It was not a perfect week for the Wetumpka baseball team but Seth Johnson was at the center of all the things that went right for the Indians. Johnson got his week started on the mound with a win in the team’s area opener against Selma but his best performances of the week likely came at the plate.
Johnson, a junior in his first year at Wetumpka, splits time between the pitching mound and the team’s starting right fielder. Throughout the week, Johnson showed off his skills in all facets of the game to earn this week’s Elmore County Player of the Week honors.
“He’s been a great player and a big addition for us,” Wetumpka coach Michael Dismukes said.
“He puts some sting in the middle of our lineup. He’s a game changer. He’s played well and has no doubt made us a better team.”
In the first game against Selma, Johnson struck quickly by fanning two batters in the first inning. He came up to the plate in the bottom of the first with two runners on and he delivered with a two-run triple which ignited a rally to give Wetumpka a 5-0 lead in the first.
“It can be intimidating for other teams when we’re playing like that,” Johnson said. “We can still improve on defense and we need to hit the ball a little better but we’re tough when we play like that.”
Entering the game, Johnson said he felt he could have a good day on the mound against Selma. He knew the Saints struggled at the plate and the game plan was to get ahead in the count and force hitters to swing the bat early.
Johnson pitched only three innings in the victory but allowed just one hit and finished with seven strikeouts on the mound. He got two hits at the plate, scoring twice and finishing with two RBIs in a 10-0 win.
“He got on the mound and threw strikes,” Dismukes said. “He made quick work. After three innings, I felt like we could save him and get some more players in.”
Wetumpka took that momentum into the second game of the series against Selma on Thursday. Johnson had a double and was one of four Wetumpka players to score three times in a 17-0 win.
“It’s big for us,” Johnson said. “That will help us get some momentum going through these area games. It should really help us moving forward.”
Before area play resumes this week against Stanhope Elmore, Wetumpka played three games over the weekend. Friday night, the Indians traveled to Pelham and took a 14-4 loss but Johnson continued his hot streak at the plate.
With the score at 0-0, Johnson hit a two-run home run to right field to give Wetumpka a short-lived lead. It was his third consecutive game with an extra-base hit, a streak which continued throughout the rest of the week.
Wetumpka returned home Saturday to face Andalusia and Johnson went back to the mound. He pitched into the seventh inning, striking out seven and allowing two earned runs but took the loss in a 5-1 defeat.
During the doubleheader against Andalusia, Johnson reached base four times and had two hits including a solo homer during the first game. He finished the week with six hits, six runs and five RBIs.