LIONS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER AT HOME
March 3, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
PRATTVILLE DEFEAT MARBURY & BIBB COUNTY SATURDAY AFTERNOON
It was gray and overcast and the baseball diamond was a muddy track, Saturday afternoon February 23 at Prattville High School. The clouds were ominous and looked as if the bottom would drop out anytime. It might not be a good day for baseball, but somehow the baseball gods were smiling on Martin Jackson and the 2013 Prattville High baseball team.
The weather conditions were not great, but the end results turned out to wonderful for the Prattville Lions. The rains stayed away and the Lions swept a doubleheader winning the opener from, Bibb County High of Centreville, 6-4, and doing it the hard way with a come from behind effort.
After Bibb County took on Prattville’s county rival from up Highway 31, the Marbury Bulldogs of Coach Lyman Woodfin in the second game of the day; the Lions then faced the Bulldogs in the chilly nightcap.
Prattville wasted little time with the Bulldogs and were rude host to their nabors. The Lions roughed up four Marbury pitchers en route to a 10-2 spanking of the ‘Dawgs.
It was not the best of times for the Bulldogs. Bibb County rallied in their last at bat to score three runs and nip Marbury, 6-5, giving the Bulldogs a double loss for the miserable afternoon.
Needless to say the Lions coaching staff was delighted with the afternoon despite the ugliness of the weather. A good group of supporters showed up and the aroma of hot dogs and hamburgers fill the air making a firm statement that the Nation’s Pastime was indeed back as the 2013 season began at Prattville High School.
Pitching coach Joseph Colvin got four quality innings out of starter Blair Gornto in the Marbury game. In the opener against the Choctaws relief pitcher Doug Price came in and pitched three scoreless innings, facing only nine batters to pick up a win.
The opener had to be just what Coach Jackson wanted to see out of his young team, the resilience to take a knockout punch (the Lions trailed 4-0 after three innings) , and get off the deck to rally for a come from behind victory.
PRATTVILLE 6 BIBB COUNTY 4 (FIRST GAME)
Bibb County jumped on Prattville starter Garrison Mathis for three runs in the first inning. After one was out Mathis walked Justin Cottingham. T.J. Lockett followed with a base hit, and then Brent Lightsey beat out a fielder’s choice to load the sacks.
Consecutive singles by Tanner Wallace and Brandon Fuller pushed over two runs, after Cottingham had scored earlier on a pass ball for a 3-0 lead.
Bibb County made it 4-0 with a solo run in the third inning. Lightsey singled and later scored on a pass ball.
Prattville got one run back in their half of the fourth inning. Pearson Hall led off with a walk, but was forced at second by Dalton Yarnell's ground ball. Yarnell scored later when Donovan Fisher’s rapped a base hit in to left field.
Mathis’ day’s work was over after the fourth inning. The Lions got a big play from centerfielder Chandler Mullins when he threw out Cottingham at the plate for the third out in the fourth inning.
Prattville broke the ice in their half of the inning with a solo run. Hall started the inning with a walk, but was forced out at second on a ground ball from Yarnell. Jarrod Jones came in to run for Yarnell and promptly stole second base. He then scored when Fisher doubled into right field trimming the Choctaws lead to 4-1.
Prattville took the lead in their half of the fifth inning. Zach Brown got the four run explosion started with a solid hit into centerfield, followed by Brent Thames beating out an infield scratch After two was out Yarnell was plucked by Nottingham to load the bases.
Ethan Lambdin then ripped a single into centerfield to plate Luke Carey (courtesy runner for Brown) and Thames trimming the lead to 4-3. Chandler Kemp walked loading the sacks again. Fisher then blasted a double into centerfield to plate Lambdin and Jarrod Jones (courtesy runner for Yarnell) for a 5-3 lead.
Prattville added an insurance run in the sixth inning. Thames beat out an infield scratch and later scored when Pearson Hall sacrificed Mullins to second after Mullins had singled.
SECOND GAME PRATTVILLE 10 MARBURY 2
Prattville jumped on Marbury's starting pitcher Garrett Blanton quickly pushing over four runs in the first inning. Mullins opened the inning with a double into deep centerfield. Hall sacrificed Mullins to third. Yarnell chased Mullins home with a single, and the big inning was on.
Before the inning was over four Lions had crossed the plate for a 4-0 lead. Bulldog Coach Lyman Woodfin sent Ben Barrett to the hill to start the second inning, and Barrett kept the Lions at bay until the fifth inning.
Prattville got to Barrett and the third Bulldog pitcher Justin Pouncey for five runs. The Bulldogs did not aid Barrett and Pouncey, kicking the ball around with a drop pop fly and a pass ball, plus a wild pitch from Barrett scored a unearned run.
Blair Gornto went four solid innings for Prattville to pick up his first win of the season. He whiffed ten Bulldogs in four innings, while allowing two unearned runs.
Chandler Mullins pitched the final three innings, and allowed two base raps and an unearned run. Taylor Spires and Mike Peterson had the base hits for Marbury.
Shelby McVey rapped a double for the Lions which drove in two runs, and Donovan Fisher’s double in the fifth plated two Lions. Five other Lions had base hits, all singles, Mullins, Yarnell, Lambdin, Chase Barber, and Will Hamm.