HANCEVILLE, ALA. – Wallace State’s seventh-ranked softball team wrapped up the February portion of its schedule with five more victories over the weekend. The Lady Lions went 5-1 at the Faulkner State tournament in Gulf Shores, improving to 21-8 on the season.
Wallace State, which has won 18 of its last 20 games, notched wins in Gulf Shores against Pensacola (Fla.) State, Gulf Coast (Fla.) State College, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, Baton Rouge (La.) CC and Lamar State (Texas) College-Port Arthur. The Lady Lions’ lone loss of the tournament was to Pearl River (Miss.) Community College, a 3-0 defeat.
Freshman third baseman Katie Parr provided the offensive lift for the Lady Lions all weekend. She finished 9 for 18 with three doubles, two triples and 10 RBIs.
Parr, who is third on the team with 16 RBIs, was 3 for 4 with a double, triple and five RBIs in a 10-5 win over Pensacola State and 2 for 2 with a double, triple and five RBIs in a 10-2 victory over Gulf Coast State College.
Wallace State freshman Olivia Royals finished 8 for 14 with a triple, five runs scored and three stolen bases, while sophomore Mackenzie Hill continued her strong start to the season with six hits, including a double, two RBIs and six runs scored in the two-day tournament.
Wallace State sophomore Brooke Kinsey collected four hits, including a double, and five RBIs. She leads the team with 18 RBIs.
Abbie Ellison cranked a three-run homer in the 7-2 win against Mississippi Gulf Coast and finished with five hits overall for Wallace State. Molli Garcia added three hits and scored four runs.
Wallace State sophomore starting pitchers Amanda Medders and Rachel Ragland didn’t miss a beat on the mound.
Medders (9-1) earned three victories and a save in the Faulkner State tournament, collecting wins against Pensacola State, Gulf Coast State College and Lamar State and a save against Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Medders, the conference leader in wins, went 18 innings and allowed six runs in the tournament. She struck out 12 and walked six.
Ragland (7-5) was the winning pitcher against Mississippi Gulf Coast and she recorded a pair of saves in relief of Medders, closing the victories against Pensacola State and Lamar State. She recorded 22 strikeouts and allowed five runs in 14 innings of work. Ragland has three saves this season.
Freshman Julia Dailey (2-0) was the winning pitcher for Wallace State against Baton Rouge CC, an 11-3 victory in five innings. Dailey went four innings and yielded two runs on five hits, striking out one.
Wallace State is idle until Tuesday, March 3, when the Lady Lions host Columbia State at 2 p.m. for the team’s home opener.
No. 5 Wallace State golf team finishes fourth at Faulkner State Invitational
Wallace State’s fifth-ranked golf team placed fourth in the Faulkner State Invitational, held at Fairhope’s Rock Creek Golf Club over the weekend.
Wallace State, the NJCAA Division I runner-up last season, shot a two-round total of 622. Central Alabama won the tournament with a 601.
Will McDowell was Wallace State’s low medalist. The sophomore from Tennessee carded a 75-73-148 to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Wallace State continues its season on March 1-3 at the Darton College Tournament in Albany, Ga.
Wallace State baseball
Wallace State’s baseball team had its games postponed over the weekend at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss.
The Lions are scheduled to host Columbia (Tenn.) State at 3 p.m. Tuesday at James C. Bailey Stadium. The teams will play a doubleheader.
Wallace State (8-2) hasn’t played since Feb. 15 because of recent inclement weather.
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