OZARK, AL -- The Wallace Baseball Team is on a serious roll at the ACCC State Baseball Tournament. The Govs won their third straight elimination game, beating Shelton State 9-7 on Tuesday.
With the win, Wallace advanced to face rival L.B. Wallace in another elimination game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Saints beat Wallace-Hanceville 10-6 on Tuesday.
Shelton State jumped out to a 1-0 lead against the Govs, before Wallace rallied to take control. Wallace built and 8-5 lead in the middle innings, then hung on for the 9-7 victory.
The Govs still have plenty of work to do. Wallace will need to win two games on Wednesday and two more on Thursday in order to claim a state championship and a trip to the Junior College World Series.
L.B. Wallace - 10 Wallace-Hanceville - 6
The L.B. Wallace Baseball Team was looking for a spark against Wallace-Hanceville on Tuesday. The Saints caught some early momentum thanks to some Lions miscues and never looked back, rolling to a 10-6 win at the ACCC State Tournament.
L.B. Wallace took advantage of a base running blunder by Hanceville in the top of the first inning, and scored six runs thanks to three Lions errors in the bottom of the first to take command.
The Lions appeared poised to throw an early knockout blow to the Saints, with the first three runners reaching base. Nathan Vincent's hot shot down the third base line got through, scoring Wayne Carroll.
However, both Hanceville runners got caught off of base and both were thrown out. Instead of having two runners on with no outs, the Lions had to settle for just one run in their first at-bat.
The Saints wouldn't have that problem, batting around in the first inning. The Lions committed three errors on the infield, allowing LBW to build a sizable lead.
Ryan Barnes produced and r.b.i. single, Johnny Eaton added a two-run single, and another error allowed two more runs to score. Before the inning was over, the Saints had built a 6-1 lead, and Steve Helms team never looked back, cruising to the 10-6 victory.
L.B. Wallace advances to face Wallace-Dothan in another elimination game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Southern Union and Central Alabama will play Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to Thursday's championship game.