After winning the first game of the series 7-3, Wetumpka jumped out to a 6-1 lead and needed five more outs to finish off the sweep at home. Benjamin Russell had other ideas and scored six runs in the final two innings, including four with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to force a Game 3 on Friday.
“We got outplayed all day,” BRHS coach Richy Brooks said. “We probably played our worst baseball day of the year and our energy level just dropped as the day went. We’re happy to get a win with as poorly as we played today.”
Benjamin Russell scored two runs in the sixth inning to put a dent in Wetumpka’s lead but the Wildcats grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to seemingly put an end to the rally. Huell Lumpkin led off the 7th inning with a walk and moved to second on a single by Ryan Willis.
After a wild pitch cut the lead to 6-4, Wilson Hays ripped a two-run single to left field to tie the game. Pitts followed with a double to right field before Brock Elliott drew a walk to load the bases and Cade Brooks watched four pitches miss the strike zone in his at bat, allowing the winning run to score.
“It will be a new day,” Wetumpka coach Michael Dismukes said. “That’s all we can ask for and we just have to respond. They ended on a high note and they’ll be on cloud nine coming in here tomorrow. We just have to be ready to move on to the next one.”
Wetumpka won Game 1 behind a complete game from Seth Johnson on the mound. The Indians also got solo home runs from Stephen King and Dylan Shipley in the victory. Johnson added Wetumpka’s third homer of the day in Game 2 to put the Indians ahead 6-1 in the fourth.
Wetumpka hopes to shake off the feeling of losing Game 2 and bounce back when the team returns to the field tomorrow. The starter has not been decided yet but Dismukes is not worried about his team being prepared to go for Game 3.
“I thought we were ready to play all day but the ball just didn’t bounce our way there at the end,” Dismukes said. “Our guys will be mentally ready to go. We have some great leadership.”
The third and final game of the series is set for 5 p.m. on Friday at Bazemore Field.
Editor’s note: You can find this full article in Friday’s edition of The Alexander City Outlook. Continue to follow Caleb Turrentine and The Herald for more coverage of Game 3 on Friday.