HANCEVILLE ? Wallace State pitchers combined on two gems Saturday, propelling the Lions to wins of 3-1 and 4-0 in a doubleheader sweep over Bevill State-Fayette at James C. Bailey Stadium.
In the nightcap, freshman Jake Smith (2-1) delivered the most dominant outing for the Lions and secured the team?s second conference series win in as many weeks. Smith pitched five one-hit innings against the Bears, struck out 10 and walked five before giving way to Cullman?s Drew Bryson for the final two frames in a seven-inning affair.
Despite earning a no-decision, East Limestone?s Cade Medley was as equally dominant in Saturday?s opener, pitching seven solid innings and allowing one run on five hits, while striking out eight.
Cullman?s Chase Mathis picked up his first win after pitching two scoreless innings in relief.
In the opener, Wallace State (19-16, 8-7 Alabama Community College Conference) rallied for three runs in the eighth inning. Jud Sherill and Chazz Otwell had consecutive RBI singles in the frame and two batters later Ricky Ray Clayton supplied an RBI single in his first at-bat of the season.
Sherrill finished with a pair of hits including his clutch run-scoring single, Braten Dill was 2-for-5 with a stolen base, Mathis had a hit and scored a run and Conner McCain finished 1-for-3 with a run and four stolen bases.
Cole Russ finished 2-for-4 for Bevill State (11-26, 2-13).
In the second game, Wallace State handed Smith a two-run lead in the first inning. Sherrill drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly and Mathis added an RBI single.
The Lions added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Mathis finished 3-for-3 with an RBI for Wallace State, Dill was 1-for-3 with two runs scored, Clayton added a single and a run scored and Jesse Carroll and Tyrone Smith each contributed RBIs.
After four steals in the opener, McCain collected his team-leading 20th stolen base in the second game.
For Bevill State, Chris Hannig and Jordan Simmons each accounted for the two lone hits.
Wallace State is back in action on Tuesday as it hosts Cleveland State (Tenn.) in a non-conference game beginning at 3 p.m.
The Lions resume league play next weekend at Calhoun.
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