Lady Wolves sweep Southwest in season opener
SUMMIT – The Co-Lin Lady Wolves racked up 20 runs as they swept the season-opening doubleheader 9-7 and 11-0 against the Southwest Lady Bears Monday afternoon. Five different Co-Lin players hit home runs in the two games, including a grand slam from Brittany Barbay.
Co-Lin 9, Southwest 7
Co-Lin opened strong plating four runs in the first inning. Trevlyn Scott, in her first colligiate at bat, hit a three-run shot deep into right center. This was the first of many home runs to come for the Lady Wolves. Southwest answered, bringing in one run in the bottom of the first. In the top of the third Diana Hobgood added more runs with the deep ball, after a two run shot. The offense continued to click as Kaitlyn Taylor added a solo shot to left in the fourth. Going into the bottom of the seventh inning, Co-Lin had a comfortable lead 9-3.
But the Lady Bears would try to mount a rally in the bottom of the seventh. A two RBI double by Southwest’s Gianca Holmes cut the Co-Lin lead to 9-5. Two more runs would cross the plate for Southwest before Taylor provided two strikeouts to end the contest.
“We hit the ball great, I was just a little disappointed with our late defense in this game,” said Co-Lin head coach Allen Kent.
Taylor got the win for the Lady Wolves allowing two earned runs on seven hits, striking out seven and walking one in four innings of work. Brashier threw two innings giving up four runs on eight hits, striking out one and walking two.
Absorbing the loss for Southwest was Mary Fulton. She allowed six runs on nine hits, struck out none and walked none in 2.1 innings. Gianca Holmes pitched 4.2 innings allowing one earned run on four hits and struck out one.
Scott led the Lady Wolves hitting attack with a home run and a single (3 RBIs). Crum added three hits (1 RBI). Hobgood had a home run and a single (2 RBIs). Taylor added a home run and a single (1 RBI). Lauren Brashier doubled and Mackenzie Byrd singled twice. Also adding support with a single was Kamryn Vanlandingham.
At the plate for Southwest, Emily Tuminello led the way with a home run and two singles. Jenna Duff added a double and two singles, Holmes added a double and a single.
Austin Pruitt and Kayla Sanchez had two singles apiece. Adding support with a single apiece were Jessie Patton, Jenny Hudson and Jane McEwen.
Co-Lin 11, Southwest 0 (5 innings)
In the second game, it was all Lady Wolves. Sophomore Brittany Barbay hit a grand slam in the first inning to put Co-Lin up 4-0.
Kamryn Vanlandingham’s RBI sacrifice fly would add another run in the second inning.
By the end of an eventful third inning the Lady Wolves led 9-0. Crum would add a fourth inning solo home run, and Kayla Britt knocked the final run in the fifth.
Southwest had no answer for Co-Lin pitcher Trevlyn Scott. Southwest managed just one hit. Scott also allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out one during her three innings of work. Kamry Creel pitched the final two innings allowing no runs, two hits and struck out one.
“I was very pleased with Scott and Creel in the circle today. We were also disciplined at the plate, and hit well throughout the line up,” said Kent.
Barbay had a grand slam and single (4 RBIs). Crum added a home run and a single (1 RBI), Taylor (1 RBI) and Scott added a pair of singles apiece. Byrd added 3 singles. Hitting safely were Vanlandingham (1 RBI), Brashier, Jamie Martin (1 RBI) and Mattie Avants (1 RBI).
Rebecca Davis suffered the loss for the Lady Bears. She allowed 11 runs on 16 hits, struck out two, walked one in five innings of work.
Tuminello, McKenzie Brock and Jenny Hudson singled for Southwest.
Co-Lin will host Itawamba for a doubleheader on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m.