PRATTVILLE SWEPT AT MARBURY
March 4, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
HOLTVILLE SCORES FIVE RUNS IN FINAL AT BAT TO NIP LIONS; WALLACE HENRY SILENT LIONS' BAT AS MARBURY DEFEAT LIONS, 8-5
Prattville High’s baseball team took a trip to Marbury to participate in a triple header Saturday afternoon, March 1. It turned into a long day. Prattville played two games and lost both.
In the opening game with the Holtville Bulldogs the Lions were cruising to an easy win with a 4-1 lead needing three outs for the victory. The wheels ran off the Lions Victory Express in Holtville’s final at bat.
The Bulldogs batted around pushing over five runs, three unearned, to stun the Lions, 6-5. It was a heart breaking loss for starting pitcher Chandler Mullins. He had pitched six solid innings giving up only one run on two base hits.
In the final game of afternoon the host Bulldogs of Marbury High put the Lions away quickly scoring three times in the first inning and tacked on three more in the third to take a 6-2 lead into the final at bat. Prattville made a little noise in their final a bat, scoring three times before Tyler Easterling struck out Gideon Moyer Craft with the bases loaded to end the game.
With the two defeats the Lions season record tumbled to 7-6 with Regional play looming in only ten days.
Prattville’s Chandler Mullins and Holtville’s Hunter Davis tied up in a pitcher’s duel. Holtville took the early lead scoring once in their first at bat. Zack Davis singled into centerfield and later scored on a single by Brandon Davis.
Prattville knotted the game in the second inning. Dalton Yarnell blasted a double into left field and scored on a double by Hayden White to knot the game at one-all.
The Lions took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning scoring an unearned run. Pearson Hall reached second base and then stole third base. He scored on a ground out by Harley Thompson.
The Lions added two more in the sixth inning with a double by Avery Morgan and one base rap from Gideon Moyer-Craft, Hayden White and Rhett Hollon.
Prattville needed three outs in the top of the seventh for the win. It did not happen.
Mullins started the inning by hitting Hunter Davis. He then fanned Austin Lankford with the eighth and ninth hitters, Brandy Brown and Josh Thompson, on deck. Both collected singles with Brenton Knight (courtesy runner for Davis) scoring.
Zack Davis reached first as Thompson was forced at second. Dalton Speigner singled and Ty Hall was plucked to load the bases. Brandon Dunn hit a roller to short where Yarnell’s throw zipped past first baseman Bryson Williams into the Holtville dug out. All three runners scored giving Holtville a 6-4 lead.
Prattville coach Martin Jackson argued only two runners should be allowed to score, but to no avail.
Prattville scored one run in the bottom of the inning as Donovan Fisher reached base on an error and scored when Yarnell singled down the third base line. But Hunter Davis struck out Moyer-Craft and Morgan to give Holtville the stunning win.
SECOND GAME: MARBURY 8 PRATTVILLE 5
Gabe Wurtz blasted a bases loaded double in the first inning to give Marbury a quick 3-1 lead
Prattville had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Hayden White opened the game with a booming double into center field. He then moved to third with a single from Rhett Hollon and scored with a sacrifice from Pearson Hall.
Marbury’s ace southpaw Wallace Henry then retired 11 of the next 13 Prattville hitters before White singled in the fifth and scored on Hall’s single. Henry pitched another inning and turned the game over to four relief pitchers to preserve the win.
Marbury added three runs in the third inning with base raps from Michael Peterson, Jared Nixon and a double by Colton Thomas.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the sixth inning without hitting the ball out of the infield with two walks, an error, a stolen base, a pass ball and a ground out.
Prattville scored three times in their final at bat, and had the bases loaded with two outs, when Tyler Easterling fanned Moyer-Craft for the final out.