Lady Wolves split with Coast
WESSON – Co-Lin rebounded from an opening game loss to beat GulfCoast 4-3 Monday in a fastpitch softball showdown at Katie Rouchpitched a 3-hitter. Gulf Coast won the opener 4-2.
The twinbill split left Co-Lin (12-3) and Gulf Coast (8-7) tiedfor first place in the South Division at 4-2. Co-Lin resumes playtoday at Hinds and visits Mississipppi Delta Wednesday.
Co-Lin 4, Gulf Coast 3
In the fifth inning, Co-Lin’s Holli Hankins drilled a 2-rundouble to right field to score Casey Ward and Dana Coke, givingCo-Lin the lead. Hanks went 3-for-3. Coke, Rouch and Danielle Rossalso hit safely.
“Katie Rouch really came through for us in a big game,” saidCo-Lin coach Allen Kent. Rouch (5-0) tossed a 3-hitter, strikingout 3 and walking none. She also had an RBI single.
“Kelly Fuller was a vacuum at shortstop for us,” said CoachKent. “Dana Coke was solid at second base and Krystal Groom playedwell defeinsely in center.”
Gulf Coast broke open a scoreless duel in the fourth inning,with 3 runs on 2 errors. Ross answered with an RBI triple. Rouchsingled home Ross.
Gulf Coast 4, Co-Lin 2
According to Kent, losing pitcher Katie Fallin (4-2) pitchedwell enough to win most games. She struck out 5 batters and walked4. The Lady Wolves committed 2 costly errors.
“Gulf Coast has a solid team,” said Kent. “We outhit them (8-6)but couldn’t put together enough hits when it counted.
Gulf Coast is the 2-time defending state champion.
Ward went 3-for-4. Rightfielder Jerrica Boutwell singled twice.Coke, Ross and Fallin singled.