Lady Wolves notch 2 shutouts in sweep of Southwest

Published 6:00 pm Wednesday, April 27, 2011

WESSON – The Co-Lin Lady Wolves completed their regular seasonon a winning note as they shut out the Southwest Lady Bears in aSouth Division doubleheader in junior college softball action. TheLady Wolves pounded the Lady Bears 5-0 in the first game andblanked Southwest 2-0 in the finale.

“This is the second time in nine years that we did not make theplayoffs,” said Co-Lin coach Allen Kent. “But overall, this was agood day all-around. The girls played hard and left it all on thefield. Our pitching was outstanding and our defense did a greatjob.”

The Lady Wolves ended their season with an 24-18 worksheet and a12-12 South record in conference play. Co-Lin’s future looks brightas they only graduate four sophomores: Bethany Pinkston, HaleySones, Laken Lockhart and Erika Rutland.

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“I was very pleased with our effort and proud that we were able tosend our sophomores out with a win,” continued Kent. “We had a veryyoung team this year and our sophomores did a great job stepping upand provided leadership to the team and to the freshmen.”

The Lady Bears (14-24, 6-18), coached by Patsy Sandifer, saw their2011 campaign come to an end.

Co-Lin 5, Southwest 0

Sophomore Bethany Pinkston, a recent Delta State signee, provided astrong pitching performance in her final game as a Lady Wolf. Shecollected 11 strikeouts and allowed only one walk. Pinkston onlyallowed two hits for the game.

Ashley Grisaffe suffered the loss for the Lady Bears with fivestrikeouts and no walks.

Catcher Lakin Lockhart provided the offensive firepower for Co-Linwith a double and two singles. Carrie Moak produced more ammunitionwith a double and a single. Erika Rutland smashed two singles.Hitting safely were Ashley McCaffrey, Tammy Alford, Haley Sones,Stevie Ann Wright, Jamie Cochran and Kacey Smith.

“I had a great time and season with my teammates and coaches,” saidLockhart. “It has been fun playing here and I will miss it a lotwhen I graduate. I love the team so much.”

Lindsay Clark was the offensive leader for Southwest with a double.Erin Stuckey hit a single.

“We had the same troubles that we have had all year,” said CoachSandifer. “We struggle to produce runs when we need them. We have agreat group of girls here that loves to play but our hitting hasnot improved.

“It is weird that neither team is battling for a playoff spot, butI am glad to be able to give my sophomores their last hurrah in aSouthwest uniform.”

Co-Lin 2, Southwest 0

Freshmen pitcher Brooke Delaughter continued the Lady Wolves’dominance in the circle as she struck out four batters and walkednone. Sarah Anthony (0K, 0BB) and Pinkston (2K, 0BB) pitched thefinal two innings in relief. In a combined effort, the pitchingstaff only allowed three hits in the second game.

“We wanted to play our best to end the season,” said Pinkston. “Iwanted to do my best and finish my last season out with a bang. Ireally love this place and I will miss it a lot. I will miss myteammates and coaches. They have become a big part of myfamily.”

Shelbi Conerly adsorbed the loss for the Lady Bears with twostrikeouts and one walk.

Moak continued to have the hot bat for Co-Lin as she belted atriple. Erika Rutland produced two singles. Tammy Alford, AshleyBounds, Sones and Wright hit safely.

Southwest recorded three singles from Halli Sasser, Whitney Mooreand Clark to lead the offense.