Contributed by Brian Schooley
The Prattville varsity softball team won a key Area 3 match-up on Tuesday evening as they knocked off Jefferson Davis 13-1 in a five-inning mercy rule game. The victory moves the Lady Lions to 4-0 in area play and pushes them closer to hosting the area tournament.
The game was actually more competitive than the final score would indicate. Jefferson Davis took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning with a walk and a double off the center field wall. Prattville responded in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own. After Melissa Townsend reached base on an error, pinch runner Jordan Harlow would advance on a Gracie Pittman single and then score on another single from Aliyah Hamilton.
Prattville pitcher Kaelyn Campbell shut down JD the rest of the way, scattering four hits in the game and striking out eight. She just had to wait for the offense to get going. That started to happen in the fourth inning when Pittman was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Hamilton then doubled to deep center field to move pinch runner Anna Schooley to third. Both Schooley and Hamilton would score on Pyper Castro’s two-run single.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Lions put the game away. Ty Wilson led things off with a double down the left field line. After Townsend walked, Wilson was able to score from second base on a Campbell ground out to second base. Pittman then doubled home pinch runner Harlow to take a four-run lead. After Hamilton walked, a Prattville strikeout put the second out on the board. There would be no more outs. Jessie Adams and Kensley Jarman each singled, then Miracle Johnson, Wilson, and Harlow walked in succession. Campbell then put her signature on the game with a grand slam home run to end the game due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The Lady Lions improved their overall record to 23-12-1. They will be back in action on Thursday when they meet Brantley at 5:00 in a varsity-only match-up.
In the JV game, Prattville rolled to a 14-0 win. Jessica Cord was the winning pitcher is this run-rule game. She gave up just one hit while striking out six batters. Aaliyah Rapier led the offense with a double and a triple and four RBIs. The JV squad is scheduled to compete in Hoover over the upcoming weekend.