Wolfpack sweep Southwest; wins the Coca-Cola/Powerade Challenge
WESSON – The Co-Lin Wolfpack snapped an eight game losing streak, sweeping a pair of South Division games from the Southwest Mississippi Bears to win the Coca-Cola/Powerade Challenge on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Wolfpack (11-25, 7-11) shut out the Bears 10-0 in seven innings in the opener and a 7-1 win in the nightcap.
“I am very proud of how our guys played today,” said Co-Lin head coach Clay Smith. “We pitched well, played good defense and got some big hits. Choc had a great day at the plate, and it was good to get two complete games out of our pitchers. Sweeping Southwest at home is a big deal, and we get to keep the Coca-Cola/Powerade trophy another year.”
Co-Lin 10, Southwest 0
After two scoreless innings, the Wolfpack took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning highlighted by a two-run home run by Adrian Brown followed by a solo home run by Stevie “Choc” Hubbard.
The Wolfpack added a run in the bottom of the fourth inning on Wesley Watts’ RBI single to right field that scored Dominic Savage.
Hubbard led off the fifth inning with a double to right field and advanced to third on Mitch Little’s sacrifice. Logan Smith’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Hubbard to push the Wolfpack lead to 5-0.
Co-Lin scored four runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Brown and Hubbard, and a two-run home run by Little.
The Wolves added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh as Colby Whitfield scored on an RBI single by Philip Lott.
Hubbard led the Wolves 13-hit attack going 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and a single for two RBIs. Brown homered and singled (2 RBIs). Watts had a pair of singles (1 RBI). Little homered for two RBIs. Savage doubled. Lott (1 RBI) and Whitfield added a single apiece.
Shane Brown recorded the complete game win for the Wolfpack. He pitched seven shutout innings struck out seven, walked three and scattered seven hits.
Jesse Travis took the loss for Southwest. He threw five innings, walked three, struck out one, and allowed five runs.
Co-Lin 7, Southwest 1
The Wolfpack continued their hot hitting as they got 11 hits off Southwest pitching.
Co-Lin took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Mitch Little’s RBI single to center field to score Lott.
In the bottom of the second, an RBI single by Wesley Watts, an RBI double by Choc Hubbard, and an RBI single by Little increased the Wolfpack lead to 4-0.
The Wolfpack increased their lead to 5-0 in the third as Dominic Savage doubled advanced to third and scored on two wild pitches.
Southwest scored their first run of the day in the fourth as Collin Carroll walked, advanced to second on a single by Trey Wynn and scored on an error to close the gap to 6-1.
The Wolfpack’s final run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth. Lott led off the inning with a single to right field. He stole second an scored on Hubbard’s double to right field.
Freshman Colby Whitfield earned the complete game win allowing no earned runs, six hits, striking out three, walking two in seven innings of work to eat up innings en route to the win.
Jason Milton took the loss for Southwest. He pitched 1.2 innings, walked one, struck out none and allowed four runs (two earned). Also seeing action on the mound were Sam Richard, who pitched 1.2 innings, allowed three runs on three hits and struck out one. J.D. Stockstill threw 2.2 innings, gave up no runs, allowed three hits, walked two and struck out one.
The Wolfpack were sparked at the plate by Little and Hubbard. Little went 3-for-4 with one RBI. Hubbard was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Dominic Savage and Konner Burke doubled. Adding support with a single apiece were Philip Lott, Adrian Brown, Logan Smith and Wesley Watts (1 RBI).
At the plate for the Bears, Trey Wynn and Logan Ferrell had a pair of singles. Adding support were Patric Devlin and Andrew Hulbert.
Co-Lin will host Hinds on Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. Watch live at www.colinathletics.com or listen on WMJU 104.3 FM in Brookhaven.
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