LIONS WIN ONE GAME AT EAST ALABAMA CLASSIC
March 6, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
PRATTVILLE LATE INNING HEROICS SINK DAVIDSON 10-9
New York Yankee’s great Yogi Berra has a great baseball quote – “It ain’t over till it’s over.” When Prattville first baseman Elijah Stewart rapped a solid single into right field sending Rhett Hollon and Tanner Baumann home the old baseball Yogi-ism proved to be correct Saturday night in Phenix City as the Lions came from behind to defeat Davidson, 10-9, and salvage one game in this year’s second annual East Alabama Classic.
With the victory the Lions finished 1-2 during the two days Prattville played in the Classic. It also improved the Lions 2014 record to 7-4.
It did not look good for the Lions as the seventh inning began. The Warriors needed three outs to claim the victory with an 8-5 lead. Davidson coach Michael Harrell brought in his sophomore closer Richard St. Fleur.
The lanky right hander was greeted by Hayden White with a single; Rhett Hollon followed with a single. Pearson Hall then doubled into right field to plat White. Still St. Fleur got Elijah Stewart to roll out to short, but Hollon scored trimming the lead to 8-7 with Hall going to third base.
Chandler Mullins flew out to centerfield and the Lions hopes were now on the shoulders of junior catcher Kevin Sadler. Sadler worked the count to 3-2 with a seven pitch battle. On the eighth pitch he was plucked by St. Fleur.
Avery Morgan came to bat. On first pitch Morgan lay down a beautiful suicide bunt that scored Hall with the tying run.
Dalton Yarnell came in to pitch the seventh inning. The Warriors wouldn’t go away easy. Jeremy McBride singled, and R. J. Gibson reached base on an infield error. The winning run was now at second with no outs. Joshua Andrews hit a bouncer back to Yarnell who fired to third to nail McBride. One out but still the winning run is at second.
Tyler Bazor rapped a hard hit ball to Pearson Hall at third. Hall chased down the fleet Gibson to tag him out, but Gibson ran out of the base lines to reach third. The infield umpire apparently did not see Gibson out of the base lines and ruled Gibson safe.
Prattville coach Martin Jackson called time out and got an opinion from the home plate umpire. After a tense two minutes of discussions Jackson won his battle. Gibson was ruled out. It was a correct call; Gibson did run out of the base lines to dodge Hall’s tag.
Still Andrews was at second with the winning run, while Bazor was at first with St. Fleur at bat. Yarnell threw one pitch to St. Fleur and Lion catcher Hayden White fired a strike to Stewart at first and caught Bazor napping for the third out.
This brought up the top of the eighth and the scenario that won the game with Stewart’s clutch base hit. It was the insurance run that Rhett Hollon scored that turned what looked like a sure loss into victory.
Still Yarnell had to get the pesky Warriors out. He did.