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Lady Wolves Sweep; Pinkston shuts out EMCC

WESSON – Bethany Pinkston seems to pitch her best when she’s ina jam. The Co-Lin sophomore managed to keep the lid on the EastMississippi Community College Lady Lions Thursday, authoring a 6-0shutout. She struck out 9 batters, walked 2 and gave up 6-hits, ona beautiful, sun-kissed afternoon.

In Game 2, The Lady Wolves mauled the Lady Lions capturing a 9-1victory in 5 innings.

Co-Lin visits Jones County Saturday for a South Division twinbill,starting at noon.

“I always seem to pitch better in a pressure situation,” saidPinkston. Several of her fastballs were delivered with a loudgrunt. She fanned 3 of the final 7 batters she faced.

“My curveball and riseball were working well today,” addedPinkston. “Our defense played well and we got our batsgoing.”

Co-Lin 6, East Miss. 0

Dealing with a major rebuilding campaign, Pinkston and herteammates have had their ups and downs this season. They collected12 hits in Thursday’s opener, powered by sophomore Erica Rutlandand freshman Kacey Smith who both doubled and singled. SophomoreHaley Sones and freshmen Carrie Moak and Ashley McCaffery had 2hits apiece.

Co-Lin coach Allen Kent was pleased with the victory as his LadyWolves won their third straight game since returning from SpringBreak. “Bethany did a good job and we kept (Lions) at bay. Wescratched out some runs and stole five or six bases. Beingaggressive on the bases helps us score runs.”

Sones, a lanky first baseman from Brookhaven (Loyd Star) wasaggressive on the bases. In the fourth, Sones singled up themiddle, stole second and went to third on an errant throw from thecatcher, making a headfirst slide into the bag.

Sones scored on Moak’s opposite field single and it was 2-0. Smithfollowed with a 2-out, RBI single to score Moak and it was3-0.

Co-Lin plated 3 more runs in the sixth. After Sones and Moaksingled, Sarah Anthony beat out a bunt on a fielder’s choice.Rutland provided a 2-run double down the left field line. Smithfollowed with an RBI double and it was 6-0.

Freshman Amy Johnson (2 K, 0 BB) took the loss for EMCC, whichleads the North Division with a 6-1 mark.

At the plate, Nashedra Berry powered the Lions with a double and 2singles.

Co-Lin 9, East Mississippi 1

Co-Lin struck for six runs in the first inning off East Mississippistarter Alex Dawkins. Dawkins gave up six runs, no hits, walkedfour and hit two batters in .1 inning of work. Lillian Lindseyrelieved Dawkins in the first inning.

The Lady Wolves added two more runs in the fifth. Stevie Ann Wrightled off the inning with a double and advanced to third on EmilySmith’s bunt single. Sones’ singled scoring Wright and Smith.

Co-Lin added an insurance run in the fourth aided by a pair of LadyLion errors.

Starter Sarah Anthony (5-3) picked up the win allowing one run onfour hits striking out one and walking none in three innings.Brooke Delaughter pitched the final two innings giving up no runson one hit, striking out one and walking none.

At the plate, Wright doubled and singled. Sones singled twice. ErinSmith, Anthony, Ashley Bounds and Delaughter singled. Lockhart hadtwo RBIs.