DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Baseball and softball season is just around the corner. In fact practice started this week for junior colleges in Alabama.
The Wallace baseball and softball programs are trying to build off of last year’s momentum to find success on the diamond this year.
Wallace baseball is trying to finish what it started last year.
The Govs fell one game short of winning the state tournament and a trip to the JUCO World Series.
This year’s team is determined to get it done.
“They’re really excited to get back there and try to win that tournament for us,” head baseball coach Mackey Sasser said.
Last year injuries plagued the Gov’s pitching rotation, but this year it’s not a problem.
“We have plenty arms this year,” Sasser said. “We’ve got the guys returning that were hurt last year, so I think we’re going to have a pretty good team.”
Six local guys make up the Gov’s roster, but Sasser is big on recruiting from the transfer portal.
“I try to get a lot of kids from the portal from division one because they’ve been at division one,” Sasser said. “They know what they have to do. They’re matured to bring along my freshman guys.”
With many returning players and some newbies Sasser is confident in the depth of this Govs team.
“I could put two different lineups in there and I don’t think I’ll miss a beat,” Sasser said. “Just maybe a little speed.”
The same goes for governors softball.
“It’s kind of a great mix,” head softball coach David Russo said. “At any time we could probably start probably five or six freshmen, it just depends on who’s performing. I like our depth. I won’t say this is the most talented team I’ve ever had, but I like our depth.”
Russo says about ten sophomores and ten freshmen make up the roster.
The lady Govs went 42-18 last year and this season they’re ready to come back even stronger.
“I think we can have a pretty good ball club, but this year I think more than ever I think everybody in the conference is better too,” Russo said. “It’s going to be competitive every game out and we’ll just see what happens at the end.”
To be competitive in such a tough conference defense is going to be key.
“I think we have pretty good pitchers,” Russo said. “We’re not going to strike out a lot of people. We have to play defense. They pitch to contact, but they do a pretty good job but we will have to play defense to have success.”
The Govs softball season opener is Jan. 29 and baseball games begin Feb. 4.