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April 3, 2013

ROUNDUP: Lions in thick of conference race following 4-game sweep

HANCEVILLE — Wallace State’s starting pitchers collectively found their groove against Lawson State during a four-game conference sweep, which concluded Monday night. The starting unit surrendered only  two runs in 24 combined innings, and all four notched victories.

Vinemont-product Izaac Yarbrough (3-1) polished the sweep with a gem Monday, yielding only four hits in six scoreless innings. Robby Clements pitched a perfect seventh inning to complete the 4-0 victory.

Alex Hegner (2-2) tossed a two-hit, seven-inning gem in the second game of the series, striking out five in a 4-0 win over the weekend.

Right-handers Bret Marks (3-2) and Jacob Croft (5-3) were also winning pitchers.

Sophomores Nathan Vincent and Jeremiah Tullidge carried the load offensively for Wallace State (19-12, 11-5 ACCC). Vincent finished the series 8 for 14 with a triple, two doubles and eight RBIs, while Tullidge was 9 for 12 with a pair of  doubles and five runs scored.

Sawyer Williams contributed six hits and five RBIs during the four-game tilt, Brodie Jeffery had five hits, three RBIs and scored four runs, and Zac Hatfield and Haydon Bogard had five hits apiece.

Wallace State was tied with Shelton State atop the ACCC North Division heading into a critical road doubleheader against conference-foe Snead State on Wednesday.

The Lions won the first game 10-0 but dropped the second 7-1.

Jacob Croft struck out six in six innings to earn the win in the opener, while Andrew Dennis was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate with two doubles. Zac Hatfield joined the party with a home run.

Wallace State will return home Saturday for another doubleheader against Snead State. Game 1 is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

Prep Baseball

‰ Vinemont 5 Danville 2:
Duncan Hopper put the Eagles in the driver’s seat for a second straight area series, striking out three and holding the Hawks to two runs in six innings on Tuesday.

Braxton Heaton pitched the final inning to earn the save.

Hopper’s contributions weren’t just limited to the mound. The senior also went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs.

Ty Jones and Sam Wood both had a hit apiece, while Jones also added a pair of runs.

Vinemont, now 14-7, will host Danville today in the rivals’ final area matchup. The Eagles need a victory to keep their postseason aspirations alive with a series still looming against Good Hope.  

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