LIONS SPILT WITH HOLTVILLE BULLDOGS
March 3, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
CHANDLER MULLINS BAFFLE HOLTILLE IN NIGHTCAP TO GIVE LIONS SPILT OF DOUBLEHEADER
Prattville’s Lions got off to a rocky start Tuesday night, February 26 in Holtville. The Lions committed five errors; their pitching staff tossed two wild pitches and hit three batters, which resulted in five unearned runs and an embarrassing 10-3 defeat.
True the weather wasn’t exactly conducive to playing baseball, as the wind made the 45 degree weather seem ever colder, yet the Lions regrouped in the second game behind a outstanding pitching performance from Chandler Mullins an earned a spilt with Bulldogs with a 5-0 victory.
The spilt with the Holtville Bulldogs improved Prattville’s record to 5-2 for the season, while Holtville fell to 4-3. The Bulldogs are coached by Kevin Hall, a former Prattville High star athlete.
FIRST GAME: HOLTVILLE 10 PRATTVILLE 3
The Lions took an early lead in the first inning. Chandler Mullins opened with a triple into left field and later scored on a ground out from Dalton Yarnell. The Lions made it 2-0 with a solo run in the second inning. Selby McVey opened with a double into center field. Chandler Kemp moved McVey to third with a sac fly ball. Zach Brown then rapped a single into right field to plate McVey for a 2-0 lead.
The lead was shot lived as the Bulldogs posted three runs in their half of the inning. None of the runs were earned as Prattville committed an error, a pass ball and a hit batter led to 3-2 deficit.
The Lions got one run back in the third inning. Dalton Yarnell reached first on a Bulldog error and later scored on a wild pitch from Bulldog starter Cotton Campbell.
Holtville regained the lead in their half of the inning. Prattville aided the cause with a comedy of errors, from their outfielders.
Campbell settled down with the lead. The Bulldog right-hander faced 15 hitters over the next three innings, but was tough with runners on base, stranding six Lions, four in scoring position.
All total, Prattville left nine runners on base. Chandler Mullins and Pearson Hall led the hit parade with two base hits each
SECOND GAME: PRATTVILLE 5 HOLTVILLE 0
Mullins took the mound for the Lions in the cool nightcap. Mullins' pitching was as strong as the cold breeze blowing across the Holtville Diamond. He faced only 25 hitters in six innings, striking out 10 of those and allowed only four hits, throwing 69 pitches, 51 of those were strikes.
Elisha Stewart pitched one inning of relief work and retired three of the batters he faced striking out two.
The Lions took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Mullins opened the game with a double down left field line, and scored when Donovan Fisher singled. Fisher stole second went to third on a pass ball and scored when Dalton Yarnell rolled out to short.
Prattville ended the scoring in the fourth inning with three runs. Stewart rapped a double into centerfield, followed by a base rap from Doug Price, and Will Hamm for the 5-0 lead. Mullins, Stewart and Brent Thames all two base hits, as the Lions rapped out ten base hits to picked up their fifth win of the young season.