Co-Lin splits with MD

Published 6:00 am Friday, February 18, 2005

WESSON — Co-Lin’s young baseball squad showed signs ofimprovement on offense and defense in Thursday’s doubleheader onSullivan Field against the Mississippi Delta Community CollegeTrojans. The Wolves posted an 8-1 triumph in the opener but lostthe chilly nightcap 4-3, stranding 9 runners on base.

“We have a lot of freshmen out there but they are playing hardand learning every game,” said Co-Lin coach Keith Case. “We left alot of runners on base in the second game.”

“We are not swinging it real well. We didn’t play good defense andwe are not producing offensively.”

The Wolves (3-3) host Tougaloo College Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.for a doubleheader. Delta is 1-3 on the season.

Co-Lin 8, Miss. Delta 1

Freshman Derek Thompson pitched thevictory with seventh-inning relief help from Lance Deville.Thompson, from Simpson County, gave up 4 hits and 1 run, fanned 7and walked 1. Deville held the Trojans hitless and fanned 1batter.

At the plate, catcher Matthew Schexnayder doubled and had 3 RBI.His bases-loaded 2-out double came in the fifth.

Centerfielder Josh Logan and rightfielder Xavier Qualls had 2 hitsapiece for Co-Lin. First baseman Te Riley doubled. The Wolves got asingle from Jody Britt.

Puerto Rico sophomore pitcher Ramesis Rosa was the losing pitcher.In 5 innings, Rosa allowed 7 runs on 5 hits, walked 3 and struckout 9.

“Rosa is a pretty good left-hander who we were able to go out andbeat,” said Case. “We got some big hits in that game.”

Delta 4, Co-Lin 3

The Trojans overcame 5 errors to edge theWolves in the nightcap. They only managed 3 hits but got a6th-inning, solo homer from shortstop Louis Gonzales.

Delta capitalized on Co-Lin errors and a passed ball.

“We had the bases loaded three times and had runners in scoringposition all day,” said Case. “In six innings, we had runners inscoring position but couldn’t come up with the big hits.”

Co-Lin left 9 runners stranded on base, all of them on second orthird base.

Freshman Joseph Langham started on the mound for Co-Lin and allowed3 hits and 4 runs, 3 of them earned. He walked 3 batters and fanned3.

Te Riley hurled 2 innings of shutout relief. He struck out 1 batterand walked 1.

Co-Lin leftfielder Justin Sykes led off the bottom of the sixthinning with a homer. First baseman Ben Sandifer doubled. Collectingsingle hits for Co-Lin were Qualls, Schexnayder, Garrett Jones,Patrick Williams and Gregory Ketchings.