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Govs sweep Thomas University

4/22/2014

             They weren’t conference games, but they were a pair of wins for the Wallace College Govs. On Tuesday afternoon the Govs took a brief hiatus from Southern Division action and swept the Thomas University Night Hawks. The Govs won the first game 5-2 and completed the sweep with a 9-1 victory in game two.

                “The biggest thing is everybody had an opportunity to play today,” Wallace coach Mackey Sasser said. “That’s important for the guys to feel like they are a part of the team, and down the stretch we never know who we are going to need to come through for us.”

                In that first game, a single run in the first inning and three more in the second were all the Govs needed. Just for good measure, the Govs added another run in their final at-bat. The Govs threw four pitchers in the contest—not because they needed to but to make sure everyone was available for conference play on Thursday.

                Jake Brown began the bottom of the first inning when he reached base on an error. Three batters later, he scored on an RBI single by John Hutto.
                The Govs began the bottom of the second inning with the first five hitters reaching base. Troy Smith got things started with a double to center field. John Lambright promptly brought him home on a single to right field. Next, Alex Watson walked and John McNamara singled to load the bases. Brown then hit a grounder to second base which should have resulted in at least one out. But when the ball was misplayed, two runs scored. That put the Govs up 4-0.

                The only one of the four Wallace pitchers to give up runs was Jacob Moye, and it was all his doing. In the third inning, Moye didn’t give up a hit, but he did hit a batter, walked another, and the run scored on a wild pitch.

                A similar thing happened in the fourth inning. Moye walked a batter, then after a bunt and ground out, the run scored on a passed ball. That cut the Wallace lead to 4-2.

                The Govs scored their final run in the bottom of the sixth. Watson singled, and later came around to score on an error.

                Jake Norton was credited with the win for the Govs, while Austin Bizzle got the save. Bizzle struck out four in two innings of work. For the season, Bizzle has struck out 22 batters in 19 innings of work.

                The Govs went with a completely different line-up for game two, all of their runs were scored in only two innings. The first four runs came in the bottom of the third. Clay Benefield hit a two-RBI single to center field, while Drew Eady hit a two-RBI double  to left field.

                The flood gates opened in the bottom of the sixth when the Govs scored their other five runs. Three of those runs scored when Jack Bradford cleared the bases with a three-RBI double that split the gap between left and center field. Another run scored when Cody Wallace was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Eady hit an RBI single.

                The Night Hawks did score a run in the top of the seventh. It came without the benefit of a hit when the Govs committed two errors.

                The Govs are now 23-19 on the season. Wallace will return to conference play Thursday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at noon when they host Jeff Davis. Wallace is currently in third place in the conference while Jeff Davis is in fourth place.

                “This will be a big series for us,” Sasser said. “We really need to play well and put some distance between us and the rest of the field.”

 Nathaniel Frazier is Sports Information Director for Wallace Community College baseball. He can be reached at NFrazier@DothanEagle.com.

               

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