Shortly after the Wallace Govs defeated the Faulkner University Eagles Monday afternoon, Coach Mackey Sasser had his team on the field practicing. Yes, the Govs defeated the Eagles 2-1, but Sasser wasn't at all happy with what he saw.
"Sometimes you play games where you have to gut it out," Sasser said. "Then there are other games where you pad your batting average. All we did today was just go through the motions. We had no life. No matter what the situation, you still have to play hard."
"We did accomplish one thing. We got to play a lot of people. We had a lot of different guys that go some at-bats, and we were able to pitch a lot of people. But no matter the situation, the guys have got to take the game serious."
Five different guys saw action on the mound for the Govs, including Geneva County's Patrick Fondren who got the win. Those five pitchers combined to give up only four hits. Another 13 players got the opportunity to bat. They only managed seven hits off the Faulkner staff.
Both of the Govs' runs came as the result of Faulkner errors. Drew Eady led off the second inning when he reached base on an error on the pitcher. Three batters later, Trent Roberts brought him home with a single to right field. Roberts was the only Gov with more than one hit. He went two-for-four with an RBI. His first hit put the Govs up 1-0.
The Govs only other run came in the bottom of the fifth inning, and it came without the benefit of a hit. Jake Brown reach base when the ball was misplayed the second baseball. Brown promptly stole second base. A few batters later, Brown was in the process of stealing third base, when catcher threw the ball into left field. Brown was then able to trot home with the Govs' second run.
The Eagles also scored their only run without the benefit of a hit. That came in the sixth inning when Wallace pitcher Troy Smith had trouble throwing strikes. He walked Preston Anderson and Parker Farley, the first two batters he faced. Both runners were bunted to second and third base. Anderson scored on a routine ground out to first base from Jacob Hendrix.
"One good thing we did is we didn't make any errors," Sasser said. "We have been playing good ball defensively. We've still got to work on our bats."
The Govs will play Darton College Tuesday afternoon in a make-up game from last week. The game will be played at 1:30 at the Rehobeth High School baseball field.