HANCEVILLE — Everything had already fallen into place for Wallace State’s baseball team.

Going into the season finale with rival Calhoun, the Lions had one last opportunity to take first place in the ACCC North with a sweep. But in order for that to happen, Wallace would need some help.

Wallace got the help, but the Lions couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain.

After beating Calhoun 5-3 in the first game, Wallace dropped the nightcap to the Warhawks 6-4 Saturday night.

In order for Wallace to take sole possession of first place, the Lions needed Bevill-Fayette to take at least one game from Shelton State. Even though that happened, the loss to Calhoun drops Wallace back into a tie for first place.

The bad part is that Shelton State owns the tiebreaker, meaning Wallace goes into the state tournament as a No. 2 seed.

Wallace went into the third inning with the game tied 1-1. But after Calhoun was able to keep the inning alive after drawing a couple of walks, the Warhawks were able to rally for two runs to take the lead.

The Lions regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth after scoring three runs on one hit, but Calhoun capitalized on a pair of walks and two wild pitches in the sixth inning to regain the lead and momentum. The Warhawks added another run in the seventh.

Walks and wild pitches appeared to be the theme for the Lions on Saturday. The Lions walked nine batters, while around five pitches got past Wallace catcher Logan Eads.

In the nightcap, Calhoun held the Lions to only three hits. Zelous Wheeler led the Lions with a double, while Derrick Green had a single.

ACCC Softball Tournament

Wallace St. 9, Gadsden St. 0

Wallace opened the ACCC tournament in Alabaster on a high note Saturday by shutting out Gadsden State in five innings.

As the No. 1 seed in the North, the Lady Lions had a first-round bye.

“We played pretty good today,” Wallace coach Jayne Clem said.

Holli Hill recorded the win for Wallace. She held Gadsden to only three hits in four innings, while striking out six.

Ashley Pratt led Wallace at the plate with three singles and two RBIs. Rachel Baucom had two RBIs, Sarah Wilson had a triple and two RBIs, Courtney Underwood had a single and an RBI and Brooke Allgood had a single and an RBI.

Wallace will play Central Alabama today at 4 p.m.

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