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LIONS DEFEAT AUBURN TIGERS, 4-3
February 22, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
Chase Barber rapped a hard hit ball toward second base that took a bad hop into centerfield for a base hit in the top of the sixth inning at Auburn Thursday night February 21 sending Morgan Avery home with the fourth run for the Prattville Lions.
Avery’s run proved to be the different in a tight battle with the Auburn Tigers. Prattville won their second game of the young baseball season, 4-3.
Coach Martin Jackson used two Lion pitchers in the game and both turned in outstanding performances.
Junior Donovan Fisher got the start and pitched four strong innings. Fisher only gave up one earned run while scattering four hits.
Sophomore Elijah Stewart came in relief of Fisher and finished the contest pitching three outstanding innings, facing only nine hitters. One runner reached base on an error, but Lion catcher Pearson Hall tossed Mike Holmes out attempting to steal second base. In the final at bat Stewart struck out the side to pick up a save and a win.
Prattville took an early lead in the third inning after one was out. Chandler Mullins started it with an infield hit laying down a beautiful bunt down the third base line. Pearson Hall singled into left field sending Mullins to third where he scored two pitches later on a pass ball with Hall going to second. Dalton Yarnell then blasted a rap into centerfield to plate Hall and a 2-0 lead.
The hometown Tigers knotted the game in their half of the fourth inning. A Lion error, a walk and then a questionable call by the first base umpire for interference move the runner at first base up.
Jordan Regis scored from third base on a roll out by Brad Northcutt. Mike Holmes then hit a ground ball to second base that was booted sending Willie Martinez home, both runs unearned, but knotted the game at 2-allPrattville answered the two runs with a solo run in their half of the fifth inning. Mullins singled to left field to open the inning. Hall sacrificed Mullins to second where he went to third with Yarnell’s second hit of the game. Ethan Lambdin punched Mullins home with a groundout to short stop.
Auburn again tied the game in their half of the inning. Blaise Taylor (son of former Auburn football coach Trooper Taylor) beat out an infield hit. He stole second base and scored when J. J. Shaffer rapped a double down the third base line.
This set up the scenario for the Lions winning run in the sixth inning. Shelby McVey started the inning with a solid hit to right field. Avery came in to run for McVey and scored the fourth and final run on Baber’s base hit.