Co-Lin captures South Division pair from Southwest

Published 5:00 am Thursday, April 5, 2007

SUMMIT — The Co-Lin Lady Wolves swept a South Division softballdoubleheader from the Southwest Lady Bears Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Wolves won the opener 6-1 and the finale 13-3 in fiveinnings.

“It was a huge day for us offensively,” said Co-Lin head coachAllen Kent. “We had a total of 25 hits in 12 innings, including 5home runs. We were more patient at the plate today and drove theball well. Our pitchers only gave up 3 earned runs on the day. Thistakes us 6-1 in division play before heading to Gulf CoastTuesday.”

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Co-Lin 6, Southwest 1

Co-Lin opened the scoring in the second inning when AllysonWallace hit her first career home run, a towering shot over thecenter field fence. Candace Braxton singled to left field that gotby left fielder Bethany Dykes for a 3-base error, allowing Braxtonto scamper around the bases for a 2-0 lead. First baseman MeleahBrown followed with a home run deep over the left field wall.

Southwest cut the deficit to 3-1 in the fourth off 3 basehits.

The Lady Wolves answered back in the fifth. Brown hit a lead-offsingle to leftfield. Britnee Smith beat out a bunt for a single.Following a sacrifice bunt by Erin Douglass, Kayla Crocket drove a2 runs with a single to left. Wallace smacked a double to leftcenter to drive in Crochet for a 6-1 lead.

Crochet(9-2) posted the win, scattering 6 hits, allowing 1earned run with 7 strikeouts and 0 walks.

“Crochet wasn’t her sharpest today,” said Kent. “She fought hardand kept us in it until out offense came around.”

Crochet and Brown led the Lady Wolves with 3 hits apiece.Crochet singled 3 times for 2 RBI. Brown celebrated her birthdaywith a home run, a double and a single and 2 runs scored. Wallacehomered and had a RBI double. Douglas added a single.

Bethany Dykes singled twice for Southwest.

“We played solid defense behind Kayla, committing no errors,”added Kent.

Co-Lin 13, Southwest 3

In the second contest, the Lady Wolves set the tone early,hammering out 8 runs in the first inning. Brown drew a leadoff walkand stole second base. Douglass singled to right center to scoreBrown. Douglass stole third and Crochet drew a base on balls.Ashley Sykes singled home Douglass. Allyson Wallace followed withher second homer of the day, a 3-run blast over the leftcenterfield wall. Emily Langley singled and stole second, thenscored on Kady King’s drive off the wall in left center.

This chased Southwest starting pitcher Alex Pigott, who gave up6 earned runs on no outs. Following an out, a walk and a stolenbase by Annie Selman, Brown delivered again with a 2-run double tocenter for an 8-0 lead.

In the second inning, Sykes led off with a double and Wallacedrew a base on balls. Langley slapped an opposite field home run ofleft center for a 3-run blast. The home-run derby continued asSelman smoked a solo blast to left field for a 12-0 lead after 2innings.

Braxton reached on an error in the fourth and Lauren Smithsingled. Selman’s single scored Braxton.

Southwest scratched for a single unearned run in the first and 2more in the fourth.

Douglass (4-3) collected the win, going 3 innings and allowing 3hits with 1 strikeout and 1 walk. Caroline Burkes tossed the final2 innings, giving up 2 hits, 2 walks with 1 strikeout.

Wallace led the way at the plate with a home run double, a walk,3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Langley homered, tripled, singled for 3RBI and 2 runs scored. Selman homered, singled, walked and scoredtwice. Sykes also double and singled, scored twice, and drove in arun. Brown doubled, singled, walked and had 2 RBI.