CACC sweeps PatriotsPublished 10:11am Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Central Alabama Trojans continued their winning ways on the diamond, sweeping Wallace State-Selma in double-header action.
CACC downed the Patriots 6-2 in game one and handed WSCC-Selma the short end of a pitcher’s duel in game two, prevailing 2-0.
Recaps regarding those games are below:
CACC 6, WSCC-Selma 2 (game one)
Southpaw Hunter Skipper led the Trojans to victory from the mound, as he went six-plus innings in the 6-2 Central Alabama win.
“He came on and pitched really well for us,” CACC coach Wynn Fletcher said. “He got us to the seventh inning, where we turned to Gabe (Dees).”
However, Dees’ struggled a bit with his command as he allowed some Patriots batters to reach on walks.
From there, CACC went to Matt Norton, who proceeded to close the deal for the Trojans.
Ultimately, Fletcher said the pitching and defense was key to the win.
“We threw a lot of strikes, and we made a lot of great plays in the infield,” he said. “With the wind blowing how it was, a lot of the balls put in play were down and in the infield. It pretty much came down to who was going to make those plays, and we did.”
CACC 2, WSCC-Selma 0 (game two)
The top arm in the Trojans’ rotation was welcomed back to the rotation with a tough task: matching up against WSCC-Selma’s hard-throwing right-hander Kevin Simmons.
John Michael Knighton was more than up to the task, silencing the Patriots’ bats.
“We had John Michael up against arguably the best arm in the league,” Fletcher said. “(Simmons) throws between 90-94 miles per hour out there. But (John Michael) hung in there and matched the guy pitch for pitch and actually out-performed him.”
With Knighton dealing from the mound, the Trojans were able to get two runs off of Simmons and the Patriots.
“They were tough to get,” Fletcher said. “But we scratched those two runs out. We had guys at the bottom of the lineup really step up for us.”
While the pitching and defense continues to play well, Fletcher said that going forward he wants to see the offense match the other aspects of the team’s play.
He added that the bats are starting to show positive signs.
“Our defense has played well all year, and our pitching has been consistent, which is all you can really ask for,” he said. “If you pitch consistently enough, the defense can bail you out with some plays. We’re doing OK on offense, but not as well as we’re used to. We’re not showing the offensive explosiveness that we had last year. We weren’t manufacturing runs early on, but we’re starting to move the ball around the field.”