Wetumpka, Millbrook go head-to-head as Legion season dwindlesPublished 8:00am Sunday, July 7, 2013
An unexpected pitchers duel came to life Tuesday night at Mustangs’ Field in Millbrook as Christian Montague (Wetumpka) and Wallace Henry (Marbury) went pitch for pitch in a 2-1 American Legion showdown.
Henry came out the victor, throwing six and a third innings of no-hit baseball as Millbrook pulled away in the nightcap and improved to 34-10 on the year.
“I knew he was having a good game,” said Millbrook Post 133 coach Wade Atchley. “We don’t talk about that in the dugout, so I didn’t know how good of a game he was having.”
Tyler Knight, however, proved to be a thorn in Henry’s side, drawing walks in the third and fifth innings to break up the perfect game. With two outs in the seventh, he broke up the no-hitter, singling and beating out the throw to first.
It was also on that play calamity ensued and Wetumpka scored their first and only run of the game.
With runners moving on the pitch, Tristan Hughes over ran second and was well on his way to third while a Millbrook defender held the ball. The impromptu and slow-developing rundown allowed Logan Burdette to sprint home safely. Hughes also made it back to second safely.
“We don’t know how to finish,” said Atchley. “We’ve played good baseball at time and then it’s been fluctuating. It’s just been a weird thing this season.”
In the first game of the Tuesday doubleheader, Zac Hahn tossed a four-hitter and struckout eight as Millbrook claimed the 2-1 victory.
Knight singled to score Keith Johnson in the first for Wetumpka.
“We appear to be slumping really bad right now with the bats,” said William Perkins, coach of the Post 7 Wetumpka Strikers. “We are going to have to have a serious batting practice next week to help get us ready for District.”
Millbrook Red (the first-game opponent Tuesday) tied the game in the bottom of the first with Jarrod Houston pushing Hahn home. Post 133 took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Noah Eller singled and scored Tyler Mather.
Dalton Shepherd took the loss.
“Our pitching has been good. They’ve been doing well,” said Perkins. “We just can’t score enough runs to support them. If we can score four or five runs a game we’ll be fine.”
In the second game against Post 133 Millbrook (Navy team) went ahead with runs in the first and second innings.
“My younger team plays good situational baseball and that’s been our strength,” said Atchley. “My older bunch just hasn’t gotten into a real good flow.”
Both teams are set to end their regular seasons this week.
Millbrook is in Andalusia this weekend for a showdown with Covington County (at LBW Community College) and then will end the regular season against Centreville Monday.
Wetumpka is scheduled to host Tuscaloosa Red Monday night in a double beginning at 5.
And then will travel to Ariton Friday for the district tournament and will face Ariton, Dothan and Troy.
For Millbrook the teams head in different direction.
Post 133 Red travels to Clanton and plays Centreville first.
Post 133 Navy travels to Thompson and plays Childersburg.