By Nathaniel Frazier
Saturday turned out to be a very good day for the Wallace Govs. The Govs got a double-header sweep of conference foe Jeff Davis Warhawks. By doing so, the Govs have assured themselves of a spot in the ACCC Tournament in two weeks.
In game one, the Wallace Govs spotted Jeff Davis and its starting pitcher Garrett Davis a four-run lead. But the Govs responded with eight unanswered runs of their own to win 12-4. The Govs also trailed briefly in game two. It was close for a while, but Wallace managed to pull away for a 6-2 victory.
"I'm proud of the way we bounced back after the way we played them in that in that first game (on Thursday afternoon)," Wallace coach Mackey Sasser said. The most important thing about today is, we have accomplished our number one goal for the season. When we started play back in February, our goal was to make it to the state tournament. Now we've done that. It's just a matter of how far we can go now."
In that first game, three of the Warhawks runs came in the first inning and the other in the second. But when the Govs started scoring, they didn't stop.
Jeff Davis saw its four-run lead disappear completely in the bottom of the fourth when the Govs scored five runs. And the scoring didn't stop there. The Govs scored in every inning after that and went on to win 12-4.
The big blow of the inning was a grand slam by Wallace left fielder John Lambright. It was one of the longest home runs hit by a Gov this year. It hit the center of the scoreboard beyond the left field fence.
"I was just trying to get my job done," Lambright said. "He threw me a high fast ball and I I wasn't trying to do too much, so I was surprised how far it went. "
Prior to the Lambright home run, the Govs got everything started with two outs. John Hutto was hit by a pitch and Jack Bradford reached on an error. Drew Eady knocked in the first run with his single to left field. After Clay Benefield walked to load the bases, Lambright delivered the big blow.
Wallace added four more runs in the fifth inning. Austin Whitlock hit an RBI double to centerfield, Bradford had an RBI ground out to third base, and Benefield reached on an infield single that the second baseman threw away, allowing the Govs to take a 9-4 lead.
The Govs then added single runs in each of the next three innings. Tanner Emmons singled in the sixth and later scored on a wild pitch. Lambright hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh that plated Eady who had doubled. And Whitlock singled in the eighth to score Jake Brown who had doubled.
The Warhawks did add a couple of runs in the top of the ninth, but it was much too little, much too late.
Wes Carter picked up the win for the Govs. Carter threw 140 pitches while tossing eight complete innings. He struck out eight, allowed six hits and walked five.
"I was more comfortable in the eighth inning than I was in the first," Carter said. "I just quit trying to do too much and settled into my routine. "
Jordan Martin took over on the mound in game two. Martin gave up a single in the top of the first before the Gov offense gave him a lead in the bottom half. Hutto's ground out scored Aaron Green who had singled, and Bradford's single to center field scored Whitlock who had doubled.
The Warhawks tied things up in the top of the third. Martin did give up a hit, but the run scored because of an error. However an inning later, the Govs scored four runs and the game was never in doubt after that.
A solid single by catch Tanner Emmons plated Seth Evans who had doubled to lead off the fourth inning. Lambright, who was hit by a pitch, scored when Brown grounded out to first base. And Hutto knocked in the final two runs with single down the left field line.
Martin got the win for the Govs while Ti Inlow pitched the final two innings to earn the save.
Wallace will step out of conference play Tuesday when they travel to Marianna to take on Chipola. The final conference series will be played at home Thursday and Saturday against Faulkner. The Thursday game will be played at 4 p.m. at Eagle Stadium in Ozark.
Pictured is Brandon Davis scoring ahead of tag from Tanner Emmons.