Lady Wolves whip Pearl River women

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, April 7, 2004

WESSON — The Co-Lin Lady Wolves swept a big South Divisionfastpitch softball doubleheader from the Pearl River Lady WildcatsTuesday afternoon.

Co-Lin won the opener 10-2 and the finale 11-3. Pearl River cameinto the games unbeaten (4-0 ) in the South, having swept GulfCoast and Jones County.

“These were two big division wins against Pearl River,” saidCo-Lin head softball coach Allen Kent. “We played near flawlessdefense, only allowing one error all day.”

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Co-Lin 10, Pearl River 2

Sophomore Katie Rouch (8-1) was the winning pitcher with tworuns allowed on four hits, one strikeout and no walks.

“Katie really kept them off balance all day,” stated Kent.”She’s been working hard on her change-up. She really had it goingtoday.”

Freshman shortstop Jessica Melton led the way for the LadyWolves, going 4-for-4 at the plate. Melton scored twice and drovein two runs. Ginny Dunaway and Angie Davis each ripped two hits anddrove in three runs.

Courtney Angel added support with two hits for 2 RBI and a runscored. Holli Bass singled twice. Collecting two hits was RachelBreaux.

“Nine of our 10 runs were scored with two outs,” added Kent.”That was the big difference today.”

Co-Lin outhit Pearl River 12-4 in the first game.

Co-Lin 11, Pearl River 3

In the second game, freshman Ashley Davis (6-3) recorded thevictory, fanning three batters, walking one and allowing three runson five hits.

“She (Davis) was very effective,” said Kent. “She hit her spotsand kept the leadoff batters off base.”

Breaux, a freshman centerfielder, directed the Lady Wolves inthe second game with two hits, two RBI and three runs scored,including a perfectly executed, suicide squeeze bunt.

Contributing to the Co-Lin win with a double and a single wasDunaway. Angie Davis smashed a two-run double. Hitting safely wereMandy Vinson, Ashley Davis, Melton, Elise Dixon and Bass.

According to Kent, seven of the 11 runs scored came with twoouts in the innings. “We really stepped up and got the hits when weneeded them. Everyone contributed today.”

On the day, the Lady Wolves scored 16 runs with two outs.

“I guess we’ve been saving them up,” added Kent. “We haven’tdone it very much this year. Our defense was solid today. We reallyhelped our pitchers out.”

Co-Lin travels to Ellisville to face Jones County Thursday for adoubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.