LIONS WIN PITCHER'S DUEL WITH ROBERT E. LEE
March 11, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
ZAC HAHN THROWS OUTSTANDING GAME TO DEFEAT GENERALS
Prattville‘s sophomore southpaw Zac Hahn had a shutout going Monday afternoon at Roger Lambert Field. Hahn had faced 17 batters and retired 15 as the sixth inning began.
Robert E. Lee’s Jalen Gaston reached base on a throwing error to start the inning. Still Hahn seemingly would escape any further damage as he retired the next two Generals without a ball being hit out of the infield. Lee’s ace pitcher Josh Flowers came to bat and stroked a single into left field sending Gaston to third. Hahn then uncorked a wild pitch sending Gaston home to break up the shutout. Flowers later scored with another Lion error to knot the game at 2-all.
Hahn still picked up the win as his teammates pushed over a run in their half of the inning to take a 3-2 lead into the Lee’s final at bat. Tanner Baumann came out of the bullpen in the seventh inning and saved the game retiring three of the four he faced.
It was Hahn’s first win of the 2014 season. Hahn was very efficient tossing only 85 pitches over the six innings of work with 53 of those being strikes. With the six innings of work he lowered his ERA to 1.58.
Prattville took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. After one was out Dalton Yarnell stroked a single into left field. Avery Morgan followed with a single to left field. Yarnell then scored on Kevin Sadler’s base rap into centerfield.
The Lions made it 2-0 in the third inning. Pearson Hall opened the inning with a walk, went to second with a pass ball. As Rhett Hollon rolled out to short Hall advanced to third. He then scored on a long fly ball by Elijah Stewart.
After Lee tied the game Prattville tacked on the winning run in their half of the sixth inning. Yarnell had his second hit of the game, a double, down the left field line after one was out. He went to third base on a pass ball and scored when Donovan Fisher laced a single into centerfield.
Tanner Baumann relieved Hahn and pitched to four batters in the final inning. He fanned Darius Vance to open the inning. Allen Gaston drew a walk, but was forced out at second with Mason Miller’s ground ball. Miller then stole second base, but Baumann got John Britton to roll out to third preserving the win.
Prattville won the 2014 series with the Generals picking up two wins to one defeat. Next spring the Generals will return to Prattville’s schedule as a Regional foe.