for the Trojans with a double that scored Denison from second. Luke Hastings followed with a single that scored Ingram to push the lead to 5-3. Rhett Tucker led off the seventh with a sharp single to right and was replaced by pinch-runner Reiley Fox. Tripp Blackmon's single scored Fox to give the Trojans the 6-3 margin of victory.

Brantley LeCroy got the start on the mound and went three innings and did not allow an earned run. Burden came on in relief in the fourth and pitched three innings and struck out one. Ingram entered in the seventh and earned the save.

CHHS allowed an unearned run in the second inning that broke a string of 28 consecutive innings without allowing a run.

The Trojans return to Hogan's Hole on Tuesday to face Rehobeth in a 4:30 doubleheader.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mabray Pitches Trojans to Third Consecutive Shutout

Senior Houston Mabray pitched a complete game shut out and struck out five to lead the Trojans to a 5-0 victory over Marbury Thursday night at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery. He improved his record to 3-1 on the season.

Offensively Tripp Blackmon was 2-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Joey Denison was 2-4 with a two run double and Chase Smartt added a double as well. Blake Craft drove in the game's first run in the second inning with a single and Luke Hastings was 103 with a stolen base.

CHHS continues play in the Jason Armstrong Memorial FCA Tournament on Saturday against LAMP and Providence Christian at Paterson Field in Montgomery. First pitch against LAMP is scheduled for 3:00.

Trojans Ranked #1 in First ASWA Poll

CHHS topped the list of the top teams in 4A in the first edition of the 2013 ASWA rankings released Thursday. It is the second time in school history that the Trojans have achieved the #1 ranking in the state. In 2010, CHHS reached the top spot in the final ASWA poll of the season in 5A. The ranking also extends a streak of being ranked in every ASWA poll dating back to the beginning of the 2007 season.

Beauregard is ranked second behind CHHS followed by Thomasville, Guntersville, and UMS Wright. Alexandria is sixth, Central-Florence is seventh, Alabama Christian is eighth, and St. James in ninth. Ardmore rounds out the top ten this week.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Blackmon One-Hits Mustangs

Senior Tripp Blackmon pitched his second complete game of the year, a one-hitter against Stanhope Elmore to propel the Trojans to a 9-0 victory. He struck out five and gave up his only hit of the game in the bottom of the 7th inning.

At the plate Austing Ingram had a single and double. John Johnson had a hit and two RBI while Blake Craft added a single and RBI. Blackmon and Hunter Baggett also added RBI singles.

CHHS continues play in the FCA Jason Armstrong Memorial Tournament on Thursday against Marbury at 4:00 at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Trojans Sweep Oak Mountain, Dothan in Doubleheader

Charles Henderson improved it's record to 8-1 on the year with victories over Oak Mountain and Dothan Saturday in Troy.

In game 1, Luke Hastings pitched 6 1/3 and struck out three to earn the 9-5 win. Xavius Burden came on in the 7th inning to close out the game. After Oak Mountain took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning, Joey Denison scored on John Johnson's ground ball to third base. Hunter Baggett and Tripp Blackmon both scored in the 3rd inning to give CHHS a 3-1 lead. Burden led off the 4th inning with a walk and was followed by singles from Johnson, Morgan Shaver, and Baggett. Baggett and Shaver both drove in runs, and Baggett came around to score when Denison reached on an error. The Trojans tacked on two more in the 5th when Johnson's triple scored Hastings who led off the inning with a single. Shaver followed with a single that scored Johnson from third. Oak Mountain scored four in the top of the 7th to close the gap to 9-5 before Burden closed out the game.

In game 2, Senior Brantley LeCroy went 5 1/3 strong innings on the mound to get the 1-0 win. Austin Ingram was credited with the save after working 1 2/3 without allowing a baserunner. Ingram entered the 6th in a bases loaded jam but induced a double-play ball to Baggett at short stop to escape the inning. Morgan Shaver was 1-2 on the night with a double and scored Hastings when he reached on an error.

CHHS begins play in the FCA Jason Armstrong Memorial tournament Tuesday against Stanhope-Elmore at Patterson Field in Montgomery.