Throwback Thursday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tim Polk had three hits in game one.

Tim Polk had three hits in game one.

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our “Throwback Thursday” series. This article is from our April 21, 1987 files.


The Lurleen B. Wallace State Junior College Saints did what was needed Saturday by sweeping Enterprise State in a Southern Division doubleheader at Crum Foshee Field on the LBW campus.


The Saints whipped the Boll Weevils 9-1 and 13-9 to move to 6-6 in division play to keep playoff hopes alive.


“I thought we played extremely well,” LBW coach Mark Hogan said. “I think the boys showed some character in the second game after falling behind 4-0. We really hit the ball well in both games.”


The Saints travel to Faulkner today with hopes of keeping the winning streak going.


“We would really be in a good position if we can go to Faulkner and win a pair,” Hogan added. “It’s an eight game season now and every game is important. The games with Faulkner are the biggest ones of the year and the ones Saturday will be even bigger.”



Enterprise 1


LBW’s Marcus Holland kept Enterprise in check and Tim Polk delivered three hits as the Saints bumped ESJC 9-1 in the opening game of a doubleheader.


Holland worked the complete game and allowed only three hits while walking three and striking out three.


“I think Marcus pitched a good game for us,” Hogan said. “It seemed like he was struggling the whole game, but he did the job for us.”


LBW struck first in the opening inning with Michael Jackson and Brian Riley crossing the plate. Jackson walked and the Riley singled before scoring.


In the second, LBW got runs with Robert Hawkins and Jackson crossing. Riley delivered a triple in the inning to drive in both runners.


Enterprise picked up its only run in the top of the third, but the Saints went on top 5-1 in the third with Polk crossing after picking up the second of his three hits for the game.


Riley and Davis Nelson scored for the Saints in the fourth and then duplicated that feat in the sixth to make the final 9-1.


Riley and Nelson each had two hits for the LBW squad with Polk leading the way with three hits. Morris Davis had two hits for the Saints with Larry Grant and Jackson getting one hit each.


LBW 13

Enterprise 9


The Saints shook off the jinx of splitting doubleheaders by coming from behind to whip ESJC 13-9 Saturday.


The Saints responded with eight runs in the second inning after Enterprise had taken an early 4-0 edge.


“I was real proud of the way our guys came back and answered the early Enterprise lead,” Hogan said. “We are going the same pitcher that beat us 1-0 early this year, so it was a good confidence builder to come back like we did.”


Mike James came on in relief of Carl Lurk to work 5 2/3 innings to gain the win.


Lurk struggled through the first inning with three Enterprise runs crossing the plate to make it 3-0.


The Boll Weevils scored another run in the second before James came on to shut them down.


LBW overcame the ESJC 4-0 lead with eight runs crossing the plate while racking up seven hits.


Nelson, Polk and Ates led off with the inning with singles before Davis walked and the Grant delivered another single to drive in a couple of runs. Hawkins, Jackson and Ates again singled before the inning was over to make it 8-4.


Enterprise scored twice in the third to make it 8-6, but the Saints answered with four runs in the fifth an another in the sixth to give them a 13-6 edge.


The Boll Weevils managed to get three more runs in the sixth to close the gap at 13-9, but could pull no closer.


James allowed only five hits, but walked six batters while striking out eight batters.


The Saints are now 18-16 overall and are 6-6 in division play. Dothan leads the division with a 10-1-1 mark with Jeff Davis at 6-6 tied with LBW. Faulkner is currently 5-7 and Enterprise at 4-7-1. Patrick Henry is 4-8.


The top two teams from the division advance to the state tournament in Montgomery.