Lady Wolves sweep Jones Co.
WESSON – Pitchers Katie Fallin and Katie Rouch provided theCo-Lin Lady Wolves with a pair of sterling performances on themound Thursday afternoon in a wind-blown, fastpitch doubleheadersweep of Jones County Junior College. Fallin authored a 1-hitter inCo-Lin’s 9-0 opener and Rouch gave up 7 hits in the nightcap as theLady Wolves rallied to win 6-4.
Co-Lin hiked its record to 17-4 overall and 8-2 in the SouthDivision, maintaining a first place deadlock with Gulf Coast. TheSouth Division champion will host the state tournament April25-27.
“Those were two big division wins for us,” said Co-Linfirst-year head coach Allen Kent. “Katie Fallin shouldered the loadfor us in the first game and Katie Rouch picked us up in the secondgame.”
Kent’s Lady Wolves have a home date with Pearl River on Monday,starting at 1 p.m. They travel to Gulf Coast on April 11.
Co-Lin 9, Jones County 0
Fallin, a sophomore right-hander from Columbia, La., handcuffedthe Lady Bobcats with a 1-hitter. A double by Danielle Martin wasthe only hit she allowed.
“I wish they hadn’t gotten that one hit,” said Fallin. She wasbidding for her second no-hitter of the season. She struck out 8batters and didn’t issue a base on balls in the 4-inning game,collecting her fourth 1-hitter of the season.
“My drop pitch was working well,” said Fallin. “This team stickstogether and we back each other up. We hit the ball well. I can seeus going to state and being No. 1.”
At the plate, Co-Lin was directed by sophomore Kelly Fuller ofNatchez who doubled twice. Sophomore outfielder Krystal Groom ofNatchez tripled and singled as the Lady Wolves took a 9-0 leadafter 3 innings.
Hitting safely for Co-Lin were Dana Coke, Casey Ward, HollyHankins, Danielle Ross, Ashley Davis and Fallin.
Co-Lin 6, Jones County 4
The Lady Bobcats (9-12, 3-7), coached by Grant Crowder, appearedready to go home with a split but the Lady Wolves produced a bigrally after falling behind 4-3 in the third.
Rouch was instrumental in the comeback, striking out 2 straightbatters after Jones loaded the bases in the fifth.
“When Katie struck out two with the bases loaded, that was thedifference in the game,” said Coach Kent.
Rouch, a freshman right-hander from Alexandria, La., said, “Forme, it was an ugly win. I struggled a little bit but I did myjob.
“For some reason, we win the first games and then we struggle inthe second. We have a good team.”
Rouch (6-1, 3-0) helped her cause with 3 singles. “My daddy willbe happy to hear about that when I call him.”
Rouch accounted for 2 strikeouts, 2 walks and 1 hit batter.
The Lady Bobcats took a 4-3 lead in the third when Wardoverthrew first base on a bunt.
In the fifth, pinch hitter Jennifer Doty provided a line driveto left field which bounced past the fielder and allowed EliseDixon to score the tying run, making it 4-4. Dixon had drawn a baseon balls from JCJC pitcher Holly Neal.
In the sixth, Co-Lin plated 2 runs. Hankins singled to right andRoss was safe on a wide throw to first base by Martin. Dana Cokelaunched a sacrifice fly to right field, giving Co-Lin a 5-4 lead.Fuller followed with a sacrifice fly to left and Ross scored,making it 6-4.