After being swept the previous day by the Enterprise State Boll Weevils, the Wallace Govs returned the favor on Friday afternoon.
Pitching took center stage in both contests and Govs starters Jared Shemper and Daniel Floyd pitched a pair of shutouts, winning 3-0 and 2-0.
Floyd had a no-hitter going through 4 2/3 innings of game two. He ended the game giving up only two hits and striking out five.
“I thought this was one of my best performances of the year,” Floyd said after the game. “I had nine days of rest and I just felt stronger. I was throwing hard and I was able to locate my off-speed stuff.”
Floyd got all the offensive support he needed in the fourth inning. Eric Rodriquez led off the inning with a double to left field. When Enterprise reliever Tye Whatley uncorked a wild pitch, Rodriquez headed to third base. Enterprise catcher Alex Rodriguez attempted to get him out anyway, and his throw was wide of the base, allowing Rodriguez to score.
The Govs’ second run came in the sixth inning. Rodriguez singled, was bunted to second, and came home on an RBI single by Will Lumpkin.
Before Floyd took the mound to throw his pitching gem, Shemper set a high bar. In his complete game, Shemper struck out nine and only gave up three hits.
“It wasn’t all about me,” Shemper said. “We had an overall good performance today. We got some timely hits and the guys played great defense behind me.”
With no score in this game, Will Baker began the fifth inning with a double down the left field line off Enterprise starter Wells Deloney. Then came small ball.
Mitch McLendon put down a bunt that the Boll Weevils were unable to field. With runners on first and third base, Boll Weevil coach Bubba Frichter went out to the mound and brought his entire infield with him. He explained what he thought was about to happen. It didn’t help.
Nick Lewis laid down another perfect bunt. Baker scored from third base and Lewis was safe at first when none of the infielders covered first base in time. After a single to right field by Oraj Anu, Tanner Frabott hit into a double pay. McLendon was able to score from third to give the Govs a 2-0 lead.
Ryan Leno literally stole the Govs’ third run in the sixth inning. Leno singled to right field, stole second, and then attempted to steal third. When the throw from the Enterprise catcher ended up in left field, Leno was able to score.
“Neither team hit the ball well today,” Wallace coach Mackey Sasser said. “We had two really good pitching performances and I had to resort to small ball today. Sometimes you have to do that in order to win ball games.”
“We pitched well enough to win today, but we just couldn’t get the big hit,” Enterprise coach Bubba Frichter said. “This was a typical late-season game. Both teams looked tired after playing back-to-back doubleheaders.”
Although Wallace (39-16, 25-7 ACCC) will play what is virtually a practice game tomorrow in Marianna, the regular season for these two teams is now over. Both will wait to see who they will play next week in the ACCC Baseball Tournament in Ozark. Enterprise (22-26, 15-17) will play on Thursday while Wallace will not begin play until Friday.