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Boys Athlete of the Week: White County's Joel Pritchett

POSTED: April 8, 2013 10:24 p.m.

When White County sophomore Joel Pritchett was moved up from the junior varsity baseball team to varsity this season, he was expected to be a strong center fielder for the Warriors. He was not, however, expected to enter a game against Region 7-AAA’s then No. 1 team, Buford, as a pitcher.

Pritchett, who White County coach John Brown said has only really pitched twice for White County, got his first glimpse of the powerful Buford team in an inning in relief last Wednesday. After a number of mistakes by both teams, the Warriors took a 6-5 loss, but Brown saw something special in Pritchett during his brief time on the mound.

“We made some mistakes and they made some mistakes, but he shut them down that day,” Brown said. “He really stood out.”

On Friday, Pritchett entered the game against Buford once again, this time earning the win from the mound, striking out one and allowing four hits over 3 2/3 innings in a 5-1 White County victory.

For his efforts, Pritchett is The Times Boys Athlete of the Week.

“He pitched real well Wednesday against Buford, so we figured we would give him another shot on Friday,” Brown said. “It was a big win against Buford. We’re fourth in the region right now, so beating a team ahead of us was important.”

Pritchett has certainly made an impression after starting the season on the JV team, and Brown believes that Pritchett will see more time on the mound now for White County when the team isn’t counting on him to be a force in the outfield.

“He’s an outstanding outfielder,” Brown said. “That’s basically the reason we pulled him up from JV, so we’re hoping he will play real good defense for us.”

Should the team need it in the last stretch of region games, though, Brown said that the White County coaches aren’t hesitant to put Pritchett in to throw.

“I’m excited about him,” Brown said. “Being a sophomore and stepping in, now he will probably fill some of those games between Spencer Adams and Blake Thomas on this last run through the region.”

The Warriors also didn’t expect the young center fielder to be a force at the plate, but Pritchett has proven himself offensively as well.

“He’s hit the ball real well for a sophomore,” Brown said. “He’s hitting over .300. He’s got some big hits for us.”
Now that Pritchett has made his name on this season’s team, it seems unlikely that he will see a JV uniform anytime soon.

“He’s a great kid,” Brown said. “He’s got a lot of potential.”


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