PRATTVILLE & SIPSEY VALLEY SPILT DOUBLEHEADER
March 10, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
LIONS RALLY FALL SHORT IN FIRST GAME; BIG SECOND INNING SPARKS EASY WIN IN NIGHTCAP, 10-3
Prattville’s baseball team returned to the diamond Saturday afternoon playing a doubleheader with the Sipsey Valley Bears.
The Lions baseball team dropped the first game, 7-6, when a last inning rally fell short. However Coach Martin Jackson’s kids came back in the nightcap and won rather handily, 10-3.
With the spilt of the doubleheader Prattville’s 2014 record stands at 8-7 as the team nears the halfway mark of the schedule.
In the opening game the Bears used a big third inning five run uprising to defeat Prattville. The Bears starting pitcher Cody Mills held the Lions in check scattering ten hits as he pitched deep into the game. Mills worked out of jams in the fifth inning and sixth inning when his teammates turned double plays to thwart two Prattville rallies.
The Bears put together five consecutive base hits to score five runs in the third inning. Included in the hits was a big two base blow by Mills. The rally was aided immensely by a throwing error that allowed two unearned runs.
Sipsey Valley started the game scoring two unearned runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.
Prattville answered in their half of the inning, Hayden White started the Lions’ inning with a double down the left field line. He went to third with an infield scratch from Pearson Hall. Both later scored with a ground out to knot the game at 2-all.
Prattville chipped away at the big lead with a solo run in the third inning on Pearson Hall’s first home run of the season, a 310-foot drive over the right field fence.
In the sixth inning two singles, one each by Dalton Yarnell and Avery Morgan added another run. Trailing, 7-4, as the final inning began Prattville made a late inning run.
Hall started the inning with a single. Mills immediately got two pop ups making the opportunity look dim. Donovan Fisher entered the game as a pinch hitter and stroked a single down the right field line. Yarnell kept the rally going with a RBI single to right field. Avery Morgan rapped a single into centerfield to plate Fisher, trimming the lead to one run.
Sipsey Valley bought in Landon Davis to pitch. Davis got Zac Hahn to roll out to the mound to end the uprising and secured the win for the Bears.
In the nightcap Sipsey Valley again took an early lead stringing together three singles sandwiched around a walk and a stolen base to push over two runs.
Prattville came roaring back strong in their half of the second inning. Yarnell got the rally started with double into deep center field. He stole third base; Morgan reached first when he was hit by starting pitcher Sam Lee. Gideon Moyer-Craft hit a slow roller to short with Yarnell racing home.
After two were out Hall was walked to load the bases. Rhett Hollon worked the count to full and drew a RBI walk. Elijah Stewart then rapped a double into center field to plate Morgan and Moyer-Craft. Chandler Mullins chased Hollon home with a single into centerfield giving the Lions a 5-2 lead.
Prattville put the game on ice in the third inning with three more runs. The Lions then put it in deep freeze in the fourth with a pair of run'
Highlight of the three run rally came with a 2-run double by Hall. Base hits by Mullins and Morgan pushed over the two runs in the fourth inning.
Hall got the start and worked five solid innings giving up three runs, only two earned, while walking two and whiffing five to improve his record to 3-1.