Holtville-Wetumpka split Wednesday doubleheaderPublished 3:11pm Thursday, April 3, 2014
The Wetumpka Indians and the Holtville Bulldogs split a doubleheader at HHS’s Smart-Collier Field Wednesday.
WHS held on to win the first game 11-9 and the Dawgs took the nightcap 5-2.
In Game 1, Wetumpka scored all 11 of its runs in the first five innings and sported an 11-2 advantage heading into Holtville’s last at-bat in the bottom of the seventh.
The Bulldogs mounted a stout comeback. Against Indian pitcher Aaron George, HHS catcher Zach Davis sparked the rally with an RBI double. Ty Hall scored Josh Thompson and Brandon Dunn smacked a two-run single to cut WHS’s lead to 11-6.
With Reese Cain entering to pitch for Wetumpka, the Bulldogs kept churning. Hunter Davis plated Hall and Bradley Brown brought in Dunn to close the gap to 11-8.
The Tribe turned to Lee Gunter, its third reliever of the inning. After giving up an RBI double to Kelvin Gullatte, Gunter recorded the next two outs to pick up the save and preserve the 11-9 victory.
Amid the late runs for HHS, Logan Burdette still got the win for Wetumpka on the mound. Offensively, Charlie Crenshaw collected three hits.
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Starters Bradley Brown and Baker Weldon dueled on the bump in Game 2. Both pitchers took perfect games in the third.
Brown spoiled Weldon’s perfect game by walking in the bottom of the third, and also got the better of him on the mound, throwing a complete game in his team’s 5-2 win.
Pinch runner Caleb Chandler, running for Brown in the third, took home on a wild pitch from Weldon to give Holtville a 1-0 lead.
Wetumpka senior Charlie Crenshaw broke up Brown’s perfect game in the fourth with a single to start the frame. After the leadoff hitter stole second, Hunter Stubbs drove him in with a double to tie the contest at 1. Next batter, Weldon, plated Stubbs with a single to give WHS a 2-1 advantage.
The Bulldogs tied things up at 2-2 in the fifth with a two-out RBI single from Zach Davis.
In their next at-bat, HHS broke the game open after a single by Ty Hall and a hit-by-pitch of Brandon Dunn. With one away, Austin Owens cashed in, with a two-run single, putting Holtville up 4-2.
After Triston Hughes relieved Weldon, Holtville’s Kelvin Gullatte recorded the game’s final RBI with a blooper that dropped just inside the right field foul line, scoring Owens.
Weldon threw 5.1 innings and struck out 12 batters, but earned the loss.
WHS (10-13) plays area foe Stanhope Elmore in Millbrook today at 5:30 p.m. Holtville (10-14) returns to action Saturday at Prattville.