Forrest grad part of American Legion World Champion team

Friday, September 7, 2007
Photo submitted Peyton Pratt, 2006 Forrest grad and member of the World Championship Columbia Post 19 American Legion team.

Staff Writer

Peyton Pratt, Chapel Hill native and 2006 graduate of Forrest High School, was on the winning squad from Columbia American Legion Post 19 that recently won the Legion World Series in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on Aug. 28.

Post 19, 57-11 on the year, became only the second Tennessee team to ever claim the World Series title with their 11-4 championship game victory over Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

 "I was a little bit nervous after the runner-up finish at the state tournament with Forrest in 2006," said Pratt. "I feel like a big weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. 

"This is what we worked for all year; we all knew we could do it. It was like the state tournament, we knew we could do it, it was whether we would or not and this time we went and won it."

Pratt was a four-year letterman at Forrest, played shortstop and was All-District, All-Tournament and the leading hitter on the 2006 squad, batting .498 on a Forrest team that included Vanderbilt freshman standout pitcher Mike Minor.

 Pratt attends Columbia State College where he plays on the baseball team. He is majoring in International Business and Spanish and hopes to transfer to a Division I School after his two years at Columbia. Pratt said that he hoped to attend Lipscomb, Belmont, or The University of Tennessee.