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Lady Wolves split pair at Pearl River

POPLARVILLE — The Co-Lin Lady Wolves fastpitch softball teamsplit a South Division doubleheader with the Pearl River LadyWildcats Satuday. Pearl River won the opener 7-5 and Co-Lin tookthe finale 9-0.

This was the eighth straight road game for the 20-6 Lady Wolveswho are 6-2 in their last eight games.

Pearl River 7, Co-Lin 5

In the first game, Pearl River went ahead 3-1 in the secondinning. At the end of the fifth, the Lady Wildcats had pushed theirlead to 7-3.

“We left 10 runners stranded on base,” said Co-Lin women’s headcoach Allen Kent. “Pearl River got a couple of two-out hits whenthey needed them and we didn’t. We kicked it around and gave upfour unearned runs as well.”

Katie Rouch (11-2) was the losing pitcher with two walks and nostrikeouts. At the plate, Rouch belted two doubles and two singlesfor two RBI and scored a run.

“Katie battled hard but just didn’t have her best stuff today,”stated Kent. “This was her first division loss of the year. Shereally tried to help herself at the plate.”

Shortstop Jessica Melton singled twice and scored. Rachel Breauxdoubled twice for a RBI and scored a run. Courtney Angel belted twosingles to drive in one run and scored another. Hitting safely wereGinny Dunaway and Elise Dixon.

Co-Lin 9, Pearl River o

In the second game, Ashley Davis (9-4) posted the win.Sheallowed four hits, struck out five batters and walked one.

“Ashley turned it up a notch,” said Kent. “She shut down a goodhitting team.”

Breaux powered the Lady Wolves at the plate going 4-for-5 withtwo home runs and two singles. Her three-run homer over the leftfield fence gave Co-Lin a 5-0 lead in the second inning. IN thesixth, she drilled a two-run shot over the right centerfield fence.She finished with five RBIs and scored three runs.

Adding support to the Co-Lin win at the plate was Dixon with apair of singled and a run scored. Angel doubled and singled. Meltonsingled, walked and scored two runs. Ginny Dunaway walked fourtimes and had a but single and scored three runs. Hitting safelywere Rouch and Angie Davis.

The Lady Wolves hold a one-game lead over the Gulf Coast LadyBulldogs in the South Division race.

“One win will clinch a spot in the state tournament,” explainedKent. “We really want to go in as a No. 1 seed. We need to run thetable in order to do that.”

Co-Lin returns home this week to host Jones County Tuesday andGulf Coast Thursday. The doubleheaders begin at 1 p.m.