MUSCLE SHOALS & PHIL CAMPBELL, ALA. — The Northwest Shoals Community College Patriots’ baseball team opened its Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) season with six straight wins over Calhoun and Southern Union.
The Patriots opened ACCC play with a doubleheader on Friday, March 10th, with two wins over Calhoun Community College.
The Patriots won game one, 4-1, after building an early 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Michael Pfeiffer earned the win for the Patriots after pitching seven innings. Pfeiffer allowed five hits, one run, and four walks and struck out six.
At the plate, Taylor Bush went 2-3 and scored once. Alex Wilson went 1-3 with two runs scored.
In game two, the Patriots grabbed the lead in the fifth inning and held on to win 5-4.
Zach Hill went seven innings on the mound for the Patriots. Hill allowed six hits, four runs, walked two and struck out eight batters.
Offensively, Caleb Davis went 3-3 with one run scored. Wilson went 1-3 and Bush 1-2 as each player had one run scored.
The Patriots swept Calhoun in another doubleheader the following day on Saturday, March 11th.
In game one, the Patriots defeated Calhoun 13-4, after taking an early 6-2 lead in the second inning.
Bryce Sanders earned the win for the Patriots pitching six innings, allowing four hits, four runs, walking three and striking out four batters. Samuel Pace pitched one inning allowing no hits or runs, and striking out two batters.
At the plate, Wilson went 1-4, with two runs scored. Cade Prestegard went 2-4 and Eli Gipson 3-4, scoring twice with three RBIs.
In game two, the Patriots won 4-3.
Ethan Muncher pitched three strong innings for NWSCC, allowing five hits, one run, one walk and striking out three.
Cason Henry pitched three innings allowing five hits, one run and two strikeouts. Wilson went 1-3, with a run scored. Caleb Davis also went 1-3, scoring one run.
On March 14th, the Patriots faced Birmingham Southern College’s Junior Varsity squad. Coach David Langston’s team took a lead in the eighth inning when the Patriots scored two runs, and held on to earn a 4-2 win.
The Patriots’ pitching staff was busy as four pitchers, Prestegard, Muncher, Pace and Landon Leslie, threw one inning each. Leslie earned the win for NWSCC, and Jacob Little was on the mound for three strong innings. The Patriots hosted Southern Union State Community College at Patriot Park in a doubleheader on Thursday, March 16th.
The Patriots defeated Southern Union in game one, 4-3.
Pfeifer was on the mound for the Patriots for seven innings. He allowed seven hits, three runs, and struck out two to earn the complete game win.
At the plate, Wilson went 2-4, with one RBI. Cole Strachan went 2-3, scoring one run and driving in one.
The Patriots won the nightcap 13-3 with a dominant offensive performance.
Eli Gipson had four RBI on three hits to lead the hit parade. Strachan went 2-3 with a first inning RBI. NWSCC plated six runs in the second inning, led by RBIs from Wilson, Gipson, Prestegard and Drew McBurnett.
The Patriots had 14 hits, with five players enjoying multi-hit games. Zach Hill started for the Patriots and threw one inning, allowing two runs. Pace came on in relief and threw four innings of two-hit baseball while giving up one run.
For more information on Patriots baseball visit https://nwscc.edu/patriots-baseball/.
Written by: Michael Rice, NWSCC Sports Information Intern
About Northwest Shoals Community College:
Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to over 4,000 students. NWSCC offers over 100 certificate and degree programs and is committed to providing career technical, academic, athletic and lifelong educational opportunities that promote economic growth and enrich the quality of life for the people it serves. For more information about the NWSCC, visit www.nwscc.edu.