Co-Lin softball splits series with Itawamba

Published 10:30 am Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Co-Lin Media / Natalie Davis / Co-Lin's Kaitlyn Taylor collects her second win of the season Sunday afternoon against Itawamba.

Co-Lin Media / Natalie Davis / Co-Lin’s Kaitlyn Taylor collects her second win of the season Sunday afternoon against Itawamba.

WESSON – Sunday’s contests had several highs and lows for the Co-Lin Lady Wolves. Co-Lin overcame a seventh inning rally from the Itawamba Lady Indians in Game 1 with a walk-off single from Jessica Crum to take an 8-7 win. The Lady Indians came roaring back in Game 2 scoring 15 runs in the sixth inning to take a 15-0 win.

Co-Lin 8, Itawamba 7

Co-Lin’s bats started the game hot, scoring two runs in the first inning. Diana Hobgood had a strong at bat walking with the bases loaded scored courtesy runner Katie Grace Culpepper for the first run of the game. Lauren Brashier followed up with a single, which scored Trevlyn Scott.

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In the fourth inning, ICC’s Kaitlin Bradley would knock in the first run for Itawamba. Mamie Hollenhead immediately followed with an RBI single that tied the game at 2-all.

Co-Lin would answer in the bottom of the sixth inning with a three run inning. Jessica Crum fired up the offense with a solo shot to center field to start the inning. Brittney Barbay scored on a passed ball. Co-Lin’s Kayla Britt remained disciplined at the plate with the bases loaded and drew a walk that scored Culpepper to give the Lady Wolves a 5-2 lead.

In the top of the seventh, ICC scored five runs in the inning to take a 7-5 lead. Sheneria Tyes belted a double to double to center field that scored two runs. Lane Kennedy hit an RBI single that tied the game at 5-all. Alex Brown followed with a double that would plate two runs.

In Co-Lin’s final at bat, Kamryn Vanlandingham RBI single to left with the bases loaded scored Lauren Brashier narrowing the ICC’s lead 7-6. Jessica Crum had a walk-off line drive single to center field that would score Makenzie Byrd and Kaitlyn Taylor to give the Lady Wolves the 8-7 win.

“I was proud of how we battled in Game 1,” said Co-Lin head coach Allen Kent. “We got behind a couple of times and showed resiliency. We were fairly disciplined at the plate and came up with some timely hits. It was a good comeback win for us with three clutch runs in the bottom of the seventh.”

Kaitlyn Taylor earned the win for the Lady Wolves with four earned runs, nine hits, one strike out, and one walk in seven innings. Kamry Creel pitched in the seventh allowing three earned runs, four hits, no strikeouts, and no walks.

Carleigh Mills absorbed the loss for ICC with five earned runs, eight hits, one strike out and four walks in 4.1 innings. Taylor Cresap threw 1.2 innings with no earned runs, two hits, one strikeout, and one walk. Cassidy Hardy pitched 0.1 innings with three earned runs, three hits, no strikeouts, and one walk.

Crum led the Co-Lin offense with a home run, double and two singles (2 RBIs). Brashier added three hits (1 RBI). Barbay tacked on two singles. Also adding support with a single apiece were Vanlandingham (1 RBI), Trevlynn Scott, Dianna Hobgood (1 RBI) and Jamie Martin. Kayla Britt had an RBI.

Leading ICC was Lane Kennedy with three hits and one RBI. Alex Brown had two doubles (2 RBIS). Also hitting safely were Kaitlin Bradley, Mamie Hollenhead, Addie Thompson, Katie Channel, Bree Thompson, Bre Harford, Katrina Wilson and Sheneria Tyes (2 RBIs).

Co-Lin Media / Lucas Calvert / Co-Lin catcher Jessica Crum hits a home run to straight away centerfield in Sunday's softball action against Itawamba.

Co-Lin Media / Lucas Calvert / Co-Lin catcher Jessica Crum hits a home run to straight away centerfield in Sunday’s softball action against Itawamba.

ICC 15, Co-Lin 0 (6 innings)

The second game was a pitching battle through five innings of play; however, ICC’s bats came to life in the sixth inning as they pounded out 15 runs.

“We just had one of those innings where everything went their way,” said Kent. “Trevlyn pitched really well until then, but we couldn’t get much going offensively. Itawamba is a solid team, as this was a good non-division test for us.”

Scott absorbed the loss for Co-Lin with seven earned runs, six hits, two strikeouts, and one walk in 5.1 innings. Kamry Creel also threw in the sixth inning allowing eight earned runs, nine hits, no strikeouts, and no walks. Lauren Brashier pitched 0.2 innings with no earned runs, hits, strikeouts, and walks.

Kaitlin McDuffy threw a six-inning shutout for ICC scattering four hits and striking out two.

Crum led the team once again at the plate with a pair of singles. Taylor doubled and Brashier added a single.

Hollenfield led ICC with three hits. Bradley had two singles (1 RBI). Alex Brown, Addie Thompson, Channel (3 RBIs), and Wilson doubled. Adding support were Lane Kennedy, Taylor Thorton, Mary Kansas Sullivan, Maura Jane Autry and Addie Thompson.

Co-Lin (3-1) is back in action Thursday when it travels to Baton Rouge to take on the Baton Rouge Lady Bears for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.