Saints beat Wallace State-Dothan, 2nd in conference

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, April 10, 2012

LBWCC’s P.J. Leto throws from shortstop. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

LBWCC won a best out of three series Saturday over Wallace State-Dothan to claim sole possession of second place in the ACCC’s South Conference.

The Saints beat Wallace 3-1, 5-3 in the doubleheader on the weekend, after falling 5-4 on Friday in the first game.

With this series win, the Saints improve to 22-13 overall, and 12-6 in the conference.

After a “tough” month on the road in March, Saints coach Steve Helms said it was good to play at home again.

“We’re excited about being able to come home and play,” Helms said.

Helms added that the team had “two good pitching performances on Saturday.”

“The offense gave us enough to get it done,” he said. “When you win two out of three (anytime) at home, then you had a good weekend.”

Given that the team is in second place in the conference, Helms quickly said that that’s not the team’s main concern.

“Anything can happen,” he said about the remaining conference games. “We just want to be playing our best ball at the end of the month (April), and at the first of May.”

Additionally, Helms said all of the credit for the team’s success goes back to the players.

LBWCC 3, Wallace State-Dothan 1

Saints’ first baseman and Andalusia native Aaron Haag had two RBIs and went 2-for-5 to help lead LBWCC to the win.

LBWCC scored one run in the first inning and added two runs in the second to take an early 3-0 lead.

Raymond Moody pitched 7.0 innings and allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out four to take the win on the mound.

Opp native Gavin Free got the save and pitched 2.0 innings, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.

Josh Thompson, also of Opp, went 1-for-3 and hit in one run for LBWCC.

Wallace State-Dothan scored its only run in the eighth inning.

The contest went four scoreless innings from LBWCC’s two runs in the second to Wallace State’s one run in the eighth.

LBWCC 5, Wallace State-Dothan 3

Thomas Dorminy pitched a complete game and had six strikeouts to lead the Saints.

Designated hitter Ryan Barnes went 3-for-4 and had one RBI; David Carter and Jawarren Arrington had one RBI each.

The Saints took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, and tacked on two runs in the fourth to run away with the game.

In the fifth inning, LBWCC scored one run and Wallace-State countered with three runs in the sixth to cut the game to one run.

The Saints scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning.