Indians, Mustangs make FCA Tourney debutsPublished 10:14am Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Stanhope Elmore Mustangs baseball team is set to tangle with a few familiar faces, but in different places as they are part of the 20th FCA Jason Armstrong Memorial Baseball Classic.
“We called and asked if they had any openings,” said Scott Johnson, coach of the Mustangs.
“This was back in the fall.”
The list of teams reads like a litany of state baseball powers: Jemison, St. James, Thorsby, Alabama Christian, Prattville, Charles Henderson, Marbury, Trinity, Providence Christian, Montgomery Academy, Brew Tech, LAMP, Brantley and Prattville Christian.
The Mustangs aren’t the only Elmore County team in the tournament, Wetumpka has also joined the cast.
“We wanted to get in this tournament as a way to develop our pitching staff and not have to depend on one or two guys to pitch all the time,” said Russ Brooks, first-year coach of the Indians. “In our area, you have to have a complete pitching staff or you will not make the playoffs.”
Jemison played St. James and Thorsby played Alabama Christian Monday at Paterson Field to officially open the tournament.
The Indians will play eight games this week, according to Brooks, and began their trek with a doubleheader homsetand against Jemison Tuesday night.
“We are going to have a chance to throw a lot of kids,” said Brooks.
The Mustangs opened the tournament against Troy’s Charles Henderson Tuesday night at Paterson Field.
“It’s always nice to get a chance to play at Paterson and Riverwalk,” said Johnson. “That’s where you want to be at the end of the year.”
Both teams will be in action Wednesday as Wetumpka plays St. James under the bright lights of Riverwalk (6 p.m.) and the Mustangs play LAMP at Paterson (6 p.m.)
Stanhope Elmore will play ACA inside the Riverwalk Thursday (6 p.m.) while Wetumpka will play Decatur (Paterson Field) at 7.
“Our team is getting better each game and we are taking things one day at a time,” said Brooks. “This tournament will stretch our pitching. But it’s going to be fun to watch our guys grow up quick. I believe in them. They’ll get it done.”
Thursday’s games end the local school’s run through the tournament.
“We play these teams every year, but to play them in these stadiums makes it different,” said Johnson. “The kids are really excited about it.”