Montgomery, Ala. – Leadoff hitter Hunter Baggett stole home to score Charles Henderson’s first run of the game Wednesday night and finished with three runs scored and two stolen bases as the Trojans won game one of the AHSAA Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series 7-4 over Brooks at Paterson Field.
The Lions (45-10) overcame the steal home with two runs in the top of the second and one in the third to take a 3-1 lead but couldn’t overcome five errors in the field and some the Trojans’ timely hitting as Charles Henderson (38-3) took the lead in the best-of-three series. The two teams meet at Riverwalk Stadium for game two at 4 p.m. Thursday with game three set for approximately 7 p.m. if needed.
G.W. Long meets Westbrook Christian in the opener for the Class 2A series at Paterson Field at 4 p.m., Thursday, and Trinity Presbyterian faces Mars Hill Bible in the Class 3A opener at 7 p.m. Shoals Christian and St. Luke’s also resumes the 1A series at 10 a.m. at Riverwalk with St. Luke’s up 1-0 after a 6-0 win Wednesday.
Houston Mabray (11-1) turned in a bulldog performance on the mound for Charles Henderson. He scattered nine hits and struck out four to get the win. Coach Derek Irons’ Trojans scored three runs in the bottom of the third and three in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-3 lead and Mabray shut out the Lions over the last two innings to seal the victory.
Baggett finished with one hit and three runs scored. First baseman Joey Denison had three hits including two doubles and drove in two runs for the Trojans. Catcher Chase Smartt added two hits and two RBIs.
Paden Smith (9-1) hurled all six innings for Coach Todd Nelms’ Lions. He gave up nine hits but just two earned runs and struck out four. Center fielder Drake Tucker had three hits and two RBIs and DH Skyler Beck collected two hits and drove in one run for Brooks.
Courtesy AHSAA Media Relations