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Holleman’s HR gives Co-Lin sweep

WESSON – Timely pitching and timely hitting led Co-Lin to aSouth Division doubleheader sweep of East Central Community CollegeSaturday afternoon at Sullivan Field.

The Wolves took the first game 5-1 over the Warriors, behind thepitching efforts of Mitch Mangum and Cole Zumbro. In the secondgame, the Wolves got a game-winning home run from Brandon Hollermanto bring home a 5-3 win over the Warriors.

Co-Lin hosts Gulf Coast in a South Division doubleheaderWednesday, at 4 p.m.

CO-LIN 5, EAST CENTRAL 1

The Warriors (9-22, 3-12) jumped on the scoreboard intheir half of the first, claiming an early 1-0 lead. Paul Brownsingled. Dee Hornsburger singled. Two batters later, Justin Darbygrounded out to second to score Brown.

Co-Lin (22-14, 10-7) answered in the bottom of thefirst. Centerfielder Arlandus Brown walked and moved to second on abalk by the East Central pitcher. Shortstop Kyle Beall bunted for ainfield single. Leftfielder Chase Coley doubled to score Brown andmove Beall to third. Beall would later score on a wild pitch.Catcher David Gray’s sacrifice fly to center scored Coley, makingit 3-1.

The Wolves, coached by Keith Case and Pete Young, added2 runs in the third. Beall singled. Coley reached first, as he washit by a pitch. Both runners advanced to third and second on adouble steal. Gray’s sacrifice fly to centerfield scored Beall.Rightfielder Paris Dancy singled to score Coley.

Co-Lin got a strong pitching performance from starterMitch Mangum (4-2), throwing 6.1 innings and allowing 1 earned runon 10 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 2.

Cole Zumbro was credited with the save, getting thefinal 2 outs, allowing no runs or hits, with 1 base on balls and 1strikeout.

“Mitch did a great job for us today,” said Case. “Cole(Zumbro) was able to come in and close it out.”

The Wolves were led by Beall with 2 singles and 2 runsscored. Coley doubled, scored twice and had a RBI.

East Central’s Jarrod Vaughn (2-3) suffered the loss forhead coach Jack Yarborough. Vaughn threw 6 innings, allowing 5earned runs on 5 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 1.

Hornsburger led the Warriors with 2singles.

Co-Lin 5, East Central 3

Both teams exhibited outstanding pitching in the earlyinnings.

Co-Lin (23-14, 11-7) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom ofthe third. Holleman tripled. Second baseman Matt Lea reached on a2-base error that allowed Hollerman to score. Two batters later,Beall’s sacrifice fly to center field scored Lea.

East Central (9-23, 3-13) cut the deficit to 2-1 in thefourth. Lewis Bradford walked and moved to second on a wild pitch.Justin Darby singled. Chad Loper reached on an error to load thebases. Designated hitter Adam McCurdy singled to scoreBradford.

The Warriors took a 3-2 lead in the sixth, aided by 2Co-Lin errors. Darby singled. Loper reached on an error. McCurdyreached on an error that allowed Darby to score. Jake Nester’ssacrifice bunt scored Loper.

Down to their last at-bat in the seventh, the Wolveswent to work. Third baseman Ryan Davis reached first as he was hitby a pitch. Zumbro singled to right. With 1 out and the count 2-1,Co-Lin’s bench erupted in jubilation as Holleman sent a fastballover the left field fence to end the game.

“Holleman is a great student-athlete,” added Case. “Hesaw the ball good today.”

Holleman went 3-for-3 at the plate with a single, atriple, a home run, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

The Wolves got a solid pitching performance from frshmanstarter Kendall Poole, who was credited with a no-decision. Despitebattling an inner ear infection, he threw 5.2 innings with 9strikeouts, issued 1 base on balls, giving up 3 unearned runs on 4hits.

“Kendall really competed today, despite being ill,” saidCase about Poole’s performance on the mound.

Zumbro relieved Poole in the fifth and picked up thewin, tossing 1.1 innings with no runs, 1 base hit and 4strikeouts.

Alex Sheppard suffered the loss for East Central. Heallowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits. He issued 1 base on balls andstruck out 4.