After Jewel City pushed across five runs to tie the score at 7, it didn’t take Burbank long in its half of the six to end the game. Prather took a 1-1 pitch and belted the offering over the right-center field fence.
“I just wanted to put it in play and try and help my team,” Prather said. “When I hit it I felt it come off the bat and I knew I hit it hard. …It was the best feeling in the world.”
Burbank enjoyed a 7-2 advantage through five innings, using five pitchers to limit Jewel City.
But Jewel City brought nine players to the plate in the sixth, tallied four hits and took advantage of three errors to account for five runs. Along with singles from Steven Gonzalez, Darrien Green and Fredy Sanchez, the big blow in the inning was delivered by Matthew Moyer, who hit a bases-loaded triple to plate three runs.
Jewel City had the go-ahead run on second base with two outs in the sixth, but was run out of the inning when a base runner got caught up between second and third and was tagged out.
“They believed they could win, and I believed they could win. We just ran ourselves out of a big inning,” Jewel City Coach Phillip Palmer said. “They were able to come back against arguably the best team in the league.
“But I thought they played well, but [Burbank] was just one run better.”
Burbank jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a single by Damien Flores that scored Riley Hooper, who had doubled.
Jewel City got the run back in the second when Flynt Clayton walked and scored on a triple just inside the third-base line by Matthew Bejanian.
Green was two for four with a double and a run scored, Gonzalez was two for three with a walk and Sanchez was two for three with a run scored for Jewel City.
Burbank scored single runs in the second and third innings and Jewel City tallied one in the fourth to trail, 3-2.
The tight game was broken open in the fourth with Burbank scoring four runs, spearheaded by a double from Prather and a three-run home run to center field by Hooper.
Hooper, who also had a double, was two for three with three runs scored and three runs batted in. Prather was two for four with three RBI and two runs scored and Scott Breslin was two for two with a sun scored.