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Faulkner sweeps Govs in season finale

5/3/2014

                The Wallace Govs closed out the regular season with a big fat thud this weekend. Not only did the Govs drop a double header to the Faulkner Sun Chiefs on Saturday, the Govs also lost all three games of the series.

                In the opening game Saturday, the Govs spotted the Sun Chiefs five runs before they got on the scoreboard. Although the Govs did make it close, they never got over the hump as the Sun Chiefs held on for a 5-4 win.

                In game two, it was as simple as not hitting the baseball. The Govs only managed one hit and fell 4-0.

                In the final games, Wallace baseball coach was preaching much the same thing he said at the beginning of the year.

                “This team hasn’t understood what it takes to be a consistent winner,” Sasser said. “Baseball is a game of adjustments. You have to be able to constantly make adjustments. The pitcher is going to make adjustment to you, so you’ve got to be able to constantly be able to make adjustments to what a team is doing to you.”

                “Each and every day is a challenge,” Sasser continued. “You’re going to make an out seven out of 10 times. But you’ve got to be prepared. There are certain things you have to do to prepare yourself every day. You have to get your rest. And in college, you have to make your grades.”     

                The tone for Saturday’s first game was set early. Just as the Govs did in game one of the series on Thursday, the very first batter of the game reached base when he was hit by a pitch. And as before, the second batter walked and the third batter reached base safely on a bunt to load the bases. That same script continued to play out when both runners scored.  The first run scored when Christian Snow singled to center. The second run scored on a sacrifice fly from Caleb Lopes.

                It was more of the same in the third inning. Two Faulkner batters reached base when they were hit by a pitches. Both runners scored on an RBI single from Marshall Rolin. Rolin later came home to score on a wild pitch. That put the Sun Chiefs up 5-0.

                The Govs didn’t score until the bottom of the sixth. A Drew Eady single to center field plated the first run, while John Lambright’s single to left field knocked in two more.

                The Govs added another run in the bottom of the eighth. Seth Evans doubled to right field and later scored when Lambright reached on error. But the Govs never got any closer.

                Despite pitching a complete game, Wes Carter took the loss for the Govs. Garrett Waters picked up the win for the Sun Chiefs, while David Cromer picked up a save.

                It didn’t matter who pitched for the Govs in game two, because their counterparts on the other side of the field completely shut down the Govs’ offense. Wallace only got one hit in the game. That was a single by Drew Eady in the fifth inning. The Govs only managed two other base runners in the entire game. Jake Brown and Johnny McNamara both managed to draw walks against winning pitcher Ivey Starling.

                Three Wallace pitchers combined to give up a run in the third, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth.

                The Govs finish the regular season with a record of 25-22, 16-13 in conference play. Wallace will play a practice game against Chipola on Monday, and open state tournament play Friday at 7 p.m. against Chattahoochee Valley.

               

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