Concordia College Alabama’s Darryl Watkins, left, catches Wallace’s Jerrod White trying to steal second base during Thursday’s game at Bloch Park. -- Robert Hudson
Concordia College Alabama’s Darryl Watkins, left, catches Wallace’s Jerrod White trying to steal second base during Thursday’s game at Bloch Park. -- Robert Hudson

Wallace-Selma shuts out Concordia Alabama at Bloch Park

Published 10:22pm Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Wallace Community College-Selma Patriots shut out the Concordia College Alabama Hornets 10-0 on Thursday at Bloch Park.

Frank Elliott, head baseball coach of Wallace Community College-Selma (9-12), said the Patriots did a good job of pitching, hitting and fielding in Thursday’s win.

“[Jason] Price pitched really well. I think he gave up two hits … gosh, it was the fifth inning or so when he gave up his first hit. Pitching on his part was really good,” Elliott said. “I don’t remember an error on our part. It might have been one over there at first or something, but we played pretty good defense. We were able to hit when we needed to hit, linked some stuff together. The big bats came alive early for us and went ahead and put two runs on the board real quick. Quavian Lawson has swung the bat really well all year. I think he’s hitting over .400 right now.”

While the Patriots jumped out to a 3-0 lead early, they broke the game open in the top of the fourth inning, in which they scored five runs.

Joab Watkins scored from third after the Hornets tried to catch the Patriots stealing at second, making the score 4-0.

Wallace added another run, as Josh Gunter scored from third on a hit to shallow center field by Michael Schofield that pushed the Patriots’ lead to 5-0 in the top of the fourth.

Wallace extended its lead to 8-0 to end their half of the fourth inning, as Schofield and Brent McFarland both scored on a hit to deep center field by Lawson, and Lawson later scored from third after a walk with bases loaded by the Hornets.

Wallace added two more runs, with Trent Jones scoring from third on a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth, and Schofield scoring from third on a passed ball in the top of the seventh.

Concordia twice had runners on third in the later innings, but couldn’t bring them home.

Curtis Wimberly, head baseball coach of Concordia, said the Hornets are continuing to show improvement in this the first season back for the baseball program.

“Pitching wise, we’re struggling on the mound right now. Defensively, we’re solid, our bats have just got to come around,” Wimberly said. “We’re young — I’ve got 18 freshmen and two sophomores — and then with the first year of the program coming back, so it’s a building process. I expected to take some lumps. I’m proud of them with the way they’ve played defensively, but we’ve got to get better at the plate and be more selective.”

Wallace will play again on Monday at Bloch Park against Meridian Community College in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.

Concordia will play again on Friday at Selma University starting at 3 p.m.

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