Indians fall to Prattville; series continues todayPublished 1:57pm Friday, April 12, 2013
Wetumpka High’s season may be coming to a close, but that didn’t take any of the fight out of the Indians after dropping the first game of their area series with Prattville, 5-4, Tuesday afternoon at Bazemore Field.
Dalton Shepherd was saddled with the loss, while Prattville’s Blair Gornto went the distance for the win.
“I thought we came out a little lax to start the game, but that’s not the way we finished,” Wetumpka coach Russ Brooks said.
The Tribe will wrap their series with the Lions this afternoon (Friday) in Prattville.
Games times are 4 and 6.
Christian Montague is scheduled to throw the first game, with Gunter coming on in relief.
“I thought we ended that first game pretty good against them,” said Brooks. “We just let them get too far ahead to catch up.”
While the Indians are playing for pride, they could shape the postseason.
Thomspon, ranked No. 1 in the most recent Alabama Sports Writers poll, is atop the Area 7 standings.
“If Prattville beats us in the first game, they are in,” said Brooks.
Given as how Prattville serves as rivals to the Indians and the Indians rival Stanhope Elmore, there’s probably going to be unlikely Indian fans at today’s doubleheader.
In Tuesday’s single game, the Indians jumped on the Lions early.
Sammy Britton singled and then scored on a Baker Weldon single.
The wheels of the Wetumpka wagon began to wobble and fall off over the course of the second and third innings as Prattville rallied to a 5-1 lead.
“We’ve played pretty good ball, and once we get in a groove we’re tough,” said Brooks.
The Indians found their groove in the bottom of the fifth.
Matthew Mims (single) and Chase Orosco (double) led off the fifth and scored on a Charlie Crenshaw single.
The Indians plated another run in the top of the seventh.
Crenshaw singled with one out and took advantage of a pair of overthrows to make his way home.
The offensive blip was soon a flatline as groundballs were induced to produce outs two and three.
The Indians will end their season next week against Spain Park.