Jolly hurls Co-Lin victory; Pack splits with East Miss.

Published 7:00 pm Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WESSON — Freshman right-hander Tripp Jolly made his first startfor Copiah-Lincoln Community College a sun-kissed Tuesday toremember. Jolly picked up the 4-1 win over the East MississippiLions, allowing 1 earned run, 1 hit, striking out 1 and walking 5in 4 innings of work on the Sullivan Stadium mound.

Co-Lin lost yesterday’s season opener, falling 4-3 to the Lions ona seventh-inning solo home run by Hilton Gibson off southpaw reliefpitcher Ryan Kennedy.

The Wolfpack host Coahoma for a doubleheader on Sunday at 1p.m.

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Co-Lin 4, East Miss. 1

Ben Boone pitched the remaining 3 innings to preserve the victory.He allowed 1 hit, no runs, walked 3 and fanned 2.

The Wolfpack jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first inning.Dehendret Collins reached on an infield single and stole secondbase. Third baseman Bud Britt laced a single to left field scoringCollins. Britt stole second and scored on a Kolby Byrd single toright field.

Co-Lin added two more runs in the bottom of the second inning onRBI singles by Steven Capistran and Edmund Cheatham. Collins andBritt also singled in the uprising.

Capistran led the Wolfpack at the plate with a double and 2singles. Britt and Collins had 2 singles apiece. Cheatham and Byrdsingled.

“Tripp pitched well for us,” said Co-Lin coach Keith Case. “Ithought our guys did a great job of staying in the ball game allday.”

Case said the new restrictive bats used by senior and juniorcolleges in 2011 would limit the number of extra base hits. BBCORbats are considered safer as they reduce the sweet spot area andthe resolution of the collision between the bat and the ball.

“There is a big difference between the old bats and the new ones,”said Case. “There will be a lot less homers and long balls.”

Case said the new bats are similar to Major League Baseball’swooden bats.

East Miss. 4, Co-Lin 3

The Lions (1-6) had lost 5 games by 1-run margins enteringTuesday’s contest. EMCC Coach Chris Rose was happy to end thefamine.

“We got the job done and it was a well-played game,” said Rose.”That was a big hit by Gibson. “We got a big double from him,too.”

Sophomore Brandon Jones started on the mound for Co-Lin and lasted4.1 innings. Jones gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, striking out 5,walking 1 and hitting 2 batters.

Zane Migues, a freshman right-hander from Lafayette, La., with asubmarine delivery, hurled the final 2 frames and got the win. Hewalked 1 batter and held Co-Lin hitless.

Gibson’s first-inning double to the base of the left field fenceput the Lions up 1-0.

Collins gained Co-Lin a 1-1 tie in the second with an RBI single toright, scoring Cheatham who had doubled down the right fieldline.

A throwing error gained the Lions a 2-1 advantage in the third.Co-Lin tied it again as the Lions made a fielding error on a flyball at the center field wall. It allowed courtesy runner Ben Booneto score. He was running for Byrd who singled to right.

In the fifth, Antwan Ratcliff’s RBI double to the right field fenceoff Co-Lin relief pitcher Tyler Copeland scored Aldridge who washit by a pitch.

Britt’s smash to third base got past the fielder. Collins, who hadreached on a bunt and advanced on a throwing error, scored thethird run for a 3-3 deadlock in the fifth.