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Lady Wolves scorch Southwest

WESSON – The red-hot Co-Lin Lady Wolves swept the Southwest LadyBears in a South Division softball doubleheader Wednesdayafternoon.

Co-Lin crushed Southwest 9-0 in the first game but had to comeback in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3 win in the finale.

The Lady Wolves (26-8, 18-4) host LSU-Eunice today, beginning at3 p.m. with the first contest.

Co-Lin’s team has assured themselves a spot in the Regional 23Tournament in Clinton. They still have a shot at hosting the StateTournament April 25-26. The Lady Wolves host South Division foeJones County Monday. Gulf Coast (16-4) has dates with Pearl Riverand Southwest remaining. In the event of a tie for a first place, acoin toss would determine the location of the state tournament thatfeatures the top 4 teams from the North and South Divisions.

Co-Lin 9, Southwest 0

The Lady Wolves went up 2-0 in the first inning. Terri Hodgessingled and took second on a error and third base on a sacrificefly by Candace Avants. Daniele Wilson was walked and Monea Cameronhit a sacrifice fly to right field. Holli Smith’s 2-out singleplated Wilson for the second run.

In the sixth, Co-Lin collected 6 runs to push its lead to 8-0.Avants coaxed a leadoff walk and took second on a passed ball.Wilson drilled an RBI double and Cameron smashed an RBI single.Smith reached on an error. Missy Paulina drilled a 1-2 pitch offthe right field fence for an RBI. Summer Easterling pinch ran forPaulina and Becca Boone hit s sacrifice fly to left. RebeccaRousseau dropped a bunt single. Chelsey Miller and Wilson bothwalked.

Smith drilled a solo home run in the fourth to give Co-Lin a 9-0lead.

Rousseau (15-3, 11-1) pitched the 5-inning game and allowed only3 hits. She struck out 4 batters and walked none.

“Rebecca had another great outing, staying ahead in the count,”said Co-Lin softball coach Allen Kent. “She’s really been big forus in the first games of our doubleheaders. Missy called a greatgame behind the plate. They really work well together.”

Smith’s homer, single and 3 RBIs paced the Lady Wolves at theplate. Hodges collected 2 singles. Wilson had double, 2 RBI, 3 runsscored and 2 walks. Miller added a single and a walk.

Co-Lin 4, Southwest 3

In the second game, Southwest took advantage of a Co-Lin errorin the first and second innings for 3 unearned runs and a 3-0lead.

The Lady Wolves exploded for 4 runs in the bottom of the seventhfor the 4-3 comeback win.

In the bottom of the seventh, Rousseau and Missy Paulinasingled. With 1 out, Hodges singled to load the bases. Avantsdrilled a double to center for 2 RBI, trimming the lead to 3-2.WithWilson at bat, a passed ball allowed Hodges to score the tyingrun.

Wilson walked. Cameron singled to right center to score Avantsfor the game-winning run.

Hodges (7-5) was the winning pitcher, giving up 9 hits on 2strikeouts and no walks.

“Our defense got us in a bind early, but we hung in there andstayed in the game,” said Kent. “We’ll take it any way we can get awin. It was a thrilling come-from -behind victory. I’m proud of thegirls for believing in themselves.

“I told them in the huddle before we batted that is was possibleand that we were capable of coming back and winning.”

Avants led the Co-Lin offense with 3 singles, 2 RBI, a stolenbase and a run scored. Hodges singled twice. Singling were DeeDeeWalker and Smith.