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PRATTVILLE DEFEAT STANHOPE ELMORE, 11-1
March 13, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
CHANDLER MULLINS TOSS 2-HITTER AS LIONS SWAMP MUSTANGS; WIN TIES THOMPSON FOR TOP SPOT IN AREA
Prattville picked a great time to play its best baseball of the season Tuesday night in Millbrook. The Lions behind an outstanding pitching performance from junior right-hander Chandler Mullins cruised past the Stanhope Elmore Mustangs, 11-1.
Mullins was in control from the first pitch to the last pitch giving Prattville a complete game. Mullins faced only 26 batters retiring the side, one, two, three, four times and throwing only 69 pitches with 45 being strikes. He walked two and fanned four and had only one bad inning when he gave up a walk and base hit that produced the lone Mustang run.
While Mullins had the Mustangs hitters baffled his teammates rapped out 13 base hits off two Stanhope Elmore pitchers, Blaine Milan, the starter, and John Dutton, who relieved Milam midway of the first Area game for both teams.
The two teams will play a double header in Prattville Friday afternoon March 14. The all important first game will begin at 4 PM. The second game is the rubber game which is used in case of a tie between the two schools. Recall last year the Lions eased into the playoffs because of this rule.
With the first game victory Prattville is in a tie with Thompson High for the top spot in class 6A Area 7. The Warriors behind the pitching of Jake Walters defeated Wetumpka, 10-2. The two teams will play a double header Friday night in Alabaster.
The Lions chalked up another win Monday afternoon with a 3-2 victory over the Robert E. Lee Generals. The game played at Roger Lambert Field.
The game was a preview of next year’s move to Class 7A, as both Prattville and Robert E. Lee will move to Class 7A Region Two.
Lee and Prattville spilt a doubleheader in Montgomery, February 21. Monday afternoon’s solo game being the rubber game of the three game series for 2014. With the win Monday the Lions took the 2014 series two games to one.
Following Friday night’s double header Prattville will take a trip to Centreville to participate in a three way battle with Bibb County High Saturday afternoon March 15. Prattville will play Spain Park around 3 PM and then take on the Choctaws in the nightcap.
TUESDAY NIGHT AT HANK FURLOW FIELD IN MILLBROOK: PRATTVILLE 11 STANHOPE ELMORE 1
Prattville again got excellent pitching as junior Chandler Mullins gave Coach Martin Jackson his first complete game of the season. Prattville’s bats did the rest rapping out 13 base hits en route to an 11-1 win.
Mullins only threw 69 pitches with 46 being strikes. He gave up two base hits, both singles, walked two and fanned four. Four of the seven innings Mullins retired the side one-two-three.
The excellent outing by Mullins came at a great time in the schedule. It was the first Area game and the win gave Prattville a quick start on earning a spot in the post season.
Even a brief rain delay of 25 minutes couldn't cool off Prattville’s bats. When the game was delayed at 7:23 Prattville led 4-0. After the game was restarted the Lions pushed over seven more runs.
The Lions got a jump start on the Mustangs with a solo run in the first inning. Hayden White rapped a double into center field followed by base hits from Elijah Stewart and Mullins to grab a 1-0 lead.
Three consecutive base hits one each from Avery Morgan, Pearson Hall and Rhett Hollon sandwiched around a Mustang throwing error gave the Lions 3-0 lead in the second inning.
Before the umpires stop play because of the rain Prattville got another unearned run with a Mustang error. Morgan knocked Mullins home with a double after Mullins reached base on the error.
The game had been played in a light drizzle until 7:23 when the rain came down hard enough to stop play. After a 25-minute delay the tarps were removed and play resumed.
In the sixth inning the Lions blew the doors off with four runs. By now Stanhope Elmore Coach Scott Johnson had send southpaw John Dutton to the mound. Dutton walked two and gave up a two run double to Elijah Stewart. Dutton also made a bad throw to first base that allowed a run to score.
Prattville added three runs for insurance in their final at bat. A two base hit from Pearson Hall, a single by Hayden White sandwiched around a hit batter and another Mustang throwing error produced the runs.