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PRATTVILLE BLAST J. D. VOLUNTEERS, 14-1
April 15, 2012By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
LIONS PICK UP 29th VICTORY OF SEASON RAPPING OUT 16 BASE HITS; WILL HAMM PICKS UP FIRST VICTORY OF SEASON
Coach Tommy Goodson returned to old Paterson Field, the scene of some of his most memorable victories as the head coach at Jeff Davis, Saturday afternoon in Montgomery. Goodson brought his number sixth ranked Prattville Lions to the old Lady to face his former team, the current Jeff Davis Volunteers.
It was a nice trip for Goodson as the 2012 Prattville Lions jumped on Jeff Davis starting pitcher Stanley Dixon early in the first inning for three runs and never looked back en route to a five inning mercy rule win, 14-1.
Goodson spent ten years at the Carter Hill Road School as an assistant football coach from 1999-2003. He took over the Volunteers baseball program in the spring of 2000 and remained for four seasons before accepting a position on the football staff of Prattville’s Bill Clark in the fall of 2003.
With the win over the Volunteers Prattville improved to 29-4. Junior Will Hamm started on the hill for Prattville and earned hs first varsity win.
Prattville opened the first inning with three straight base hits from Dalton Kelley, Hayden White and Josh Lovelady with Kelley scoring with Lovelady’s rap into right field. Dixon retired Sam Chambliss and Chandler Kemp bringing up Doug Price.
Price then rapped a single into center field to plate White. Ethan Lambdin singled to left field to plate Lovelady and a 3-0 lead.
The Lions added three more runs in the second inning. Kelley led off with a double and advanced to third base on a throwing error by Dixon. Kelley scored on White’s sacrifice bunt back to the hill. Kemp singled into left field moving Chambliss to third, where he scored on pass ball and Kemp motored to second base. Kemp then scored as Doug Price rapped a single down the third base line for a 6-0 lead.
The Lions got a solo run in the third inning. Zach Brown opened the inning with a single. He went to second on a wild pitch, and then scored as Christian Reese doubled down the third base line for a 7-0 lead.
The Lions then added three more runs in the fourth inning chasing Dixon to bring in Jared McGee. Lovelady rapped out his second base hit, followed by a walk to Sam Chambliss moving Lovelady to second base. Kemp’s second hit of the game pushed Lovelady home as Chambliss was tossed out attempting to score. Doug Price and Ethan Lambdin walked to load the bases. Singles by Reese and Kelley plated Price and Kemp for a 10-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning the Lions added four more runs chasing McGee and bringing in shortstop Melvin Thicklin as the Volunteers' third pitcher of the afternoon.
The fourth inning was a nightmare for Jeff Davis’ pitching staff. The Vols walked one, hit two, gave up three base hits, and a fielder’s choice that netted four more runs and a 14-1 lead.
Jeff Davis scored their lone run in the third inning. Thicklin doubled into left field and scored with a base rap from Derrick Livingston.
The Lions and Volunteers were originally scheduled for a three way affair with the Class 4A Jemison Panthers. However the Panthers backed out of the deal as the school was giving ACT test Saturday and did not have enough baseball players to play a doubleheader.