Stanhope Elmore wins first meeting; playoff hopes hang on seriesPublished 11:31am Saturday, April 6, 2013
Stanhope Elmore picked up the first win in a three-game area showdown with rival Wetumpka, 4-3, on Tuesday at Furlow Field.
“I’m glad we got the win,” said Mustangs coach Scott Johnson. “I would have liked a few more runs in hand, but we had one more than they did when it mattered.”
Stanhope Elmore traveled to Bazemore Field Friday to close out the series.
“We may not be good enough to make the playoffs this year,” said Russ Brooks, coach of the Indians. “Six of our starting nine are (sophomores) and younger. They are going to be around for a while and they will get better.”
Brooks said the Tribe’s plan was to throw freshmen Christian Montague (game two) and Cody Herring (game three) against the Mustangs on Friday.
“We’re playing pretty good right now,” said Johnson. “We are going to need some help getting into the playoffs, but it all depends on what happens in Wetumpka.”
The Mustangs and Tribe cap area play next week with a Tuesday/Friday series against Thompson and Prattville, respectively.
Both the Mustangs and the Tribe host the first game of the three-game tilt.
In Game 1 of the Wetumpka/Stanhope Elmore series, the Mustangs jumped ahead 1-0 after Andrew Casey scored on a Drake Cabe single. The Mustangs threatened again in the second.
With two out and runners on the corners, Dalton Shepherd beaned a Mustangs batter.
As the wounded Mustang trotted toward first, Taylor Austin (running for Blaine Milam) began running home. Shepherd fired a throw to Indians catcher Clayton Shepherd who tagged the runner at the plate for the final out of the inning. Wetumpka answered with a three-run third.
Charlie Crenshaw singled and scored on a Dalton Shepherd single. With two out, Baker Weldon singled putting two men on.
Freshman Ryan Crockett, the next batter, turned on a Mustangs’ offering and bounced it off the fence in left field to clear the bases. The Tribe’s 3-1 lead stood until the fifth.
Cabe singled to score Corbin Shaw to knot the game at 3. The Mustangs picked up the victory in the sixth, plating a pair of runs to pull ahead 4-3.
“Scott and his bunch do a great job. And you’re going to get everybody’s best in area,” said Brooks They got our best that day.”