Tough pitching, sound defense and timely hits: Just another day at the office for the Wallace State softball team.

The host Lions continued to look like the favorite in this weekend’s tournament at Heritage Park, winning a pair of games over Motlow State and Walters State Saturday.

Wallace defeated Motlow 5-2 early in the day and followed with an 8-0 shutout of Walters later that afternoon.

Both teams struggled against Wallace’s pitching. Kelsey Dennis held Motlow to only two hits while striking out seven, and Kaylea Brewer hurled a one-hit shutout against Walters — which struck out seven times.

Stephanie Needham had herself a day at the plate. The Lions freshman had a pair of singles and a clutch RBI against Motlow. She added a single and a triple in the nightcap.

In the first game against Motlow, Wallace (24-4) took a two-run lead in the first inning. The Lions added three in the fifth thanks to clutch RBIs from Needham and Caitlyn Bonham.

Against Walters, Wallace blew open the game in the fifth inning when Allison Reynolds drove in three runs with a triple. The Lions sophomore had a double and two singles in the game.

The tournament continues at Heritage Park today, with Wallace playing its first game at 11 a.m.

Justin Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 257 or by e-mail at jgraves@cullmantimes.com.

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