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Co-Lin splits with Kaskaskia College

DAILY LEADER / NATALIE DAVIS / Ryan Young gets one of his two hits in game two.

DAILY LEADER / NATALIE DAVIS / Ryan Young gets one of his two hits in game two.

WESSON – The Co-Lin Wolves provided head coach Clay Smith with his first career home win when they held off the Kaskaskia College Blue Devils, 5-4, in game two of their doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils took game one, 5-1, over the Wolves.

Kaskaskia 5, Co-Lin 1 

The Wolves (2-8) and visitor from Centralia, Ill. were scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when the Blue Devils (2-6) put four runs on the board. Willie Estrada put Kaskaskia up with a three run home run off of Wolves pitcher Shane Brown. Brown (0-2) gave up five hits and struck out one in 3.1 innings of work.

The Wolves would get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 4th when Adrian Brown reached on a throwing error that allowed Stevie “Choc” Hubbard to score on the play. Hubbard led the Wolves at the plate by going 3-for-3, including a triple, on the day. Dominic Savage, Wesley Watts, Konner Burke, and Logan Smith all went 1-for-3 with a single for the Wolves. Co-Lin left runners stranded on second and third in the fifth inning.

CJ Schildt picked up the win for Kaskaskia.

“Still got to grow up some and learn how to finish games. I was proud of how the guys were able to refocus and play better in the second game,” said Smith.

Co-Lin 5, Kaskaskia 4 

The Wolves were led by a solid game at the plate from Ryan Young and a strong start on the mound from freshman Steven Chisolm.

Young, a sophomore shortstop, went 2-3 and scored two runs. He doubled in the third inning and singled in the sixth inning. Chisolm (1-0), a Magee High product, allowed four runs in five innings of work. He struck out five, walked one, and gave up four hits to pick up his first career win.

“Kaskaskia is a quality program and our guys pulled out a good win, even when things got close late. Steven gave us a quality start and Cory Funk did a great job of coming in a getting the save,” said Smith.

Funk, a Loyd Star product, pitched two inning and gave up one hit. Funk recorded the final out in a high pressure situation after Kaskaskia put the tying run on third base with one out remaining in the game.

The Wolves took the lead for good in the fourth inning when Philip Lott hit an RBI single to score Konner Burke. Later in the same inning the Blue Devils would issue an intentional walk to Co-Lin’s Hubbard. Mitch Little, the batter behind Hubbard in the lineup, would make Kaskaskia pay with a two run single that scored Dominic Savage and Lott and the Co-Lin lead was 5-2.

Jared Waldhoff took the loss for Kaskaskia.

The Wolves return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 26 when they host Baton Rouge for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.