Indians face must-win versus Prattville FridayPublished 3:08pm Friday, April 11, 2014
It was not the ending you normally see in baseball.
With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, Wetumpka pitcher Lee Gunter pegged Prattville’s Bryson Williams to bring home the winning 3-2 run at Prattville Tuesday.
For the Indians, the sobering loss forces a sweep of the Lions Friday at home to seal second place in Class 6A, Area 7 and a spot in the playoffs.
In the series opener, Wetumpka outhit the Lions, eight to four, and held the lead on two separate occasions.
Sophomore Aaron George batted in both of Wetumpka’s runs. Each run handed the Tribe the lead, with one coming in the top of the second for a 1-0 advantage and the other crossing the plate in the fourth to put the Indians up 2-1.
Wetumpka held the one-run lead until Prattville’s last at-bat in the bottom of the seventh, scoring a run to tie the game at 2-2 and force extra innings.
The Lions’ starter Chandler Mullins shutdown the Indians in the extra frames, working 10 innings. For the game Mullins fanned six batters.
Leading the way for Wetumpka, Dalton Shepherd, Hunter Stubbs and Tyler Knight each collected two hits.
The Tribe (10-18, 3-4) and Prattville (17-16, 4-3) play a doubleheader Friday at Bazemore Field to close out the regular season.