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Govs fall to Abraham Baldwin

2/26/2014

                Wallace baseball coach Mackey Sasser knew his team might have a difficult time Wednesday afternoon against the Abraham Baldwin Stallions. But even he would think it would be this difficult.

                “I threw five position players today,” Sasser said. “I was trying to find out what each one of them could do because we are going to need them in the future. A couple of them handled things okay, but others have a long way to go.”

                While the Govs pretty much surrendered the game in the pitching department for the start of the game, it was really the hitting—or lack thereof—that gave the Govs their biggest problem. As a result, the Stallions had not trouble defeating the Govs 9-1.

                There were a couple of reasons Sasser decided to try position players on the mound. The first was injuries.

                “We’ve got seven kids on scholarship that are hurt and can’t play,” he said. “Five of them are pitchers.”

                The second reason is, the Govs didn’t want to burn their top pitchers. This Saturday, the Govs will begin conference play when they host Enterprise State.

                “Our biggest issue is, we can’t hit,” Sasser said. “With all of our injuries we are going to have to hit the ball and score some runs in order to win.”

                The lack of hitting was evident. In the nine-inning contest, Wallace only managed three hits. On the other hand, Abraham Baldwin had 15 hits.

                The Statllions scored early and they score often. It began with two runs in the second inning, and one each in the fourth and fifth. And if there was any doubt at all, that was put to rest in the top of the sixth inning. That’s when Christian Miller hit a three-run homer over the center field fence in spacious Eagle Stadium. That put the Stallions up 7-0.

                The only run the Govs managed in the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning. That’s when Austin Whitlock reached base on an error. The short stop threw the ball in the dugout, so he was awarded second base. John Hutto moved him to third base with a ground out, and Whitlock scored on a ground out by Drew Eady.

                But there was no rally in site. The Stallions tacked on a run in the seventh and an addition run in the eighth inning.

                “We’re going to have to have some guys step up for us if we want to have a chance,” Sasser said. “If not, it’s going to be a long season.”

                The Govs and Enterprise will play their conference double header at noon Saturday. While it’s the first two conference games for Wallace, the Boll Weevils began conference play on Tuesday. They are now 1-1 following a split with Alabama Southern.

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