Lady Wolves sweep Southwest in South Division
SUMMIT – The Co-Lin Lady Wolves snapped a four-game losingstreak by pounding out 27 hits on the road against the SouthwestLady Bears in a division doubleheader Wednesday.
Co-Lin upped their South Division record to 5-7 with the sweep,while Southwest fell to 3-9 in division play. With the win, Co-Linimproves to 17-13 on the season while Southwest drops to10-14.
Freshman rightfielder Emily Smith led off the game with a walk.Following a sacrifice bunt, sophomore first baseman Haley Sonesdrilled a homerun to centerfield for a 2-0 lead. In the second,freshman Carrie Moak singled to right and Kacey Smith bunted her tosecond. Freshman third baseman Sarah Anthony stroked a double toleft and catcher Lakin Lockhart hit a sacrifice fly to scoreMoak.
Sones hit a towering solo homerun to center to lead off thethird.
In the fourth, Erika Rutland singled to right and Anthony doubledto right center for an RBI. Emily Smith followed with an RBI singleto center for a 7-0 lead. In the sixth, Smith singled and stolesecond. She would later score on a 2-out single by freshmandesignated player Tammy Alford.
Southwest scored its only runs of the opener in the bottom of thesixth on freshman Kolbi Lewis’ 2-run homer.
Co-Lin added a notch in the win column with a final score of8-2.
All-region sophomore Bethany Pinkston went the distance in raisingher record to 9-5. She struck out 9, walked 4, allowed 6 hits and 2earned runs.
Sones went 3-4 with 4 RBIs. She had two homeruns and a double.Alford followed with 3 singles. Emily Smith went 3-4 with a walkand 3 runs scored. Anthony doubled twice. Hitting safely wereLockhart, Bobbie Cochran and Ashley Bounds.
“It was a good win for us, we swung the bats really well and got anearly lead,” said Co-Lin coach Allen Kent. “Our defense was solidand we were able to give Bethany (Pinkston) a cushion. When yougive her run support like that, she’s really tough to beat.”
Ashlyn Grisaffe (4-8) took the loss for the Lady Bears. TipheriGrimes recorded two singles while Lindsay Clark, Whitney Moore andHali Sasser all hit safely.
Co-Lin 12, Southwest 0
After a scoreless first inning, Co-Lin struck in the second. Alfordled off with a walk and Carrie Moak singled to center. With oneout, Stevie Ann Wright stroked a triple to right for a 2-0lead.
Ashley McCaffery then struck out swinging, but the ball was in thedirt, causing the catcher to throw to first for the out. The firstbaseman dropped the ball and McCaffery reached on the error.McCaffery stole second and Wright scampered home on the throw downfor a 3-0 lead. Kacey Smith struck out for the second out of theinning; however, Southwest left the field, thinking that was thethird out. Kent sent McCaffery all the way home from second to takea 4-0 lead.
In the third, Lockhart celebrated her birthday with a homerun toright center. Sones doubled to left and Alford followed with aninfield single. Moak smoked a 3-run homerun to center for an 8-0lead.
In the fourth, shortstop Kacey Smith was hit by a pitch. EmilySmith followed with a single and Sones drilled her third homerun ofthe night to deep centerfield for an 11-0 lead. Alford followedwith a double. Moak singled and Anthony followed with an RBI singleto center and a 12-0 advantage.
Anthony collected the shutout win, going 5 innings in the run-rulegame. She only allowed 2 hits, striking out 1 and walking 1.
Moak helped pace the offensive attack with the homerun, 2 singlesand 2 runs scored. Sones homered and doubled. Alford walked,doubled, singled and scored 3 runs. Ashley Bounds added a single toleft.
Southwest’s Whitney Moore (6-6) took the loss.
“These were two really good wins for us,” continue Kent. “Southwestis better than what they showed tonight. They’ve played everyonetough in all their South Division games. It was good to get thebats going, we were due for some games like this. I really feellike we are better than how we have been playing.”
Co-lin resumes division play Saturday at defending Region 23champion East Central at 1 p.m., while Southwest returns to actionFriday when they host the Lady Bulldogs of Holmes Community Collegein a 3 p.m. doubleheader.