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PRATTVILLE WINS FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAME
April 19, 2012By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
LIONS TUNE UP FOR PLAYOFFS IN TALLASSEE; GOODSON PLAYS 21 PLAYERS INCLUDING SIX PITCHERS
Tommy Goodson’s final regular season game as head coach of the Prattville Lions ended on a good note Tuesday afternoon in Tallassee. Goodson used the final regular season game with the Tallassee Tigers to look at six pitchers and played 21 players in a 10-5 win over Coach Adam Clayton’s Tigers.
With the win the Lions ended its 2012 regular season with a sparkling 30-4 record and a lofty number six ranking in the Alabama Sportswriters’ weekly poll.
The thirty wins in one season was Goodson’s fourth 30-win season at Prattville High School in his six year career as head baseball coach of the Lions program bringing his career record at Prattville to 173-60.
Both teams are headed for the state playoffs. The class 5A Tigers will take on Charles Henderson High in Troy. The Lions will play host to the number 10 ranked Smiths Station Panthers in Prattville. Both series are the best of three, with a double header on Friday (April 20) and a single game on Saturday (April 21) if necessary.
Prattville jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning Tuesday afternoon. Dalton Kelley opened the game with a single up the middle and was sacrificed to second by Hayden White. Josh Lovelady then singled into left field.
Sam Chambliss rapped a single into left field to plate Kelley. Chandler Kemp pushed Christian Reese (Courtesy runner for Lovelady) home with a roll out to shortstop moving Chambliss to third. Chambliss then scored when Zack Gantt uncorked a wild pitch for the 3-0 lead.
Tallassee got one of the runs back in the bottom of the first inning. After one was out Josh Highland singled and later scored on an infield throwing error by the Lions.
Prattville made it 7-1 in the third inning. The Lions paraded ten hitters to the plate with Kelley leading off the inning with a triple. White’s single scored Kelley, and then White stole second base.
Lovelady reached base on an error, which ignited two more infield boots by the Tigers of Chambliss and Chandler Kemp’s grounders which plated White and Reese. Doug Price’s sacrifice fly scored Chambliss for the 7-1 lead.
Tallassee wouldn’t roll over and added four runs in the fifth inning, roughing up Garrison Mathis' one inning of work.
Goodson also worked Will Hamm, Derrick Deates, Dalton Kelley and Pete McKee for one inning, while Evan McCullough toiled two innings to pick up the win his third of the season.
Prattville ended the scoring in the sixth inning as Jordan Friday led off with a double, and scored on White’s base rap after Zach Brown had walked. Lovelady plated Reese and Brown for the final two runs of the game