Co-Lin Lady Wolves Sweep East Miss.

Published 10:21 pm Friday, March 22, 2013

SCOOBA — The Co-Lin Lady Wolves completed a 4-0 season sweep over North Division-leading East Mississippi Community College. Co-Lin won the opener 10-0 in five innings and mounted a comeback to take the nightcap 6-3.

“These were two good road wins against a very good offensive team,” said Co-Lin coach Allen Kent. “They’ve scored a good many runs this year and will compete for the North Division title.

“We’re giving our girls a much-needed couple of days off after playing the entire spring break,” said Kent. “We played very solid defensively. Porter and Moak made some really good plays out there today.”

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The Lady Wolves 17-9-1 resume South Division play Tuesday at Hinds.

Co-Lin 10, EMCC 0

Game 1 saw freshman Brooke Gonzales handcuff the Lady Lions with a 1-hit shutout. Gonzales struck out 3 and walked 2, raising her record to 10-3 on the season.

Kaitlin Moak opened the scoring in the first with a 1 out single and a stolen base. Missy Romero delivered a 2-out single to plate Moak.

In the second, Bradi Davis drilled a leadoff triple, Elizabeth Cliburn beat out an infield single and Makenzie Rials walked to load the bases. A fielder’s choice gunned down Davis with a force out at home. With 2 out and bases loaded, Moak was hit by a pitch and Karla Beth Hux drew a walk for an RBI. Romero cleared the bases with a 3-run double to left center for a 6-0 lead.

In the 4th, Josie Porter singled and Hux reached on an error. Romero and Kayla Craft both hit into a fielder’s choice. With 2 out, Davis, Shelby Mitchell and Cliburn each delivered RBI singles, extending the lead to 10-0.

Romero’s 4 RBI directed the hitting attack, while Cliburn and Moak’s 2 singles helped the cause.

“All 10 of our runs were scored with two outs,” said Coach Kent. “We finally got some clutch hitting. Hopefully we can carry that over into division play. “Brooke did a really good job of staying ahead in the count. We played very good defense behind her.”

Co-Lin 6, EMCC 3

Porter was hit by a pitch in the first and stole second. Hux delivered a single to left for a 1-0 lead.

The hosts tied it in the bottom half. In the second, the Lady Lions took a 2-1 lead off of starter Missy Romero. In the fifth, Davis tripled to right and scored on an RBI single by Jaylee Fernandez for a 2-2 tie.

EMCC regained the lead 3-2 in the bottom half, chasing Romero. Meghan Johnson came on in relief and limited the damage, getting out of a bases-loaded jam.

In the 6th, the Lady Wolves took the lead for good as Romero smoked a 1-out double to left center. Beth Fortenberry reached on an error and Davis delivered an RBI single. Shelby Mitchell smacked an RBI single to center and Fernandez reached on an error to plate another run.

With 2 out in the 7th, Johnson allowed a single to center. Gonzales entered in relief and hit the next batter, bringing the potential tying run to the plate. Gonzales bore down and struck out the next batter to end the threat and earn the save.

Romero pitched 4 innings and allowed 2 earned runs on 6 hits with 3 strikeouts and 3 walks. Johnson earned the win, tossing 2.2 innings. She gave up 2 hits and no runs with one walk, raising her record to 5-4.

Davis’ triple, single and 2 runs scored paced the Lady Wolves.