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Gonzales pitches Co-Lin past PRCC

WESSON- Co-Lin freshman pitcher Brooke Gonzales authored a 1-hitter and the Lady Wolves eked out a 1-0 victory over the Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcats in Saturday’s South Division opener. Gonzales struck out 7 batters and walked none.

In Game 2, Pearl River pitcher Neely McCray scattered five hits in directed the Lady Wildcats to a 14-3 triumph. She struck out 3 batters and hit 1 batter.

Co-Lin (14-8-1, 1-5) and Pearl River (13-8, 4-2) eye a rematch April 13, at Poplarville. In the meantime, Co-Lin visits archrival Southwest Tuesday for a 3 p.m. twinbill.

Co-Lin 1, Pearl River 0

Hannah Roberts was hit by a pitch and Jaylee Fernandez beat out a bunt. Josie Porter followed with a double down the right field line to plate Roberts with the game’s only run.

“Brooke had an outstanding game.” said Co-Lin coach Allen Kent. “All of her pitches were working and she stayed ahead in the count. She’s been giving us a chance to win each time she’s in the circle. She really had it going today, it was fun to watch.”

Brittany LeBlanc (6-2) took the loss in the opener. She gave up 6 hits, struck out 7 and hit 2 batters.

Missy Romero doubled and singled for Co-Lin. Fernandez provide an RBI double. Kayla Craft, Kaitlin Moak and Josie Porter singled.

A single by Chelsea Page was the only hit for the Wildcats.

Pearl River 14, Co-Lin 3

McCray had plenty of support as the Wildcats (13-8, 4-2) finished with 12 hits. Allie Flynt, Emily Jackson and Kelsea Lewis each had 2 hits in the 5-inning victory.

“We are a much better team than we showed the second game,” said Coach Kent. “Pearl River is a very good team, they took advantage of all of our mistakes. We’ve got to put this one behind us and get ready for division play at Southwest on Tuesday.”

Kacie Berry homered and drove in 2 runs for Co-Lin. Josie Porter tripled. Romero, Craft, Hannah Roberts and Fernandez singled.

Missy Romero started on the mound for Co-Lin, going 2.2 innings. She gave up 5 hits and struck out 3. She was followed by Meghan Johnson who went 2.1 innings, allow.

A 7-run, third-inning explosion gave PRCC an 11-1 advantage.