Jeff Davis wins first game of series
For six innings Wednesday afternoon, it was a pitch duel. But in the seventh inning, the offense for the Wallace Govs and the Jeff Davis Warhawks both came to life. However the Govs didn’t score again, while the Warhawks scored in their final two innings. That was the difference in the game as the Warhawks took game one of the three-game series by the score of 9-5.
The two starting pitchers, the Govs’ Sawyer Betts and the Warhawks’ Dylan Johnson battled toe-to-toe. Johnson and the Warhawks held a slim 2-1 lead thanks to a pair of runs they scored in the fourth inning.
In the top of the seventh, it appeared as though the Warhawks would blow the game wide open. Betts ran out of steam and surrendered a two-RBI single to Johnathan Moore followed promptly by a two-run homer from John Mark Cosby. That gave the Warhawks a 6-1 lead and knocked Betts out of the game.
But in the bottom half of the inning, the Govs responded. Jack Bradford singled to center field, John Lambright singled to left, and Troy Smith walked to load the bases. That knocked Johnson out of the game. He was replaced by Scott Robertson who got the first out before giving up three consecutive hits. Jake Brown brought home two with his single right field. Aaron Green followed with another RBI single to right. And a third pitcher, Tyler Henry gave up an RBI single to Austin Whitlock. When the inning came to end, Wallace had scored four runs of its own and trailed only by a single run, 6-5.
Unfortunately for the Govs, that was it for their scoring. But the Warhawks had a few more punches to deliver. First was a solo home run by Alex Jones off Wallace reliever Austin Bizzle. Later, Ti Inlow gave up a bases loaded walk to force in the second Jeff Davis run of the eighth inning. Inlow also gave up an RBI single in the ninth inning to Brandon Davis.
After their outpouring in the seventh, the Govs didn’t get another hit. Their only base runner came thanks to an error.
“We came out flat today,” Wallace coach Mackey Sasser said. “Jeff Davis played a double-header yesterday and then traveled over here, but we looked like the team that was tired. Then when got back in the game, our bullpen couldn’t hold them.”
The Govs fall to 14-11 in the Southern Division, while Jeff Davis is now 16-13. The two teams will complete their three game series Saturday with a double-header beginning at noon on the Wallace campus.