Central eliminates Wallace at ACCC Tourney
Central eliminates Wallace
By Nathaniel Frazier
OZARK—The Wallace Govs are out of the ACCC baseball tournament. After losing to the current number one team in the country on Friday night, the Govs had to face the defending national champs Saturday afternoon.
While the Govs did get a few more hits and had a few more chances, the result was still the same against Central Alabama. After nearly a two-hour rain delay, the Trojans used a pair of runs in the third inning to jump start their offense en route to a 4-1 victory.
Trojan pitcher Shawn Smirnoff didn’t allow a Wallace base runner until the fifth inning. By then, his team already had a three-run lead.
Wallace starting and losing pitcher Jordan Martin hit lead-off batter Kyler Deese to open the top of the third. That was followed by a single to right field from Jalin Lawson. Three batters later, both runners scored on a two-RBI single to center field from Will Davis.
Then in the top of the fifth, Martin gave up a single to Alex Lee. A couple of batters later, Lee scored on an RBI single from Jack Folmar. That put the Trojans up 3-0.
In the bottom half of the fifth inning, the Govs got their first base runner and first hit. John Hutto walked, but was promptly picked off first base. Drew Eady then singled to right field and Tanner Emmons later singled to left. But with two outs, Smirnoff coaxed Alex Watson into a routine ground ball out back to the pitcher.
The Govs got another chance to score the very next inning. Jack Bradford, who singled, and Aaron Green, who doubled, were at second and third base with one out. However Austin Whitlock, hit a ground ball to third base and the throw came home for the second out. Hutto then grounded out to third base to end the inning.
On their third scoring opportunity the very next inning, the Govs finally broke through. Eady led off with a triple to left field and later scored on the only RBI the Govs got in the tournament. It was a single to center field off the bat of Tanner Emmons. That cut the Trojan lead to 3-1.
The Trojans added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning, and in the bottom half the Govs had the tying run at the plate. But once again Smirnoff wiggled out of trouble with a strike out and a ground out to end the game.
“It’s hard to win games when you don’t hit the ball,” Wallace coach Mackey Sasser said. “That’s been our problem much of the year. Unfortunately for us the season is over. But will start to work on next year.”
Smirnoff allowed only eight hits and struck out struck out eight in earning a complete game victory. Martin took the loss for the Govs. He pitched five innings, gave up six hits, and struck out four.
Jeff Davis 5, Calhoun 1
Calhoun became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament with their loss. The Jeff Davis Warhawks scored a single run in the first inning, and added two runs in the second and third innings.
The Warhawks pounded out 13 hits against Calhoun pitching. They were led by Jones Alex Jones who went 3-for-5 with an RBI, and Hunter Myrick who went 2-for-4. Dylan Johnson picked up the win, while Todd Gibson took the loss.