Trojans sweep pair from diamond Wolves
WESSON – The Mississippi Delta Trojans came into Wesson and swept the season opening doubleheader from the Wolfpack 10-0 and 7-3. Co-Lin travels to New Orleans on Tuesday to take on the Delgado Dolphins for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.
Trojans 10, Wolfpack 0
Delta stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the second, scoring four runs on an RBI double by Carson Crites and a two-run home run by Michael Beloso.
The Trojans built upon its lead with three runs in the fourth inning. A throwing error allowed Belso to open the scoring in the frame. That was followed up by Tyler Mize’s single, bringing home Connor Osborne. Jacob Shemport reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Ty Dean.
A Dean fielder’s choice scored Crites in the fifth inning to give the Trojans a 9-0 lead.
Danny Springer’s solo home run to left field in the sixth finished out the scoring for the Trojans.
“Hopefully our guys got a few jitters out of their system today,” said Co-Lin head coach Clay Smith. “Wilson threw really well for Delta. We really could not get anything going offensively and obviously they did a good job at the plate.”
Trojan pitching held Co-Lin to only four hits in the game. Starter Devonte Wilson tossed four innings of shutout ball scattering three hits, striking out five and walking one. Kyle Wilson pitched the fifth inning allowing one hit and striking out one. Taylor Case pitched the final inning striking out two, walking one and allowing no hits.
Absorbing the loss for the Wolfpack was freshman Shane Brown. He allowed eight runs on eight hits, struck out two and walked one in 3.1 innings of work. Stephen Barnett came on in relief in the fourth inning. He allowed one run on two hits, struck out one and walked one in 1.2 innings. Freshman Branden Canny pitched one inning allowing one run on one hit.
Delta pounded out 11 hits in the game. Mahone accounted for three hits a double and a pair of singles. Beloso homered and singled. Osborn added a pair of singles. Springer had a solo home run and Crites doubled. Adding a single apiece were Tyler Mize (1 RBI) and Colby Maner.
Hitting safely for the Wolfpack were Philip Lott, Blake Talbot, Konnor Burke and Adrian Brown.
Trojans 7, Co-Lin 3
A two-run fifth inning helped bring Wolfpack within three. An RBI triple by Adrian Brown and a passed ball gave Wolfpack life. The Co-Lin threat came to an end when Lane Williams finally got Mitch Little to strike out.
One run in the bottom of the sixth helped Wolfpack close its deficit to 7-3. An RBI single by Talbot sparked Co-Lin’s rally. But, Delta’s Lane Williams got Matthew Evans to fly out to end the inning.
“We played a lot better in the second game and had some better at bats,” said Smith. “We have a lot of freshmen playing so hopefully they will get better as the season goes on.”
For the Trojans at the plate, Springer homered and singled. Carson Crites added a pair of singles and Jacob Shempert hit safely.
At the plate for the Wolfpack, Blake Talbot went 2-3, drove in one and scored one run. He doubled in the fifth inning and singled in the sixth inning.
Shortstop Ryan Young singled twice. Brown tripled. Adding a single was Little.
Paul Carpenter picked up the win for the Trojans. He tossed 4.2 innings allowing two runs on five hits and struck out three. Williams pitched 1.1 innings allowing one run on one hit, striking out two and walking one. Matt Ray pitched a shutout inning and struck out one.
Freshman Alex Smith absorbed the loss for Co-Lin. He allowed four runs on two hits, struck out four and walked four in 3.2 innings. Steven Chisholm relieved Smith in the fourth inning allowing one run, two hits, stuck out one and walked two. Welsey Watts pitching a scoreless inning. Casey Hurley allowed two runs on one hit.