HANCEVILLE, ALA. – Wallace State’s sixth-ranked softball team clinched its 10th consecutive Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) North Division title on Sunday, sweeping Marion Military Institute at Bobby McCracken Stadium.
The Lady Lions (52-11, 23-1 ACCC) secured the division crown in convincing fashion, winning 11-0 and 8-0 in a pair of five-inning games against the Lady Tigers.
As the North Division’s top seed, Wallace State will receive a first-round bye in the ACCC/Region 22 tournament in Alabaster on April 24-26. The Lady Lions, who are less than two years removed from their second NJCAA Division I national title, will seek the program’s ninth conference championship.
Wallace State also swept a twinbill against Shelton State on the road Saturday, winning 6-2 and 7-1.
“We had a great weekend. The team is buying again into what we are telling them and gaining more and more confidence each game. The loss to Calhoun last week may have helped us. We needed that. I hope we haven’t piqued yet. We need to get better and better,” said Wallace State coach Jayne Clem, whose team has won seven in a row and 35 of 38 games. “Our pitching has been phenomenal all season and we’ve played great defense. Our hitters are starting to see the ball well and hit it hard.”
Wallace State cruised by Marion Military Institute on Sunday, in a doubleheader pushed up on the calendar because of potential inclement weather this week.
The Lady Lions pounded out 13 hits in the opener, including five extra-base hits.
Rachel Ragland finished a perfect 3 for 3 with a homer, triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. It was Ragland’s fourth home run of the season.
Mackenzie Hill was 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored, Sarah Jordan finished 2 for 3 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored, Sam Riley was 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored and Megan Quimby added a pair of singles and an RBI.
Katie Parr contributed a triple and scored a run, while Andrea McKenzie added an RBI single.
Parr, Riley and Molli Garcia each had a stolen base.
Amanda Medders and Parr combined for the five-inning shutout. Medders went the first three innings, allowing two hits, and Parr tossed the final two innings, striking out three and allowing two hits. Medders moved to a conference-best 25-3.
Five Wallace State players had multi-hit performances in the second game.
McKenzie and Parr were both 3 for 3. McKenzie had a double, an RBI and two runs scored, while Parr had an RBI and scored a run.
Sam Riley finished 2 for 3 with a homer and three RBIs, Hill was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs, Jordan finished 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored and Ragland was 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Katlyn Whitehead and Leisha Yamauchi each added singles for Wallace State, while Jennifer Gonzalez collected an RBI.
Ragland recorded eight strikeouts over four scoreless innings on the mound, yielding only two hits, to move to 21-6 on the season. She lowered her ERA to 1.19, the second-best mark in the conference.
Shelby Brown pitched the final inning for the Lady Lions.
Wallace State travels to Central Alabama Community College on Thursday for a doubleheader.
Wallace State’s baseball swept by Southern Union
Wallace State freshman outfielder Jon Sumner had five hits, including a triple, and a pair of RBIs in the Lions’ four-game series against Southern Union.
The Bison prevailed in all four games, winning 11-4 and 2-1 in Wadley on Thursday before picking up victories of 6-1 and 9-2 at James C. Bailey Stadium on Saturday.
Wallace State catcher Stephen Dobbs had four hits, including a double, and an RBI in the series and third baseman Lane Wallace had three hits and an RBI.
Brady Bedingfield was 2 for 3 with an RBI in the 11-4 loss, while Ryan Goodman had a pair of hits, including a triple, and an RBI.
Wallace State (19-15, 7-9 ACCC) continues conference action on Thursday as it travels to Marion Military Institute for a doubleheader.
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