Zarazee, Panthers roll Rolling Prairie
GRANGER- Mother Nature was very cooperative in Granger on Sunday. There wasn’t a cloud insight, temperature was in the mid 70s and there was little to no wind as Emery’s Army traveled to Snead Field to take on the Panthers.
The home team dominated from the start and kept the foot on the gas. Led by the bat of Alex Zarazee, the Panthers got the sweep with scores of 16-3, 13-0, and 14-7. Zarazee was 12 for 18 with 10 Home Runs and 15 RBIs, an impressive day from Granger’s catcher.
Although he’s been in and out of the wiffleball scene for a few years, last year was Zarazee’s first full year with the Panthers. He’s still criminally underrated in the wiffle world simply because teams just haven’t seen him enough, but he’s starting to get more recognition and deservedly so.
He wasn’t the Panther who’s bat came alive on Sunday, as Austin Williams and Griffin Smith each had six Home Runs of their own. Granger’s defense was on lock down all day only, allowing 10 runs in 3 games.
The defense, led by 2x Cy Young Pitcher Griffin Smith and 2x Gold Glove winner Seth Campbell, had Smith’s back all day as all three outfielders each made jaw dropping plays of their own. Daivyn Davis made back to back magnificent plays in center field, one of which he leaped and reached over the fence to tip a ball back in backhanded and then caught it.
For Emery’s Army, there wasn’t too much to be excited about, except for Danny Hernandez at the plate. Hernandez was the lone bright spot for Rolling Prairie at Snead Field as he had several base hits as well as a 3-run Home Run in Game 1.
It doesn’t get much easier for Jake Lawrence and company, as next week Rolling Prairie (2-4) will host three time defending champions, Maple City Magic. Meanwhile, Granger (6-0) will travel to Rocko’s Park to take on a new and improved Lynn Street team.