It all got away from the Wallace Govs in the fifth inning. That's when the flood gates opened and the Darton Cavaliers scored six runs. What had been a close game turned out to be a rout. Those six runs combined with five others lead to an 11-1 win for the Cavaliers. The scheduled nine-inning contest ended in the seventh inning because of the 10-run rule.
It wasn't that the Govs lost that had Wallace coach Mackey Sasser upset. It was the way the team lost.
"We had excuse after excuse after excuse," Sasser said. "There was a pop-up on the infield that Darton didn't catch. But we didn't run the ball out. We didn't hustle throughout the game. We just played so nonchalant. "
Wallace starting pitcher Wes Carter only gave up one run in his three innings of work, but he took the loss. It was his replacement, Jacob Moye of Dothan that ran into trouble.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Moye gave up seven hits in the top of the fifth. Four of those hits resulted in RBIs. The other runs were scored on an error and sacrifice fly. That gave the Cavaliers a 7-0 lead.
If that wasn't bad enough, it got even worse the next inning. Ti Inlow replaced Moye in the seventh. He gave up a three run home run to Brandon Sharpe, putting the Cavaliers up 10-0.
The Govs briefly bought themselves some time in the bottom of the sixth. That's when they scored their only run of the game. Drew Eady doubled to left field and later scored when the Darton first baseman let the ball roll between his legs and into left field.
But an RBI single by Rilani Familia in top of the seven pushed the lead back to 10. When the Govs couldn't score in their half, the game was over.
The Cavaliers got 15 hits off three different Wallace pitchers. The Govs, on the other hand, managed only five hits and committed two errors.
"It's not that we lost the game," Sasser said. "It's how we lost. The guys just aren't listening to what we are telling them. We told them over and over that this team likes to bunt, but they didn't listen. We have a lead-off hitter that saw only two pitches in his first two at-bats. We made an unnecessary throw to try and pick a runner off first base when we had no chance of getting him. We didn't play smart, and a lot of these guys just don't seem to have baseball instincts. But if they would just listen to what we are trying to teach them and apply in the game, they would be much better players.
The Govs will be on the road this weekend when they in a tournament at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City.