Govs take pair of games from Enterprise
ENTERPRISE—Wallace Gov pitcher Wes Carter came oh so close to throwing a no-hitter against Enterprise State on Sunday afternoon. Carter didn’t give up a hit to the Boll Weevils until there were two outs in the sixth inning. But even that one hit didn’t amount to anything. Carter’s strong pitching performance help lead the Govs to an easy 8-0 victory in the nightcap of their double header.
While the Govs gave up a few more hits in the first game, the result was the same. Wallace out-slugged Enterprise and came away with a 12-5 victory. The third and final game of the series will be played this afternoon at 2 p.m. in Enterprise.
As for his performance, Carter was so focused he didn’t realize just how well he was pitching.
“I didn’t know I had a no-hitter going until I got back to the dugout after the inning was over,” he said. “That’s when some of the guys told me. I’ve never pitched a no-hitter before so it would have been nice.”
Carter also credits his new found success with just slowing down. “I was looking at the whole thing. I was going pitch-by-pitch and the guys came through with some big hits for me.”
Carter walked the lead-off batter in the game, then struck out seven before giving up the one hit.
The Govs scored single runs in the second and fourth inning, then blew the game open with six runs in the fifth inning. In that sixth inning, the Govs sent 11 batters to the plate and chased losing pitcher Lake Genard from the game.
The Govs put together 14 hits. Jake Brown led the way going 3-for-5 including a double and three RBIs. Austin Whitlock was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Thanks to two walks, a hit-by-pitch and a double, John Hutto reached base four times.. But it was Hutto’s overall work in the two games that made him stand out.
In the first game, Hutto was 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, single, two RBIs, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Brown also had a two-run homer in this game.
The Govs scored early and often in game one. Wallace got a single run in the first, three in the second, and another in the third before the Boll Weevils even got on the board. Enterprise did score two runs in the third, but when Wallace added four in the fourth and three more in the sixth, the game was over.
“You could tell that we hadn’t played in 12 days when the game started,” Wallace coach Mackey Sasser said. “But once we got going we played well. We’ve just got to keep making plays and let our pitchers keep us in the game.”
Nathaniel Frazier is Sports Information Director for Wallace College baseball. He can be reached at NFrazier@DothanEagle.com.