Lady Wolves split doubleheader with Holmes
GOODMAN – The Copiah-Lincoln Lady Wolves split a doubleheader with the Holmes Lady Bulldogs in softball action Monday. The Lady Wolves pounded Holmes in the opener 13-4 in six innings, the Lady Bulldogs bounced back to take the second game 8-3.
Lady Wolves 13, Lady Bulldogs 4
Co-Lin took a 1-0 lead in the first inning scoring on a Missy Romero RBI single.
Kayla Craft’s two-run home run to left field gave the Lady Wolves a 3-0 lead after two innings.
The Lady Wolves added three more runs in the top of the fifth. A sacrifice fly scored Brooke Laigast for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Hannah Roberts’s two-run home run, scoring Breanna McKenzie.
Co-Lin scored six runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Savannah Johnston, McKenzie and Romero, a fielder’s choice, and a two-run single by catcher Kacie Berry.
At the plate for the Lady Wolves, Laigast, McKenzie, and Berry had two singles apiece. Craft and Roberts homered. Also hitting safely was Julian Johnson.
For Holmes, Samantha Meadows led the way with a pair of singles. Hitting safely were Taylor Jordan and Nicole Waltman.
“Brooke was outstanding until she tweaked her non-throwing shoulder in the fifth inning,” said Co-Lin head coach Allen Kent. “Hopefully, it’s a minor problem. We really hit the ball well and played like we were suppose to.”
Lady Wolves starting pitcher Brooke Gonzales held Holmes to one hit and struck out three in 4.1 innings of work. Romero relieved Gonzales in the fifth inning. She allowed four runs (none earned) on three hits, walked one and struck out two. Katie Johnston absorbed the loss allowing 13 runs in six innings, walking two and striking out none.
Lady Bulldogs 8, Lady Wolves 3
Holmes took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning aided by two walks and an error. The Lady Bulldogs added another run in the second inning. Kally Kirk drew a one out walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. Katherine Pennington’s RBI single scored Kirk to put the Lady Bulldogs up 3-0.
Co-Lin added two runs in the top of the third. Beth Fortenberry led off with a single. With one out, Adrienne Wallace drew a walk. Savannah Johnston reached on an error and that allowed Fortenberry to score. Brooke Laigast’s RBI singled to right field plated Wallace to make the score 3-2.
The Lady Wolves tied the game in the top of the fourth inning. Hannah Roberts led off with a single to left field. Kaitlin Cooksey reached on an error that scored Roberts to tie the game at 3-all.
The Lady Bulldogs exploded for five runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a grand slam home run by Kally Kirk.
“Game 2 was a big disappointment,” said Kent. “We gave up four unearned runs and let them stay in the game. We were atrocious at the plate. We didn’t come to play. Holmes wanted it more than we did. We’ve got to have some people step up.”
Leading the way for Holmes was Gordon with three singles. Meadows doubled and singled. Kirk homered and Katherine Pennington singled.
Hitting safely for the Lady Wolves were Kacie Berry, Brooke Laigast, Breanna McKenzie, Missy Romero, Hannah Roberts, and Beth Fortenbery.
Picking up the win for Holmes was Brett Whitlock. She allowed three runs, struck out three, walked two and scattered six hits in seven innings.
Starter Missy Romero on-third of an inning allowing no earned runs, no hits, no walks and struck out none. Absorbing the loss for the Lady Wolves was Meghan Johnson. She walked four, struck out two, and allowed four runs in 4.2 innings of work. Payton Sheffield worked 1.1 innings allowing four runs on four hits, walked two and struck out two.
The Lady Wolves return to action on Friday when they travel to Tuscaloosa, AL, to play in the Shelton State Community College Tournament. Co-Lin will play Shelton State at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. On Saturday, they play West Georgia Tech at 11 a.m., Central Alabama at 1 p.m., and Southern Union (AL) at 3 p.m.