HANCEVILLE, ALA. – Wallace State’s seventh-ranked softball team completed another impressive weekend, winning six of seven games combined at Navarro College and in the San Jacinto College tournament in Houston, Texas.

The Lady Lions opened the Texas road trip with a sweep at Navarro College, winning 7-1 and 5-1.

Wallace State (16-7) followed the sweep with a pair of wins over Blinn College in the San Jacinto tournament, in additions to victories over Iowa Western and San Jacinto College-South. The Lady Lions’ lone tournament loss was a one-run defeat to San Jacinto-South.

Wallace State second baseman Mackenzie Hill continued her strong start to the 2015 season, finishing 12 for 24 with a pair of doubles, five RBIs and six runs scored over the weekend. Hill, who had five multi-hit games in Texas, is hitting .370 with a pair of homers and 15 RBIs through the season’s opening month.

Molli Garcia was 10 for 20 for the Lady Lions with three doubles, a triple, four RBIs, nine runs scored and two stolen bases and freshman outfielder Olivia Royals was 5 for 13 with four runs scored and three stolen bases.

Sophomore Brooke Kinsey finished the weekend with six hits, including a pair of doubles, and two RBIs, and Shelby Brown had five hits, including two doubles, in the Lady Lions’ sweep at Navarro College. Abbie Ellison had six hits and five RBIs over the weekend, including a 3-for-4 performance against Iowa Western.

Sophomore right-hander Amanda Medders earned four wins for the Lady Lions, allowing no earned runs in 24 2/3 innings. She recorded 14 strikeouts and walked seven. Medders (6-1) threw complete games against Navarro College, Iowa Western and Blinn College and picked up a win in relief in the tournament finale against San Jacinto-South, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

Rachel Ragland was the winning pitcher in the second game against Navarro College and in a 6-2 victory over Blinn. Ragland (6-4) lowered her ERA to a team-leading 1.18.

Wallace State, winners of 15 of 17, travels to Faulkner State on Friday for another weekend tournament.

Wallace State baseball improves to 8-2 on the season

Wallace State’s baseball team prevailed against Jefferson (Mo.) Community College and Bishop State at Meridian, Miss., over the weekend.

Wallace State (8-2) had its biggest offensive outburst of the season against Jefferson CC, winning 14-3 behind 13 hits. The Lions scored three runs in the first inning and pair of runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to take a commanding 9-3 lead. Wallace State added five more runs in the sixth.

Sophomore Chris Blakey hit the first homer of the season for the Lions, finishing 2 for 4 with four RBIs against Jefferson CC.

Tanner Gardner went 3 for 4 with a run scored for Wallace State, Billy Reed was 2 for 3 with a double, stolen base and two runs scored and Stephen Dobbs finished with a double, two RBIs and a stolen base. Lane Wallace and Oliver Francis each contributed RBI doubles, Darren Prewett added a run-scoring single, Lance Cleveland was 1 for 2 with a run scored and Brady Bedingfield was 1 for 3 with a pair of runs scored.

Landon Hughes (2-1) was the winning pitcher out of the Wallace State bullpen after throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Wallace State closed the weekend with an 11-1 victory over Bishop State.

Sophomore Drake Tucker was 3 for 3 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored and Turner Vincent was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a run scored against the Wildcats.

Francis and Dobbs finished with two RBIs apiece and Wallace, Gardner, Bedingfield, Prewett, Brandt Holland and Chris Steele each had singles. Blakey, Bedingfield and Jon Sumner had a stolen base apiece.

Freshman Jansen Acton (2-0) was the winning pitcher for Wallace State. He went four scoreless innings, yielding four hits and striking out four.

Wallace State lost the second game of the tournament to Jones County (Miss.) Community College, 7-6.

Wallace State travels to Columbia (Tenn.) State on Wednesday for a doubleheader.

For more information about Wallace State athletics, visit wallacestate.edu.


Russell Moore

Staff Writer

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