PRATTVILLE WIN DOUBLE HEADER ON OPENING DAY
February 18, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
STRONG PITCHING FROM FOUR PRATTVILLE PITCHERS SPARK LIONS TO WINS OVER MARBURY & AUBURN
Prattville’s 2014 edition of varsity baseball got off to an excellent start Monday night, February 17 at Roger Lambert Field. The Lions shook off a disastrous opening inning when they fell behind county rival Marbury, 3-0, to rally and win, 12-7.
Prattville again fell behind in the nightcap with Auburn, 1-0, in the first inning. Again the Lions responded to adversity to come from behind and post a win thumping the Tigers, 8-2.
In the opening game the Lions chased Marbury ace southpaw Wallace Henry in the second inning. Hayden White lifted a 3-run round tripper over the right field fence to give Prattville a 5-4 lead and Henry’s day on the mound was over after 47 pitches and one inning. The home run from White ignited the Lions to win the opener rather handily.
Elijah Stewart got the start for Prattville and the big righhander settled down after the shaky start to pick up the win despite giving up six runs. Stewart struck out seven and walked none.
In the nightcap Prattville got excellent pitching from starter junior Pearson Hall and senior relief pitcher Donovan Fisher to defeat Auburn and cap the opening night with two wins.
Prattville High School also named the baseball field Roger Lambert Field in ceremonies prior to the start of the doubleheader. Lambert accepted a plaque from current superintendent of education Spence Agee prior to first pitch. Lambert headed the program when the current location of the baseball field’s construction was begun in 1989.
FIRST GAME: PRATTVILLE 12 MARBURY 7
The Bulldogs jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Marbury used base hits from Ben Barrett, Colton Thomas and Henry to score three times, aided by two hit batters and a sacrifice fly.
The Lions began to chip away, scoring twice in their half of the first inning on base hits from Fisher and White.
Marbury added a solo run in the second inning on Thomas’ second base hit for a 4-2 lead.
Zach Hahn started a Prattville comeback in bottom of the inning with a single, then Henry walked Avery Morgan. White then connected on 2-1 fast ball and lifted it over the right field fence for a 5-4 Prattville lead.
Prattville never trailed again adding four runs in the third inning and clinching the win with a clutch two base hit from Hahn in the fourth inning. Hahn’s hit drove in two runs and gave Prattville an 11-6 lead.
Relief pitcher Junior Chandler Mullins came in and relieved Stewart. Mullins finished he game allowing one run in the final inning.
Marbury’s Colton Thomas went four for four for the Bulldogs. Hayden White, Rhett Hollon, and Zach Hahn all had two hits for Prattville.
PRATTVILLE 8 AUBURN 2
Auburn took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off Lion starter Pearson Hall scoring an unearned run. Prattville knotted the game in their half of the inning. Hayden White ripped a double into deep center field, went to third on Rhett Hollon's sacrifice. Donovan Fisher’s roll out to second plated courtesy runner Tanner Baumann.
The Tigers made it 2-1 in the top of the fourth. After one was out Andrew Naismith singled, then went to third on a single by Cooper Flanagan. Haven Barnes then grounded out to second with Naismith racing home.
Prattville retaliated in their half of the fourth inning with two runs to take a 3-2 lead. Fisher opened with a single off middle reliever Andrew White. Elijah Stewart then connected on a first pitch from White for a double sending Fisher to third.
Chandler Mullins rapped a single to right field to plate Fisher with Stewart going to third. Stewart then scored on a pass ball for a 3-2 Lion lead.
Prattville blew the game open in the bottom of the fifth in a comedy of miscues by the Tigers. The Lions only had one hit off White, a single by Chandler Mullins. White walked leadoff hitter Brent Thames.
After Hayden White flew out to deep centerfield Rhett Hollon walked. With runners at first and second the Tigers’ seemingly fell apart, as Donovan Fisher reached first on an error by catcher Brad Norman to load the sacks. A walk, a wild pitch, another error this one by first baseman Andrew Naismith pushed over four unearned runs and an 8-2 Prattville lead.
Donovan Fisher relieved Pearson Hall in the fifth inning, and pitched three solid innings. Fisher, a senior, gave up no hits, struck out two and retired six straight hitters before walking Cooper Flanagan in the seventh inning.
Auburn couldn’t solve Hall and Fisher’s pitching, as the normal hard hitting Tigers had only two base hits, both singles in the fourth inning off Hall.