Pondick keeps it simple for finals start
Thu. May 17, 2012 at 9:57 p.m. | By Nick Johnston Sports Writer
Alex Pondick likely will start today’s game for Southside against Spanish Fort in the Class 5A state finals series in Montgomery. (Photo by Dave Hyatt | Gadsden Times | File)
SOUTHSIDE — Southside pitcher Alex Pondick is taking a very business-like approach to the Class 5A state championship series.
“I’m going to go in there and do my job,” the junior right-hander said. “I know what my job is and I know that my defense will be there behind me, so if I execute, I know they’ll execute.
“And hopefully, we’ll come out on top.”
Pondick and the Panthers open a best-of-three championship series against Spanish Fort today at Paterson Field in Montgomery.
First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m., and that first pitch will be thrown by Pondick.
“It’s exciting knowing what kind of atmosphere I’ll be in and what the situation is,” he said. “But for me, I go into it as a regular game.”
Pondick is 8-2 on the season with a 2.68 ERA. He is 4-0 in the postseason, including a win against No. 6 Hartselle in the semifinals last week. His finest performance of the playoffs may have been in game one of the Panthers’ quarterfinal series against Pinson Valley when he went 10 innings for the win.
He and the Panthers (27-15) are brimming with confidence, and getting off to a good start in today’s opener against the third-ranked Toros (35-8) is of huge importance.
“Coming in against a team like that, you have to set the tone,” Pondick said. “You have to dictate how everything goes, and with them, it’s not going to be easy by any means. Everything I’ve heard, they’re tough and they’re going to do whatever it takes to win, so all we can do is the same and see how it goes.”