Lady Wolves win big over East Mississippi

Published 11:00 am Friday, March 11, 2016

SCOOBA – The Co-Lin Lady Wolves had another impressive day from the plate as the team scored 20 runs in a two-game sweep over East Mississippi. The Lady Wolves took the opener 11-2 and Game Two 9-1.

Big innings in both games allowed the Lady Wolves to take commanding leads.

Co-Lin will be back in action Sunday as the Lady Wolves host Mississippi Delta. Listen to the action live on or WMUJ 104.3 in Brookhaven.

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Co-Lin 11, East Miss 2 

The Lady Wolves plated two runs in the top of the first inning that ignited the hot bats for Co-Lin. Jessica Crum doubled to center field scoring Brittany Barbay, who singled. Courtesy runner Katie Grace Culpepper came across the plate on a fielder’s choice to put the Lady Wolves up 2-0. In the bottom half of the inning, the Lady Lions answered by bringing one run home to cut the lead to 2-1.

Kaitlyn Taylor

Kaitlyn Taylor

Makenzie Byrd

Makenzie Byrd

Co-Lin added to their lead in the top of the second inning. Lauren Brashier singled to right that scored Mackenzie Byrd. Crum singled to left that plated Barbay for the second time of the game. East Mississippi fought back at the plate and scored another run, which brought the score to 4-2.

The teams remained scoreless until the top of the fifth inning as the Lady Wolves exploded for seven runs. Kaitlyn Taylor and Trevlynn Scott got the inning started with back-to-back singles. Kamryn Vanlandingham followed suit and singled to third bringing Taylor across the plate. After an 11-pitch battle, Kayla Britt drew a walk to load the bases for Jamie Martin. Martin ripped a line drive to center field that scored Mattie Avants (courtesy runner for Scott). Barbay kept the streak alive with a belt to left field that scored Vanlandingham and Britt. Brashier hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Byrd, who was running for Martin. Jessica Crum continued her power hitting with a two-run homer to left that scored Barbay that increased the Co-Lin lead to 11-2.

“We really broke it open in the fifth with some clutch hits,” said Lady Wolves head coach Allen Kent. “Martin came up with a big two-run single for us.”

At the plate for the Lady Wolves, Crum had a home run, double and single for four RBIs. Barbay had a double and a pair of singles (1 RBI). Vanlandingham (1 RBI), Taylor, and Scott all finished game one with two singles apiece. Hobgood doubled. Brashier (2 RBIs) and Martin (1 RBI) hit safely.

For Mississippi Delta, Blake Rigdon, Mallory Vance, Marissa Landrum, and Molly McLeod led the Lady Lions with one hit apiece.

Taylor earned the win for Co-Lin scattering four hits, allowing two runs (1 earned), struck out five in five innings of work.

Valiree Blair suffered the loss for East Mississippi tossing four innings. She gave up five earned runs on 11 hits, and walked three. Jordan Self threw one inning, giving up five earned runs on four hits, and walked one.

Co-Lin 9, East Miss 1 

After a scoreless first inning, the Lady Wolves jumped in front with a three-run second. Brashier plated the first run with a ground ball that scored Greta Carley who reached base on a walk. Crum immediately followed with a grounder to third that scored Byrd who singled in her at bat. Brashier scored the final run of the inning after a passed ball.

Lauren Brashier

Lauren Brashier

Jessica Crum

Jessica Crum

The Lady Trojans plated a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the Co-Lin lead to 3-1.

But the Lady Wolves blew the game open in the seventh with six runs. Vanlandingham scored on a fly ball single from Byrd to get the scoring started. Brashier followed with a line drive double to center field that scored Byrd and Barbay. Crum scored last two runs in the Co-Lin half of the inning belting a two-run homer to left field.

“The seventh inning was just huge,” praised Kent. “We were only up 3-1, and we scored six runs with two outs. This takes us to 5-1 in division play.”

Crum led the team with a home run and two singles for three RBIs. Brashier doubled and singled (3 RBIs). Byrd was also 3-for-4 with three singles. Barbay doubled and singled. Taylor added a pair of singles. Adding support were Hobgood and Vanlandingham with a single apiece.

Taylor picked up her second win of the day as she allowed one run (unearned) on five hits, and struck out two tossing a complete seven-inning game.

At the plate for East Mississippi, Vance, Landrum, Zoie LaVergne, Rachel Rooney, and Kendall Wilkinson singled.

Ciara Steward absorbed the loss for the Lady Lions giving up eight runs (6 earned) on 12 hits, striking out one and walking in 6.2 innings of work. Chandler Ellis threw the final .1 innings, allowing one run on two hits, three walks.