SAINTS COME MARCHING IN: LBWCC advances to conference championship
The LBWCC Saints’ baseball team earned a spot in the Alabama Community College Conference tournament championship after a pair of big wins on Tuesday at Historic Eagle Field in Ozark.
In the quarterfinals, LBWCC rallied late to down Wallace-Dothan 15-7.
Wallace-Dothan left hander Brandon Kaminer got the start on the mound and made short work of the Saints in the top of the first inning.
In the bottom of the first inning, Wallace-Dothan’s Justin Farmer got things going with a single to help his team go up 4-0.
Farmer opened up the bottom of the second inning with a towering home run over the wall in left field.
After a walk to the next batter, Brandon Moye took over on the hill for the Saints.
Moye worked around another walk as he got three fly outs to end the inning.
After two innings of play, the Govs held a 5-1 lead.
Jonathan Palmer opened up the top of the third inning with a hard-hit ground ball to shortstop.
The Govs’ shortstop was able to make a play on the ball, but couldn’t throw out Palmer at first base.
Saints’ shortstop Jesse Hall then hammered a ball off of the wall in center field.
Palmer had to wait to make sure the ball landed safely and only made it to second base on the play.
Kaminer then got the next three batters to fly out to end the frame.
In the bottom of the third inning, Moye struck out the first two batters he faced in the frame.
Moye then got the next batter to ground out to Hall for the final out.
Kaminer remained strong on the mound as he sat the Saints down in order in the top of the fourth inning.
Farmer came up to bat for the third time to start the bottom of the fourth inning and hammered another ball over the wall in left field for a solo home run.
In three trips to the plate, Farmer had two home runs, a single and three runs scored.
In the top of the sixth inning, Trevor Shelton opened the frame with a single.
Whitaker followed with an infield single and then Parker Griffin singled to score Shelton.
Devin Giles loaded the bases when he drew a walk.
Reid Whitaker scored on a passed ball before Jarius Colley drew a walk to load the bases.
Palmer followed with a bases loaded walk to make the score 6-4.
Hall came through with a fielder’s choice that scored a run and then the Saints tied the game on a double from Bryson Gandy.
Shelton then put the Saints on top with a two-run single.
The Saints were on top 8-6 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
In the top of the seventh inning, Colley reached with a one-out single and then a two-out single from Palmer kept things going.
Hall followed with a scorcher to the gap that cleared the bases. Hall hustled into third with a triple and then scored off of an error to give the Saints an 11-6 lead.
Gandy followed with a single and scored off of an error to give LBWCC a 12-6 lead.
Whitaker kept the inning going with an RBI single to make the score 13-6.
In the top of the eighth inning, Trey Simmons drove in Giles and Colley with a single to put the Saints up 15-7.
Cody Herring wrapped up the game on the mound for the Saints to help them to victory.
With the win, the Saints move into the semifinal game against Lawson State.
In the semifinal, the Saints scored early and often to knock out Lawson State for a spot in the conference championship.
LBWCC will take on Chattahoochee Valley today at 1 p.m., in the championship game in Ozark.
If the Saints win, they will play a second game at 4 p.m.
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