LIONS HAVE ANOTHER LOST WEEKEND
March 17, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
SPAIN PARK & BIBB COUNTY SPANK LIONS IN CENTREVILLE
Prattville’s baseball team, fresh off a “lost weekend” in Phenix City (February 27-28), suffered another weekend to forget.The only good thing about this weekend (March 14 & 15)it was a tad closer, only 45 minutes up old Highway 82, to Centreville.
After splitting with Stanhope Elmore Friday night, March 14, at home; dropping the all-important first game which put the Lions into a must win situation to make the playoffs, coach Martin Jackson took the Lions to Bibb County High School to take on the Spain Park Jaguars and home town Bibb County Choctaws.
If you recall William Shapeshire's Julius Casear, March 15, is the Ides of March.
The Ides of March of 2014 was not a good day for Prattville High School baseball. Coach Jackson and his assistants, Kerry Jeffries and Joseph Colvin felt the team could enjoy the trip realizing that they needed to improve and not worry about the Area standings. It turned into another “Lost Weekend.”
Prattville’s first game of the afternoon would be against Spain Park of Hoover. The Jaguars are normally a very good high school baseball team. This year’s club was not exactly setting the woods on fire with a 14-10 record.
Two former Billingsley Bears head up the Spain Park Baseball Program. Will Smith is the head coach. No one can doubt his baseball credentials. Will kept his dreams alive and went on to play in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox.
David Spencer is his assistant. David has close ties to Prattville High School having coached at Prattville High School for five year before becoming a member of the staff at Spain park High School.
Prattville got a jump start on the Jaguars as leadoff batter, Hayden White, connected with a one-one fast ball and planted it over the 360 foot marker in center field for a 1-0 lead. Before the inning was over the Lions had a 4-0 lead wrapped around two walks, a single by Rhett Hollon, another single by Dalton Yarnell, a stolen base, and a throwing error to take a 4-0 lead.
Unfortunately Prattville couldn’t generate more offense until the fifth inning when they scored twice. By this time the Jaguars had scored eight runs for an 8-4 lead.
Back to back base hits from Hollon and Chandler Mullins aided by some very loose defensive play by the Jags lead to an 8-6 score.
The Jags brought in southpaw Matt Berlet and he retired six of the final seven Lions to give Spain Park the victory. Not a good start in Centreville. With the win Spain Park improved to 15-10.
The two former Autauga County lads and the Spain Park Jaquars gave the Lions a rude start in the opening game at Centreville's Buddy Wade Field.
Prattville would face host Bibb County High (9-14) in the finale of the five games played. The first game the Choctaws lost to Tuscaloosa Hillcrest, 16-3.
Bibb County's senior Jacob Nichols (3-1) took the hill for the Choctaws. Prattville had no answer for Nichols. Nichols breezed thru the Lions retiring 15 of the 21 batters he faced. Of the seven runners who reached base, only five advanced to second base, one was wiped out with a double play.
The Lions had four hits with Hayden White collecting two of those. Rhett Hollon added a single; Donovan Fisher collected the other hit.
Bibb County ended the game with the ten run mercy rule with a three run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
It was not a very good trip to Centreville for Prattville’s baseball team.