The Pryor Times

March 20, 2013

Holloway’s walk-off double lifts Pryor

Chuck Porter
Sports Editor

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Pryor stood at 1-1 in the Aggie Classic Tuesday after snagging an 8-5 win in extra innings over West Florida (Pensacola, Fla.) High School off of a Casey Holloway walk-off RBI double.

The Tigers held a 5-1 lead heading into the top of the sixth inning, but gave up two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to open the door for West Florida. All five Tiger runs came courtesy of West Florida errors.

Kelvin Grubbs (2-0), pitching in relief of starter Nate Wolfe, threw a shutout eighth after Pryor allowed four runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Justin Thomas led off the bottom of the eighth with a single before a strikeout and flyout gave the Jaguars two outs.

When Grubbs whiffed on a third strike it looked like the Tigers and Jaguars were headed to a ninth inning. However, Jaguar catcher Chad Simmons dropped the pitch and did not make the throw to first to secure the out, allowing Grubbs to reach on the error.

Anthony Martinez then walked to load the bases, allowing Holloway to hit the game-winner.

“I’m really proud of the way our kids fought tonight,” Pryor coach Gerald Osborne told the Pensacola News Journal. “We could have caved after that seventh, but we came back in the eighth, got a break and the senior at the plate [Holloway] had a big at-bat.”

The Tigers opened pool play of the Aggie Classic in Pensacola, Fla. with a 14-4 loss at the hands of Arlington Country Day School Monday.

Pryor, playing as the home team, took a 2-0 lead after one inning but Arlington struck back with five runs in the top of the second to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Zack Hammock (2-2) lasted into the third inning before being relieved by Conley Ledoux. Grubbs took over for Ledoux in the fifth, and Bradley Nixon pitched the final two innings.

Pryor pitchers gave up 12 hits and the Tiger defense was unusually ineffective, allowing five errors.

Pryor was set to play Greenwood (Ark.) Wednesday before the final round Thursday. Their final round foe is yet to be determined.