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No. 1 Jones County sweeps Co-Lin

CO-LIN MEDIA / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin's Mattie Avants lays down a bunt in Wednesday softball action against Jones County.

CO-LIN MEDIA / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin’s Mattie Avants lays down a bunt in Wednesday softball action against Jones County.

WESSON – The Jones County Lady Bobcats, ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation, swept a doubleheader from the Copiah-Lincoln Lady Wolves on Wednesday. Jones pounded out 18 hits in taking a 10-2 win in game one. In the nightcap, Co-Lin had twelve hits, but could not overcome five errors in a 12-3 Jones win.

Jones County 10, Co-Lin 2 

Jones County broke the game open with six runs in the top of the fourth. An error scored Savannah Lyon to start the scoring in the inning. That was followed up by Tori Dew’s single, scoring Shelby Nelson.

One run in the bottom of the fourth helped Co-Lin close the deficit to 10-1. A sacrifice fly by Kaitlyn Taylor plated the first Co-Lin run. The Co-Lin rally came to an end when Rachel Hayes got Brittany Barbay to strike out.

Payton Sheffield went 2-3 at the plate to lead Co-Lin. Savannah Johnston, Breanna McKenzie, Mattie Avants and Jessica Crum all hit safely for the Lady Wolves. Sheffield hit an RBI single in the fifth inning that provided the second Co-Lin run.

Kamry Creel took the loss in the circle after giving up six runs on ten hits in 3.1 innings of work. Rachel Hayes picked up the win for Jones County.

“Jones came in and showed why they are ranked No. 1,” Lady Wolves Head Coach Allen Kent said. “Defensively we kicked it around some and extended some innings.”

Jones County 12, Co-Lin 3 

Jones County quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning. Lauren Holifield hit a two-run homerun in the inning, which was immediately followed by a solo homerun by Brittany Seale. Holifield would add another homerun in the seventh inning. Holifield, Seale, Kaylyn Watts and Tori Dew combined for nine hits and eight RBIs for the Lady Bobcats.

One run in the bottom of the fourth helped Co-Lin close to within 7-1. An RBI double by Brittany Barbay plated the first Co-Lin score of the game.

Two Co-Lin runs crossed the plate in the bottom half of the fifth, making the score 9-3. An RBI single by Kaitlyn Taylor and an RBI single by Lauren Brashier provided the runs. Barbay, Taylor, Jessica Crum and Greta Carley each had two hits apiece for Co-Lin. Brashier, Kristen Byrd, Payton Sheffield and Julian Johnson all hit safely for Co-Lin.

Lucy Lewis suffered the loss after surrendering four runs. Teri Richey tossed a complete game in picking up the win for Jones.

“We had some chances to score in both games but left the bases loaded a couple times and couldn’t get the hits when we needed them,” said Kent.

Co-Lin (13-15, 7-15 Division) next plays on Wednesday at Meridian. First pitch of the divisional doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.