LIONS SPILT DOUBLE HEADER WITH NORTHRIDGE AND OPELIKA
February 23, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
LIONS DEFEAT OPELIKA BEHIND PEARSON HALL 3 HITTER
ELISHA STEWART TOUGH LUCK LOSER TO NORTHRIDGE
Pearson Hall picked up his second win of the season Saturday night, February 22 at Roger Lambert Field as the Lions defeated Opelika, 4-1. Hall went five solid innings giving up one run in the second inning, while striking out seven. Hall’s record is now 2-0 on the early season.
Hall’s impressive outing came in the nightcap of three games played. The first game saw the Lions’ bats go silent as the Northridge Jaguars of Tuscaloosa scored two runs in their final at bat to nip Prattville, 3-1.
Sandwiched between the two games The Opelika Bulldogs defeated Northridge, 5-0. Northridge came to town having just swept Haleyville in a double header, 10-5 and 2-0.
With the spilt of the double dipper Prattville’s record fell to 4-2 for the young season.
FIRST GAME: NORTHRIDGE 3 PRATTVILLE 1
Prattville coach Martin Jackson had to be very disappointed with his team’s performance against the visiting Northridge Jaguars from Tuscaloosa.
Northridge scored two unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning to nip the Lions, 3-1. During the course of the game Prattville stranded eight runners with five of those in scoring position.
Northridge’s William Ryan retired the first seven Prattville hitters before giving up a single to Bryson Williams in the third inning. Williams was quickly erased by a double play ground out from Avery Morgan.
Prattville scored their lone run in the fourth inning. Hayden White walked to open the frame. Ryan attempted to pick Brent Thames, courtesy runner for White, at first base, but threw erratic into right field with Thames going to third base. He then scored on Rhett Hollon's sacrifice fly.
The Lions would not muster another score despite having runners in scoring position in the fifth inning, and sixth inning. However the 1-0 lead held up until the final inning
In the top of the seventh inning with Chandler Mullins now on the hill the Jaguars’ Kameron Peoples beat out an infield hit after one out. Matthew Langston then hit a ground ball to shortstop Dalton Yarnell who threw wide of Bryson Williams' reach at first base with Peoples scoring and Langston going to third.
Brenton Sanders' fly ball into deep center field plated Langston for a 3-1 lead. Northridge’s first run in the first inning was also un earned.
Prattville would not go away meekly. Mullins opened the bottom of the seventh with a solid base rap into center field. After two outs Williams collected his second hit of the evening, a single to right field, sending Mullins to third. Gideon Moyer Craft was inserted as a pinch hitter and stroked a line drive that almost cleared the out stretched hands of second baseman Zach Coker. However Coker jumped high enough to snatch the ball out of the air ending the game.
NIGHTCAP: PRATTVILLE 4 OPELIKA 1
Prattville jumped on Opelika’s starting pitcher Gage Young in the first inning of the final game of the three game set to take a 4-0 lead.
The four runs were the only runs Prattville would score.
Young was lifted after facing seven hitters with four scoring. Doss Arnold replaced Young and pitched five and one third scoreless innings shutting the Lions down with only two hits.
Pearson Hall matched Arnold giving the Lions five solid innings scattering three hits and one run. Young doubled in the second inning and later scored on a ground out by Arnold for the lone Bulldog score.
Hayden White continued his hot hitting streak by stroking a first pitch from Young over the 360 foot marker in right centerfield. It was his fourth round tripper of the season.
Rhett Hollon followed with a walk. After two outs Stewart walked followed by a single from Chandler Mullins that plated Hollon. Zac Hahn waked. Dalton Yarnell then rapped a single into right field sending Stewart and Mullins home for a 4-0 lead.
Donovan Fisher relieved Hall in the sixth inning to pick up a save by retiring six of the eight hitters he faced.