PRATTVILLE SWEEP IINDIANS
April 14, 2012By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
JORDAN FRIDAY & BLAIR GORNTO TAME WETUMPKA HITTERS FOR DOUBLE DIP WINS
Friggtriskaidekaphobia (the fear of Friday the 13th) is not prevalence among the members of the Prattville High School baseball team. The Lions knocked off the Wetumpka Indians Friday night April 13th in a double dipper played at Wetumpka’s Bazemore Field.
The Lions took the opener behind a complete game effort from Jordan Friday, 3-1. In the nightcap, Prattville got an outstanding six inning effort from Blair Gornto, punctuated by a one-two-three final inning from Brandon Holder to win the nightcap, 7-1.
With the two wins Prattville improved their 2012 season record to 28-4. The two victories also completed the sweep of the Indians for the 2012 season. Prattville won the first game Tuesday night April 10th in Prattville, 6-0. With the doubleheader win Prattville solidify their lofty number six ranking in the recent ASWA Class 6A polls.
FIRST GAME: PRATTVILLE 3 WETUMPKA 1
Prattville’s senior right hander Jordan Friday and Wetumpka’s senior Clark Goings tied up in a pitcher’s duel for the first three innings.
Prattville broke the ice in the fourth inning with an unearned run. After one was out Josh Lovelady reached base on an infield error. Will Hamm entered the game as a courtesy runner for Lovelady and scored on a pinch hit single from Derrick Deates for a 1-0 lead.
Prattville added another run in the fifth inning. After one was out Dalton Kelley singled into left field. He stole second base and then scored with Lovelady’s base rap into left field’s corner for a 2-0 lead.
Wetumpka got one of the runs back in their half of the inning. Dalton Shepherd walked to start the inning. Shepherd stole second base and went to third on a pass ball, where he scored with a long sacrifice fly from Matthew Mims to centerfielder Christian Reese, trimming the Lions lead to 2-1.
Prattville added an insurance run in the sixth inning. Doug Price opened the inning with a single to left field. Pete McKee walked. Dalton Yarnell was hit by Goings to load the bases. Dalton Kelley then plated Price with a fielder’s choice.
Friday then finished his outstanding performance retiring six of the final Wetumpka hitters to pick up his seventh win of the season.
SECOND GAME: PRATTVILLE 7 WETUMPKA 1
Prattville broke on top in the third inning. After one was out Christian Reese singled into right field. Josh Lovelady doubled into deep left field sending Reese to third. Both scored when Dalton Kelley lashed a scorching line drive down third base line into the corner of left field for a triple. Kelley then scored with a pass ball for a 3-0 lead.
Wetumpka scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Charlie Crenshaw led off the inning and was hit by Blair Gornto with a pitch. He promptly stole second base and later scored with a sacrifice fly ball from Neil Jimmerson. It would be the only Indian run of the game.
Prattville erupted for four runs, two of those unearned, in the fifth inning. The Lions sandwiched a double by Josh Lovelady, a single from Dalton Kelley, a triple by Pete McKee, around a dropped pop fly to push over the four runs.
Blair Gornto gave the Lions a terrific performance going six innings, scattering four hits, striking out two and walking none. Brandon Holder pitched the final inning, striking out two and getting Josh Turner to rollout to short. Gornto and Holder are both juniors.