Wolfpack slug Henry Ford
WESSON – Korey Allen realized his first career victory at Co-Lin Thursday afternoon and he got plenty of run support. The Wolfpack whipped Henry Ford (Mich.) Community College 14-9 on Sullivan Field, powered by Matt Smith’s 3-run homer and Jarvis Wilbert’s 3-RBI double in the 5-inning game.
“I was happy to see Korey pitch today after having shoulder surgery,” in late November, said Co-Lin coach Keith Case. “We went out there and did what we were supposed to do.”
Case’s crew beat Henry Ford 11-3 Tuesday as the Hawks continued their snowbird tour of Mississippi. Case pointed out, “They (Hawks) have been living in a motel room for a week and I know they’re tired. They are trying to prepare for their conference season.”
Co-Lin raised its record to 11-3-1 with Thursday’s win. Allen, a slender 6-foot-1, 160-pound right-hander from Brookhaven (Loyd Star), held the Hawks scoreless in 2.1 innings of mound duty, striking out 1 batter, walking 2 and allowing 4 hits.
The Wolves continued swinging big bats. They had 9 hits in the abbreviated game and greeted HFCC starter Kyle Burkholder with a 4-run first. Smith’s sacrifice fly plated Noel Santos who had singled. Willie Buckley hit an RBI single. Zac Ferguson smashed a hard line drive off Burkholder’s lower leg, ending his mound duty.
In the second, relief pitcher Troy Bogenschutz hit the first 2 Co-Lin batters, setting the stage for Smith’s 3-run shot, making it 7-zip. Wilbert’s 3-run double to deep center field pushed the lead to 10-0. Keith Martin’s RBI single made it 11-0.
In the third, Allen gave up 2 singles and hit a batter to load the bases with 1 out. Corey Pouncey replaced him on the mound and finished the game.
Pouncey, a freshman right-hander from
Alexander City, Ala. allowed 4 hits. He struck out 3 batters and walked 1.
Santos smashed a liner off the leaping shortstop’s glove and turned it into a triple, sliding safely into third. Martin and Santos each had 2 hits in the game. Santos turned a double play in the top of the fifth to cool the Hawks’ comeback effort.