Lady Wolves slug East Miss.
WESSON — The Co-Lin Lady Wolves raised their season softball record to 12-0-1 with a Wednesday doubleheader sweep over East Mississippi Community College. Co-Lin won the opener 10-5 and the finale 9-3.
Co-Lin hosts No. 4-ranked LSU-Eunice Monday at 2 p.m., making up a rainout from last week.
Co-Lin 10, EMCC 5
The Lady Wolves erupted for an 8-run first inning and never looked back in game 1. Josie Porter drew a
leadoff walk and stole second. Kayla Craft was hit by a pitch and Karla Beth Hux doubled to left for an RBI. Hannah Roberts walked and freshman Missy Romero, from Canyon Lake, Texas, smacked a 2-run single. Shelby Mitchell followed with a 2-run single. With 1 out, Kaitlin Moak delivered an RBI single. Porter singled to center to load the bases. Craft stroked a 3 run double to left for an 8-0 lead.
Romero drilled a 2 run double to right center for a 10-1, third-inning lead.
Co-Lin would respond in the bottom half as Moak singled and Bradi Davis reached on an error. Craft delivered an RBI single. Hux singled, setting the stage for Romero’s 2-run double to right center to end the game via the 8 run rule and a 13-5 victory.
Romero’s 2 doubles and single for 6 RBI led the charge for Co-Lin. Hux was 4-for-4 with a double and an RBi. Craft had a double and 2 singles for 4 RBI. Moak singled twice and scored twice as the Lady Wolves pounded out 14 hits in the contest.
Freshman Brooke Gonzales, from Live Oak, La., pitched all five innings, raising her record to 6-0. She struck out 6 with no walks, allowing 5 hits and 2 earned runs.
“We did a great job with the bats, collecting 14 hits in for the game,” said Co-Lin coach Allen Kent. “Brooke did a good job of staying ahead in the count. We had a bad hop error and a couple of balls that should have been caught in the outfield, but otherwise played solid defense.
Co-Lin 7, EMCC 3
Co-Lin opened the scoring in the second as Romero reached on an error. Freshman Beth Fortenberry from Natchez Cathedral smashed a 2-run homer to left. Starting pitcher Meghan Johnson legged out an infield single. Josie Porter drilled a single to left. Craft doubled to left center for and RBI, followed by an RBI single by Hux for a 4-0 lead.
The Lady Lions scratched a run in the third and 2 in two more in the 4th, trimming the lead to 4-3. Chynna Coghlan replaced Johnson with 2 out and 2 on in the 4th and ended the threat with a fly ball to left.
Co-Lin stretched the lead in the 5th as Hannah Roberts singled to left and Romero doubled to left center for an RBI and Kacie Berry plated Romero with a single to left for a 6-3 lead.
The Lady Wolves added 3 more in the 6th as Elizabeth Cliburn and Porter hit back to back singles. Hux followed with an RBI double to left center. Porter scored on a groundout by Roberts. Romero continued her hot streak with an RBI single to left for a 9-3 lead.
Romero replaced Coghlan in the 7th to seal the win. Johnson earned the win, pitching 3 and 2/3 innings. Coghlan allowed 5 hits, with 1 walk and 2 hit batters for 2 earned runs.
Coghlan tossed 2 and 1/3 scoreless innings with 1 hit and 1 strikeout. Romero pitched a scoreless 7th.
Porter paced the hitting barrage with 3 singles and 2 runs scored. Hux and Romero each doubled and singled for 2 RBI. Every Co-Lin starter had at least one hit as the Lady Wolves pounded out 14 hits. “Again, I was very pleased with our offense as we kept getting it done with runners in scoring position, ” said Kent. “Twenty-eight hits in 11 innings is big. We showed a lot of discipline at the plate.
” We collected 6 or 7 hits off of changeups on the day. It was good to come out and execute this well after not having played in 11 days due to rainouts.”