Wolfpack sweep Southwest, win Coca-Cola Challenge

Published 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SUMMIT – Third baseman Matt Smith went 4-for-8 and drove in eight runs on the day as the Co-Lin Wolfpack swept the Southwest Mississippi Bears in the first double header in the Coca-Cola-Powerade Challenge. The Wolfpack (15-10, 5-3) rallied to take a 7-4 victory in the opener and took a 10-7 win in the nightcap. Southwest falls to 9-17 overall and 0-6 in the division. With the sweep, the Wolfpack win the Challenge for the second year in a row. The second doubleheader of the Coca-Cola-Powerade Challenge is scheduled for April 17, at 3 p.m. in Wesson.

Co-Lin 7, Southwest 4

Brandon Austin led off the bottom of the first inning with a single to centerfield. With one out, Collin Carroll singled to left field. Kendric Hodges drew a walk to load the bases. Frank Rodriguez delivered a two-out base-clearing double to right field to give Southwest a 3-0 lead.

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The Bears plated another run in the second as Logan Ferrell was hit by a pitch. Brandon Austin’s RBI doubled to centerfield to increase the Southwest lead to 4-0.

Jonathan Santana led off the fourth inning with a single to centerfield. Christopher Perry singled to left field. Smith drilled a line drive home run to left field to close the lead to 4-3. Milton Griffin reached on an error and stole second. With one out, Will Gatlin reached on a throwing error. Philip Lott’s RBI single to left field tied the game at 4-all.

The Wolfpack took the lead in the fifth inning. Santana led off the inning with a line drive single to centerfield. Courtesy runner Kyle Cross advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Cross advanced to third on Perry’s sacrifice to centerfield. Smith’s ground out to third scored Cross.

Co-Lin added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. With one out, Santana doubled to left field. Perry’s RBI single to right field increased the Wolfpack lead to 6-4. Perry stole second base and Dominique Savage reached on an error. Perry scored on a passed ball to give the Wolfpack a 7-4 lead.

Southwest threatened in the bottom of the inning. Austin reached on a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Carroll singled to left. Wolfpack pitcher Tyler Simmons got Kade Scivicque to ground out to third base to end the game.

Simmons pitched a complete game picking up the win for the Wolfpack. He allowed four runs over seven innings, struck out four, walked one and gave up seven hits.

Santana went 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of singles. Smith homered for four RBIs. Perry singled twice. Adding support were Lott and Savage.

Dylan Gregoire absorbed the loss for Southwest allowing six runs (five earned), six hits, striking out seven, walking two and hitting one batter. Colton Lee came on in relief in the seventh. He allowed one run (unearned), two hits, struck out one and walked one.

At the plate for the Bears, Austin doubled and singled. Carroll had a pair of singles. Rodriguez (3 RBIs), Scvicque, and Hulbert added support with a single apiece.

Co-Lin 10, Southwest 7

The Wolfpack jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. A single by Cole Page plated Caleb Dugas who drew a lead off walk. Co-Lin added more runs when Santana and Page scored on a two-run double by Matt Smith.

Southwest answered scoring three runs of its own in the first. The Bears scored on an error and a two-run single by Rodriguez.

Co-Lin added three more runs in the second inning on an error, a passed ball, and a walk by Page to go up 6-3.

After posting one run in the second, Southwest scored one in the fifth as Austin scored on a wild pitch to pull the Bears to 6-4.

The Wolfpack plated four runs in the fourth to take a 10-4 lead. Shane McKinley led off the inning with a single. Santana kept his hitting streak going by singling to right field. Page drew a walk to load the bases. McKinley scored on a passed ball. Smith’s two-run single to left gave the Wolfpack a 9-4 lead. With two outs, Ryan Young singled to left field to plate Smith for the final Co-Lin run.

Two runs in the bottom of the fourth helped Southwest close its deficit to 10-6. An RBI double by Scivicque and an RBI single by Hodges fueled Southwest’s comeback. Wolfpack pitcher Gage Miles got Rodriguez to strike out to end the threat.

The Bears added another run in the bottom of the fifth. Anthony Durr led off with a single to left and advanced to second on an error. With one out, Hulbert singled to left to score Durr as the Bears trailed 10-7.

Julio Rivera got the win allowing four runs (none earned), four hits, striking out two and walking two in 1.2 innings of work. Also seeing action on the mound was Gage Miles (3ER, 4H, 2K, 1BB, 2.2 innings), Casey Hurley relieved Miles in the fifth (3ER, 4H, 2K, 1BB), and Tyler Case (0R, 0H, 2K, 1 BB, 1 inning).

Leading Co-Lin at the plate was Smith with a double and a pair of singles (4RBIs). Young singled three times and McKinley added a pair of singles. Adding support with a single apiece were Dugas, Santana, Page (2RBIs) and Perry.

Kyle Crifasi took the loss for the Bears. He allowed six earned runs, five hits, walked five and struck out four in 3 innings. Chase Ladd pitched the remaining four innings allowing one earned run, seven hits, and striking out one.

Co-Lin will resume action on Tuesday when they host East Central for a South Division double header beginning at 3 p.m. The Wolfpack football team will receive their State Championship rings in between games.