OZARK—The biggest problem for the Wallace Govs in their opening game of the ACCC Tournament was Chattahoochee Valley starting pitcher Dalton Rentz. The right hander held the Govs to only one hit.
At the same time, the Pirates touched Wallace starting pitcher Wes Carter for a run in the bottom of the first and steadily added on. In the end, the nation’s number one team beat the Govs 8-0.
The loss dropped the Govs to the loser’s bracket. The Govs will play Central at 12:30 against Central. The Pirates don’t have to play again until Sunday.
The Pirates got a sacrifice fly from Trevor Kiebroom to score Jeff Ronpirin in the first. Cam Sperry and Grayson Ivey both hit RBI singles in the third to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
The best chance the Govs had to score came in the top of the fourth inning when they loaded the bases. Austin Whitlock reached on an error, while Drew Eady and John Lambright both got walks. But Rentz collected himself and got an infield pop-up and strike out to end the inning.
“That was the inning that really broke our backs,” Wallace coach Mackey Sasser said. “(Rentz) pitched a great game, but that was our one chance get to him. You can’t let a good pitcher off the hook when you get a chance to score. From there, he settled in.”
And from there, CVCC just poured it on. The Pirates added single runs in the fifth and sixth inning, two runs in the seventh, and one more in the eighth.
Rentz threw a complete game, giving up just an infield single to Austin Whitlock. Along the way, he struck out nine.
Carter took the loss for Govs. Combined with Austin Bizzle, the two gave up 14 hits to the Pirates.
Southern Union 9, Calhoun 1
It didn’t take long for Southern Union and Calhoun to find out the rules of ACCC Tournament play. That rule is the game is over if a team trails by 10 runs after five innings or eight runs after seven innings. So with Calhoun trailing by eight runs after the top of the seventh inning, ACCC commissioner Dean Myrick abruptly ran on the field to consult with the umpires and stop the game.
Southern Union scored two runs in the bottom of the second, a single run in the bottom of the fourth, and four runs in the bottom of the fifth. What turned out to be the game winner were the two runs they scored in the bottom of the sixth.
That’s when Joey Denison hit a two-run home run over the wall in left field. Denison was 3-for-4 in the game with a home run, two doubles, and four RBIs.
Calhoun only managed a single run in the top of the seventh.
The winning pitcher was Matt Kelley who tossed a complete game, giving up only six hits. The losing pitcher was J. Nelson.
Shelton State 3, Jeff Davis 1
The Shelton State Bucs scored single runs in three different innings and that was all they needed to topple the Warhawks.
In the bottom of the second, the Bucs got consecutive singles from Brier Daniel, Kevin Usselman and then an RBI single from Josh Lovelady to take the lead. Then in the fourth inning Brier Daniel lead off with a single and later scored on an sacrifice fly to deep center field off the bat of Usselman. In the fifth inning, Cody Rush singled and after being moved around to third base, scored when Jeff Davis pitcher Garrett Davis of Skipperville was called for a balk.
The only run the Warhawks could muster came in the top of the sixth. Hunter Myrick singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Logan Hill.
Dilon Williams pitched a complete game for Shelton and picked up the win. He gave up five hits and struck out seven. Davis took the loss for Jeff Davis. He surrendered all three runs while striking out six.
Snead State 4, Central 1
The Snead State Parson used a big fifth inning to overtake the Central Alabama Trojans. The game was tied 1-1 until the Parsons broke things open with three runs in that inning. It was a combination of walks, hits and errors.
Snead committed three errors in the inning. Snead did get RBI singles from Brett Burgess, Dylan Calhoun, and Tyler Mauzy to score the three runs. But it was the three errors and a wild pitch that exted the inning. Otherwise losing pitcher John Michael Knighton might have gotten out the inning giving up no more than one run.
Central did take the early lead in the top of the third inning. Ryan Smith reached base on the only error committed by Snead. He later scored on a successful squeeze play executed by Kyler Deese.
Snead tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Calhoun singled to center field and later scored on an infield ground out.
The four games Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. with Calhoun playing Jeff Davis. Central will take on Wallace-Dothan at 12:30, Southern Union will play Faulkner State at 4 p.m., and Snead will play Alabama Southern at 7:30.