LIONS DROP TWO AT EAST ALABAMA CLASSIC
March 6, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
PRATTVILLE ERRORS LEAD TO TOUGH DEFEATS
The weather in Phenix City Thursday night, February 27, was downright brutal as the temperature dropped to 34 degrees when the final out was made in the second game of a twin bill of the East Alabama Classic played at Darnell Field.
Prattville’s baseball team’s play on the diamond was about as bad as the weather, brutal. The Lions kicked the ball around nine times during the two games with results as could be expected; Prattville lost both games by the same score of 9-6.
Of the 18 runs scored on the Prattville pitching staff, only five were earned. Not exactly kosher for winning. With the two defeats the Lions 2014 record fell to 6-4.
FIRST GAME: BEAUREGARD 9 PRATTVILLE 6
Beauregard jumped on Lion starter Elijah Stewart in the first inning for five runs; none of the runs were earned. Two costly errors led to the quick five run deficit.
Prattville cut the five run lead to two with three runs in the second inning as Hayden White’s double chased home Zac Hahn and Harley Thompson after Bryson Williams had scored on a pass ball.
The Hornets added three more unearned runs in the third inning off hard luck starter Elijah Stewart for an 8-3 lead which proved to be too steep of a hill to climb.
The Lions made a little noise in their final at bat as Hayden White continued his hot spring hitting spree with his fifth round tripper of the season with Avery Morgan on base. Pearson Hall later scored with a sacrifice fly to deep center field by Chandler Mullins.
SECOND GAME: CENTRAL 9 PRATTVILLE 6
The nightcap against host team Phenix City’s Central High Red Devils ended with the same results, a tough defeat, ironically by the same score.
Again the Lions gave up four unearned runs that proved to be their Waterloo. Prattville put together a five run rally in the fifth inning to grab a 6-3 lead. However the Lions couldn’t hold the lead as the Red Devils pushed over six runs in their half of the inning behind two costly errors to win, 9-6.
Prattville struck first as White started the game with a double into deep center field. Brent Thames entered as a courtesy runner and later scored from third for a 1-0 lead.
Central battled back to take a 3-1 lead off starter Zac Hahn. In the Devils’ half of the fifth inning Prattville booted the ball twice and middle reliever Tanner Baumann had a tough time throwing strikes as he walked three. In between Central rapped out three base hits sandwiched around two fielder choices to win, 9-6.
White again led the Prattville hit parade rapping out two doubles, while Rhett Hollon went three for three with a ribbie.