LIONS & MUSTANGS SPILT DOUBLEHEADER
March 15, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
ANDREW CASEY TAME LIONS IN OPENER; GIDEON MOYER-CRAFT HURL LIONS TO WIN IN NIGHTCAP
Prattville and Stanhope Elmore spilt their doubleheader Friday afternoon at Roger Lambert Field. The Mustangs won the most important game, the opener, 6-5, as senior righty Andrew Casey threw a complete game.
Casey retired 15 of the final 18 Lion hitters he faced, scattering nine hits over the course of the game. Six of the Prattville hits came in the first three innings as Prattville closed to within one run.
The Mustangs jumped on Lion starter Pearson Hall in the first inning for four quick runs. Hall had difficulties with his control walking two of the first three hitters he faced and then plucking one. Sandwiched around these free base runners he allowed a two run double to Blaine Milam and Chase Kessinger.
Stanhope Elmore added two more runs in the third inning to take a 6-4 lead. Casey gave up one more run in the third inning when Chandler Mullins singled and later scored on Donovan Fisher’s sacrifice fly.
After Mullins’ single the Lions had only three base runners. Hayden White singled in the fifth, but was stranded. Dalton Yarnell and Zac Hahn singled in the sixth, both were stranded.
Elijah Stewart’s two run round tripper in the first inning was the highlight of the hit parade for Prattville. Hayden White and Dalton Yarnell both collected two base hits; each collected a two base hit.
Prattville rebounded in the nightcap taking advantage of costly errors from the Mustangs, as well as three passed balls and a wild pitch to win 7-3.
For Prattville it was a big win giving the Lions bragging rights for the 2014 series with the Mustangs two games to one. The second game also could become very valuable at the end of the season should Stanhope Elmore and Prattville end in a tie for second place in the final class 6A Area Seven standings. The Lions would win on the tie breaking rule.
Elijah Stewart again provided the offensive spark for the Lions in the nightcap. Stewart blasted a two run double in the sixth inning giving Prattville two big insurance runs.
Stewart and White both agian collected two base hits.
Gideon Moyer-Craft, sophomore right-hander, pitched an outstanding game for Prattville. He pitched deep into the seventh inning even surviving a hard hit ball to the midsection in the sixth inning.
Moyer-Craft scattered five hits, struck out three and walked three to pick up the impotent win. Dalton Yarnell relieved Moyer-Craft in the final inning to get the final out a pop fly ball from Noah Eller to short centerfield.
Prattville and Stanhope Elmore are now tied for second place in the Area standings, each with a one-one record. Thompson High is on top with a perfect 2-0 record having swept Wetumpka in their three game series.