Monday, April 29, 2013

Trojans Sweep Alabama Christian, Advance to Quarterfinals

Charles Henderson came away with two victories over Alabama Christian Friday night to win the second round match-up and advance to the quarterfinals.

Game one was an 11-1 victory for the Trojans. Houston Mabray got the win on the mound working a complete game and striking out two while scattering five hits. Juniors John Johnson and Xavius Burden were both 4-4 in the game. Joey Denison was 2-3 with a double.

In game two Tripp Blackmon got the start and worked five strong innings and struck out three. Burden came on in relief in the sixth and earned the win working two innings striking out one. Junior Hunter Baggett led the way offensively going 4-4 with three RBI, two runs scored, and two stolen bases. The game was tied at four entering the bottom of the sixth after Burden stranded runners at 1st and 3rd to end the top half. With one out Burden was hit by a pitch and replaced with pinch-runner Reiley Fox. Morgan Shaver reached on a fielders choice and stole second base. Baggett delivered a single to score Shaver and give CHHS a 5-4 lead. Blackmon reached on an error that scored Baggett. Chase Smartt then capped the Trojan scoring with a single to score Blackmon. ACA scored a run in the top of the seventh to close the margin to 7-5 but Burden induced a 1-6-3 double play to end the game.

The Trojans host Beauregard Friday at 4:30 in the quarterfinal round of the AHSAA playoffs. Friday is a doubleheader and a third game will be played Saturday at 1:00 if necessary.

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