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.

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