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Wallace and Enterprise split doubleheader

3/1/2014

               In some games, it would be called great pitching. But in the Wallace vs. Enterprise games Saturday afternoon, it was more of a lack of hitting—or at least a lack of execution.

                The two teams played a pair of one-run games by identical scores. Wallace won the nightcap 2-1 thanks to a huge error and a walk-off single. Enterprise won the first game 2-1 thanks to a wild pitch         Game two ended in dramatic fashion. With the score tied at one in the bottom of the seventh inning, Wallace first baseman John Hutto was hit by a pitch from Tyler Black. Then the wheels started turning. Hutto was replaced by pinch-runner John Lambright. Black was replaced by Colby Adkinson on the mound.
                Alex Watson was called on to bunt Lambright over. Watson got the bunt down, but Owen Brown was charging hard from third base.  A good throw would have easily gotten Lambright at second. Instead Brown airmailed the throw and it ended up in center field. Lambright easily made it over to third base. Drew Eady was next and he blooped a single to right field. Lambright had to wait and make sure the ball wasn’t caught, but he did manage to score just ahead of the throw. That scored the winning run and ended the game.
                “We continue to struggle offensively,” Wallace coach Mackey Sasser said. “Plus, we don’t do the little things it takes to win. We were fortunate to come away with a sweep.”
                As for Enterprise coach Tim Hulsey, he said “It was two competitive games. We lost that second game in first two innings when we didn’t get runners home from third base.
                Both teams had scored their only other run in the fourth inning. The Boll Weevils scored when Brown doubled down the left field line, and went to third on a wild pitch. Brown scored on a sacrifice fly by T.J. Register.
                In the bottom half of the inning, Jack Bradford singled to left field, and the ball got by the left fielder allowing him to get to second. A ground ball moved him to third base and Bradford scored on a groundout by John Hutto.
                The Govs only managed three hits in the game against three Boll Weevil pitchers. Enterprise had only six hits against three Wallace pitchers.
                Hitting didn’t play a big part in the first game either.  In fact, all three runs that scored in the game came without a hit. In other words, there were no RBIs. The Boll Weevils managed to score their two runs on a Wallace error and a wild pitch. The Govs scored their only run on an Enterprise error. But one more costly error cost Wallace the game.
                Wallace briefly took the lead in the third inning. Jake Brown reached base when the Enterprise right fielder Harrison Collier misplayed the ball into a two-base error. Aaron Green then bunted the ball, but when pitcher Jeremy Melton threw it away, Brown came in to score.
                In the top of the fourth, the Boll Weevils did get two hits. Hunter Aplin singled Owen Brown doubled down the left field line. But the run scored when Brown, playing third base, bobbled the ball.
                The winning run came the very next inning and there was no hit involved. Zach Turvin walked, stole second base, and was bunted to third. Turvin scored on a wild pitch by Wallace starting and losing pitcher Jordan Martin.
                Martin only gave up four hits in the game and struck out two. He pitched a complete game.
                Melton got the win for Enterprise. He went 4 2/3 innings and gave up only two hits while striking out three. #22 got the save.
                Wallace is now 1-1 in conference play and will be on the road Tuesday in Andalusia to play LBW. Enterprise is now 2-2 in the Southern Division and will host Jeff Davis this Tuesday.
 

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