Anglin’s single pushes Co-Lin past Archers in 12

Published 7:00 pm Sunday, March 10, 2013

WESSON – Dylan Anglin was looking for something to hit. The Co-Lin designated hitter saw what he wanted, connected and sent Matt Smith home with the winning run as the Wolfpack won a 5-4 Friday night decision against St. Louis Community College in a 12-inning marathon at Sullivan Stadium.

Anglin, a 6-foot, 210-pound freshman from Sumrall, was mobbed by his happy teammates after he rounded second base.

“I was looking for something straight, either a changeup or a fastball,” said Anglin as he shed a portion of his uniform in the dugout after the game. “I just knew I had to hit it there.”

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Anglin’s connection off St. Louis relief pitcher Jay Heller ended a 3-hour and 15-minute game in dramatic fashion. Smith had reached on an error and advanced on Shane McKinley’s sacrifice bunt. Anglin sent the baseball past Heller’s right leg and it skipped over the second base bag into center field.

Co-Lin head coach Keith Case said he was pleased with the victory. “That was fun. I told our guys we beat a very good St. Louis team.”

Case, in his 21st season at Co-Lin, has officially announced his plans to leave the program after the season. His decision was brought before the Co-Lin Board of Trustees at Thursday night’s meeting. He teaches math at Co-Lin and serves as assistant athletic director.

“I really like Co-Lin and these years have meant a lot to me,” said Case. “I just feel like it is time for a change for me and my family.”

Co-Lin (10-7) begins South Division play Tuesday, hosting the Hinds Community College Eagles for a doubleheader.

“This game helps get us ready for the conference race,” said Case. “Our guys have been playing well. We were a little sluggish early but when it came down to it, we got aggressive.”

The Archers greeted Co-Lin starting pitcher Tyler Simmons. Designated hitter and starting pitcher Mike Ehrhard hit a solo homer that just cleared the left field wall. They went up 2-0 in the third on an RBI single to left field by Larry Schimsa.

Co-Lin gained a 2-2 knot in the fourth and went up 3-2 on a balk. Caleb Dugas led off with a double to the base of the left field fence. Jonathan Santana was hit by a pitch and Smith reached on a single, loading the bases with no out.

A sacrifice fly by Cole Page plated Co-Lin’s first run of the game. Ehrhard committed back-to-back balks, allowing the second and third runs to score.

In the top of the sixth, Julio Rivera replaced Simmons on the mound, with the scored tied 3-3. An RBI double by Enrique Finol pushed the Archers ahead. Ehrhard doubled over the right-fielder’s head and his team led 5-3.

In the bottom of the ninth, Co-Lin produced a 2-run rally. Anglin singled to right field off southpaw relief pitcher Chris Kirkpatrick. Perry laid down a sacrifice bunt. Dominic Savage and Ryan Young drew walks to load the bases. That set the stage for Gabe Wilson’s game-tying sacrifice fly to center field, making it 5-5.

Sophomore right-hander Tyler Case tossed the 11th and 12th innings to notch the win. Case gave up 2 hits and struck out 2 batters. His infield turned a double play in the 11th to kill a threat.

Smith finished with 4 hits. Anglin had 3 hits.