Wolves split with East Central
WESSON – Playing their first home games in two weeks, the Copiah-Lincoln Wolves split a divisional doubleheader with the East Central Warriors in Wesson on Tuesday. In the nine-inning opener the Wolves made the most of East Central pitching miscues to take an 8-4 win in a game that clocked in at three hours. In game two the Wolves had the tying run on second base with two outs, but could not get him home as East Central held on for a 5-4 win.
Co-Lin 8, East Central 4
East Central out-hit Co-Lin nine to six, but the Warriors stranded nine runners on base. Jeremy Moore led Co-Lin at the plate, collecting two extra-base hits. He doubled in the third inning and homered in the sixth inning.
Shane Brown recorded the win for Co-Lin. He allowed three runs over seven innings. Brown struck out five, walked three and gave up seven hits.
Moore, Adrian Brown, and Choc Hubbard combined for four hits and four RBIs.
Matthew Mitchell was charged with the loss. He lasted 2.1 innings, walked seven, struck out one, and allowed five runs. East Central used six pitchers in the game. The Warriors issued ten walks and hit three Co-Lin batters.
The top of the third saw East Central take an early lead, 1-0. However the game was never in doubt after the Co-Lin half of the third, as the Wolves scored five runs on an RBI double by Moore and a sacrifice fly by Brown.
After pushing across two runs in the top of the sixth, East Central faced just a 6-3 deficit. A two-run home run by Ben Cooley gave East Central life, but Brown got Reagan Warren to strike out to end the inning.
It didn’t take long for Co-Lin to answer as it scored two runs of its own in the sixth. The Wolves scored on a solo home run by Moore and an RBI single by Reed Taylor.
East Central 5, Co-Lin 4
Adrian Brown led Co-Lin at the plate by going 2-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. He doubled in the fifth inning and singled in the seventh inning.
Miles Thomas was solid in relief for Co-Lin. The freshman from Clinton allowed just one hit and struck out two during his 2.1 innings of work. Freshman Jackson Cole took the loss after lasting 4.2 innings. Cole walked four, struck out two, and allowed five runs.
Peyton Owens recorded the win for East Central. He allowed one run over four innings. He struck out none, walked three and surrendered two hits.
The top of the second saw East Central take an early lead, 2-0. Lane Fazende got things going for East Central with a double. Dylan Snypes singled, scoring Fazende. East Central padded the lead when Snypes scored on an RBI single by Matthew Mitchell.
Co-Lin scored two runs in the fifth inning, and matched that run total in the seventh. In the fifth the Wolves scored on an RBI double by Brown, plating Jordan Antley. In the seventh Choc Hubbard hit a two RBI double off of reliever Ben Cooley. Cooley had previously not surrendered an earned run all season. With Hubbard on second as the tying run and only one away, it looked like Co-Lin might complete the rally, but two consecutive outs following the Hubbard double would end the game. The Wolves made a combined eight errors in the two games.
Co-Lin (9-17, 2-10 Division) makes the long trip to Boonville on Friday for a doubleheader with Northeast beginning at 1 p.m. An audio broadcast of the game can be heard at colinathletics.com or on WMJU 104.3 FM in Brookhaven.