HANCEVILLE ? Cade Medley has quickly put his stamp on Wallace State?s pitching staff. The East Limestone grad combined with Cody Jones on a seven-inning no-hitter Saturday afternoon, guiding Wallace State to a 2-0 victory and completing a doubleheader sweep over Volunteer State (Tenn.) at James C. Bailey Stadium.
In just his third start in a Lions? uniform, Medley was exceptional, recording 12 strikeouts and walking only one in six innings. Jones danced around a walk in the seventh to pick up the save and seal the no-hit effort.
?I felt good warming up and trusted my stuff. I?m not necessarily a strikeout pitcher, but I?ll take them. I felt good working my fastball in and out,? Medley said. ?I?m just working hard, my team is behind me and I trust my coaches. We have a good staff and it takes a load off of our shoulders, knowing each person is going to do their job.?
Medley (2-0) struck out eight of the first 12 outs recorded and worked around a walk and two errors.
?Cade is capable of throwing like that every time out. He pitched a great game,? said Wallace State coach Randy Putman. ?We got a couple of clutch hits to score some runs for Cade and did some good things to be able to beat a good team twice.?
Wallace State (5-1) scored a pair of runs in the fifth, providing the slim support Medley needed. Chazz Otwell drove in the initial run with an RBI double, and Jud Sherill added an RBI single.
Former Lion and Volunteer State starter Jonathan Sisco was the losing pitcher.
In Saturday?s opener, Wallace State chipped away from an early deficit and claimed a 7-5 triumph. Six players had multiple-hit games, including Sherrill who was 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
Wallace State battled back from early deficits of 3-1 and 4-2 and eventually tied things at 5-5 in the seventh on a Chase Mathis RBI single. The Lions added two more in the eighth to take the lead. Dustin Hood and Otwell led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Conner McCain walked to load the bases. Sherill put down a suicide bunt single to score the go-ahead run and Brad Clay followed with a sacrifice fly for the two-run advantage.
Drew Bryson (2-0) picked up the win in relief after escaping jams in the seventh and ninth. He inherited a one-out, bases-loaded mess in the seventh, but survived and worked around a leadoff single and walk in the ninth to preserve the win. Bryson went 2 2/3 innings and allowed only one hit, striking out three.
?I was just as proud of the way Drew Bryson pitched in the first game as I was about Cade?s performance in the second game. Braten Dill also pitched well,? Putman said. ?The first game was a big, big win because their starter can really throw. We hung in there and fought through it for the win.?
Dill relieved Wallace State starter Mike Tandy and went 3 1/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits.
For Wallace State offensively, Clay had a double, triple and three RBIs, Otwell had a pair of hits, including a triple and scored two runs, Mathis had two hits and an RBI, Hood was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored and Conner McCain had two hits and a run scored.
Taylor Foster led Volunteer State, finishing 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Taylor McGilvray had three singles and Matt Foster was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Jessie Snodgrass was the losing pitcher in relief for the Pioneers.
The teams complete the three-game set Sunday at 1 p.m.
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