WCCS takes pair from

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 16, 2006

first-year MMI

By James Gilmore

The Selma Times-journal

The bats were ringing for the Wallace Community College Selma Patriots.

They beat the Marion Military Institute JuCo Tigers 10- 0 in five innings and 11-1 also in five innings.

The Patriots have now won three straight games and improved their season record to 3-5.

“We’re playing pretty much with all freshman,” said Patriot coach Lawrence Gullette. “We’ve been working on our hitting since the fall.” Wallace rapped 10 hits in the first game, which all nine batters recorded hits, and 12 hits in the second game.

In game one Wallace sent four runs across the plate in the first inning and pitcher Ricky Carmack did the rest by shutting out MMI for four innings.

Nick Spain started things off for WCCS in the first with a bunt single and a stolen base.

Jared Fuller and Justin Palmer added hits in the inning.

The Patriots put runs on the board in every inning; two in the second, one in the third, and three in the fourth.

The Tigers who are in the first year of their baseball program managed two hits for the game.

“We’re a young program,” said Tigers Coach Brett Simmermacher, “and this team was put together with players that also have military commitments, but we’re making progress.”

Spain led the hitting attack for the Patriots with two hits, two runs scored, and one stolen base.

Garrett Gray scored three times and drove in two runs.

Jared Fuller and Corey Holifield also drove in two runs each.

Laurence Chancey had the lone extra base hit of the game, a double in the second.

In the nightcap, Patriot pitching held the Tigers to one hit.

Brandon Gray recorded six strikeouts in three innings pitched.

MMI took advantage of a Wallace error to get a run across in the first inning.

The Patriots got on the board in the third on three runs and three hits including a triple off the bat of Rusty Quick.

Quick also sent one over the right field wall with a runner on base in the fourth to put the game away.

“The pitch was thrown inside,” said Quick of his homerun. “It felt good.

Quick, Spain, and Romund

Anderson got two hits each.

Quick also drove in three runs for the game.

Corey Holifield, Quick, and Anderson all crossed the plate twice in the game.

Wallace will be back on the field Saturday hosting Southeastern Community College of Iowa.

MMI JuCo will travel to Panama City for game on Sunday when they take on Sinclair Community College.