Wallace Community College’s Todd Burkett beats the throw from the pitcher to first base as Alabama Southern’s Cliff Covington waits for the ball in the first inning of Wallace’’s game against the Eagles Saturday. -- Chris Wasson

Wallace’s home woes continue

Published 12:46am Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wallace Community College continued their struggles on home turf Saturday as they fell to Alabama Southern.

The young Patriots team dropped both games of an afternoon doubleheader to the Eagles, 8-3 in the first game and 9-1 in the second.

In the first game, Alabama Southern scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to break open a close game.

All three runs scored by Wallace came in bottom of the third inning on two hits and four Eagle errors.

Alabama Southern’s W.P. Moch struck out 13 batters in eight innings for the Eagles in the win.

“We are still a young team,” Patriots coach Frank Elliot said. “But at this point, we shouldn’t be playing as young as we are. Yes, we are in a difficult league, but we have to play better than we have.”

In the second game, Alabama Southern used two big innings to put away the Patriots.

The Eagles scored four runs in the second inning and three runs in the fourth inning for the easy win.

The Patriots only run came in the second inning off the bat of Morgan Academy alum Forrest Hughes, when he grounded out, scoring Don Thompson.

The Patriots were only able to pick up four hits off Eagles’ starter Brett Ivey.

“We are playing a lot of people still and that will help for next year,” Elliot said. “When you try to play that many people, you can struggle.”

Wallace will have another chance to pick up a couple of wins in front of their home crowd Tuesday when they play a doubleheader against Chattahoochee Valley beginning at 3 p.m. at Bloch Park.

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