Co-Lin sweeps Meridian

Published 11:10am Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MERIDIAN – The Copiah-Lincoln Lady Wolves softball team went on the road Monday and swept the Meridian Lady Eagles in a MACJC South Division doubleheader. The Lady Wolves outhit Meridian 24-7 on the day.

Co-Lin 6, Meridian 1 

Co-Lin (13-8, 5-3) got an outstanding pitching performance from sophomore ace Brooke Gonzales. The Live Oak (La.) High product threw a five hitter and gave up one unearned run. Gonzales (9-2) had a season high 11 strikeouts.

Co-Lin got on the board in the top of the first when Hannah Roberts scored Brooke Laigast on a sacrifice fly.

Freshman Breanna McKenzie led Co-Lin at the plate by going 2-3 with a double and a single. Co-Lin manufactured two runs in the second when runners Missy Romero and Kristen Byrd pulled off a double steal. A throwing error by the Meridian catcher allowed Romero to score on the play. Byrd then scored on a fielder’s choice by Beth Fortenbery. McKenzie would score Roberts with her double in the third. McKenzie would score later in the inning off of a single by Romero. The final Co-Lin run came in the fourth when Laigast doubled and scored Fortenbery.

Lyndsey Cannon took the loss for Meridian (0-17, 0-8).

“Brooke was great today,” said Lady Wolves head coach Allen Kent. “Our defense was solid throughout both games.”

Co-Lin 6, Meridian 0 

Freshman Rheagan Welch (3-3) had her best outing of the season as she pitched a two hit complete game shutout. The Bogue Chitto product struck out five and walked five batters.

Co-Lin struck first in the top of the first when Broke Laigast scored on a Breanna McKenzie single. McKenzie finished the game going 4-for-4 with four singles.

The Lady Wolves got three runs in the third when Kayla Craft scored Laigast on an RBI single. Craft would come around to score herself later in the inning off of a Missy Romero sacrifice fly. The final run of the inning came when Hannah Roberts scored off of a Kacie Berry single. Roberts would also add an RBI single in the top of the fourth. The final Co-Lin run came in the top of the sixth when McKenzie laced an RBI single that scored Kristen Byrd.

Even after posting 15 hits in the game two victory, Kent saw areas his team could improve at the plate.

“We left 19 runners stranded today. We need to still work on being more disciplined at the plate,” said Kent. “It was good to sweep on the road heading into Spring Break. We’ve got a few kids who are banged up so the rest should do us good.”

The Lady Wolves are off until Monday, March 17, when they travel to Mississippi Delta Community College for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.