CACC drops two vs. PatriotsPublished 10:41am Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Central Alabama Trojans dropped two of their final three home games to Wallace State-Selma, but ended their regular season on a high note.
Despite having their offense bottled up for the first two matchups versus the Patriots, the Trojans were able to break through, riding a big inning to a regular-season ending win.
Now, CACC turns its attention to the Alabama Community College Conference tournament, where the Trojans will try to clinch a berth in the NJCAA World Series in hopes of defending its national championship.
Reports from the three-game series between CACC and Wallace-Selma are as follows.
CACC 1, Wallace-Selma 2 (May 1)
A pitcher’s duel wasn’t kind to the Trojans, as the Patriots’ Kevin Simmons out-gunned CACC ace John Michael Knighton to claim a victory for Wallace State.
Simmons and Knighton each went the distance on the mound for their respective teams, but the Patriots were able to keep a better handle on the Trojans than CACC could do with their adversaries.
Simmons struck out 13 hitters, allowing only two hits and a run.
Knighton fanned 15 Patriot batters, allowing six hits and two runs, none of which were earned.
Miscues doomed the Trojans, as they committed four errors on the day.
Wallace-Selma scored in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead, and CACC was unable to answer until the seventh inning, when Chase Domino crossed home plate to knot things up.
Wallace-Selma reclaimed the lead in the eighth, and Simmons shut down the Trojans in the ninth to end it.
Will Davis and Jess Smith each had one hit for CACC.
CACC 2, Wallace-Selma 5
(May 3; 10 innings)
Much like game one of the series, offense was tough to come by for both teams in game two. Both squads traded scoreless innings until the Trojans drew first blood, scoring a run to take the early advantage.
The Patriots responded in the top of the eighth, putting up two runs. This time, the Trojans were able to answer in the later stages, scoring a game-tying run in the bottom half of the frame.
Wallace-Selma put it away in the top of the 10th, tacking on three runs.
Ryan Raspino went 5-for-5 at the plate with a RBI and a run scored. Alex Lee was 2-for-5 with a run scored, and Domino was 1-for-3 with a RBI.
Wilson Adams got a no-decision, pitching 7.1 innings and allowing two runs on five hits.
Matt Norton took the loss in relief, allowing three runs on four hits over the course of 1.2 innings pitched.
CACC 8, Wallace-Selma 3
(May 3; 7 innings)
A six-run explosion in the second inning powered the Trojans to an 8-3 win over the Patriots in CACC’s final regular season contest.
The Trojans had fallen behind 2-0 entering the frame before they got their bats going.
The Trojans went on to add another run in each of the fourth and fifth innings to maintain the advantage.
Wallace-Selma scored in the fourth inning but were rendered largely ineffective in the abbreviated contest.
Shaun Smirnoff was shaky on the mound, giving up eight hits and three runs in 3.2 innings pitched.
Gabe Dees picked up the victory thanks to pitching 2.1 innings of shutout ball.
Ethan Hunt closed it out for CACC.
At the plate, Lee led the way with a three-run double. Davis was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Rod Owens and Jalin Lawson each scored two runs. Raspino, Lawson and Zach Mayhew accounted for one RBI apiece.
CACC returns to action in the ACCC tournament versus Snead State on May 9.