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Lady Wolves pound Gulf Coast

WESSON — The nationally ranked No. 10 Co-Lin Lady Wolvesfastpitch softball team wrapped up regular season play Thursdaywith a pair of South Division wins over the Gulf Coast LadyBulldogs.

Co-Lin won the opener 5-2 and the finale 4-0.

“We clinched the South Division title today with a sweep of GulfCoast,” said Co-Lin head softball coach Allen Kent. “Winning thefirst game today was huge. It took all the pressure off of us forthe second game. The first win clinched the South Division titlefor us, giving us a better seeding in the State/Regional Tournamentnext week in Booneville.”

Co-Lin 5, Gulf Coast 2

Gulf Coast scored 2 runs in the second inning on walks and anerror for a 2-0 lead.

With 2 outs in the third inning, Co-Lin second baseman GinnyDunaway singled and centerfielder Rachel Breaux tripled to theleft-field wall to score Dunaway. Third baseman Courtney Angeldrilled a 2-out hit to score Breaux and tied the game at 2-all.

The Lady Wolves exploded in the fifth for 3 runs and a 5-2 lead.Shortstop Jessica Melton singled with 1 out. Dunaway followed withher second hit of the game. With 2 outs, Angel belted anotherclutch 2-out hit, driving in her second and third runs of the game,scoring Melton and Dunaway. Angie Davis singled to right field andKatie Rouch drove in Angel.

Rouch (13-2) was the winning pitcher with 1 strikeout, 2 walksand 4 hits allowed.

“Other than the one miscue, we played very good defense,” saidKent. “We also scored all of our runs with 2 outs in this game.That was the big difference.”

Adding support to the Co-Lin win with a single was catcher EliseDixon.

Co-Lin 4, Gulf Coast 0

Ashley Davis (11-4) posted the win in the finale. Davis fanned 6batters and walked 2.

“Ashley pretty much stayed ahead in the count and just reallynever let them get any momentum,” stated Kent.

The game was scoreless until the third inning. Dunaway led offwith a double for the Lady Wolves. Breaux singled to move Dunawayto second. Angel walked and Angie Davis ripped a ground ball toshort who threw wild to home plate and allowed Dunaway and Breauxto score. Designated hitter Rouch hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, driving in Angel. First baseman Beth Smith walked. With twoout and runners on first and third, Smith broke and went halfway tosecond in the pitch and got in an intentional rundown, allowingDavis to race home for the fourth run.

Co-Lin was held to 6 hits. Singling were Melton, Dunaway,Breaux, Rouch, Smith and Mandy Vinson.

“We hit better than we did last time,” stated Kent. In the lastgame at Perkinston against at Gulf Coast, Co-Lin had just 1hit.

“This breaks the school record for wins at 24,” explained Kent.”I am really proud of our girls. We’ve worked hard and they’vereally meshed well together this season. We finished the difficultdivision schedule going 14-2.”

According to Kent, Gulf Coast and Pearl River have a 1-gameplayoff to see who advances.

“Our ultimate goal is to win State/Regionals and advance to theNational Tournament in Iowa,” added Kent. “If we can keep gettingthe effort we had today, I think we’ve got a pretty goodchance.”