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Lady Wolves drop pair to No. 5 ranked Jones

ELLISVILLE – The Co-Lin Lady Wolves struggled offensively as they were able to only score one run in a doubleheader against the NJCAA No. 5 ranked Jones County Lady Bobcats Wednesday.

“We just couldn’t get much going offensively,” said Allen Kent. “We hit it pretty well but we didn’t find any gaps. Their No. 1 pitcher [Hayes] is really good and leading the nation in strikeouts, but we only had two.”

Jones 6, Co-Lin 1

The Lady Wolves (16-6, 9-3) scored their only run in the game in the top of the sixth inning as Lauren Brashier hit a solo home run to center field. Kaitlyn Taylor and Jessica Crum were the only other Lady Wolves to post hits.

The Lady Bobcats (21-4, 10-0) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Kalyn Watts led off with a bunt single and Cori McCrary reached on an error. Watts went to third on Kelly Byrd’s fly ball to right and scored on a wild pitch.

Jones increased their lead to 4-0 in the third inning. Jay Harris led off with a double into the leftfield and scored on an infield hit by Watts. After McCrary sacrificed, Byrd singled Watts home. Byrd went to third on an error and scored on Brittany Baty’s sacrifice bunt.

The Lady Wolves scored their only run of the game in the sixth when Lauren Brashier hit a two-out home run to center field.

In the bottom of the sixth, Hayes singled. Autumn Frost tripled scoring courtesy runner Brittany Hagwoood. Pinch-runner Skyler McLain scored on Harris’ sacrifice bunt.

Brashier led the Lady Wolves with a home run. Crum and Taylor had a single apiece.

Hayes and Watts each singled twice for the Lady Bobcats, while Frost tripled, Harris doubled and Byrd and McCrary added singles.

Kaitlyn Taylor (6-1) suffered the loss for the Lady Wolves allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits, and struck out four.

Rachel Hayes (11-1) earned the win for the Lady Bobcats giving up three hits, one run (earned), struck out two, and walked one.

Jones 9, Co-Lin 0 

Jones County’s Amanda Holliday tossed a seven-hit shutout and drove in three runs as the Lady Bobcats blanked Co-Lin 9-0. Holliday allowed only four hits, walked two and struck out two as she improved to 8-2.

Natalie Hogue put Jones up for good with her third home run of the year, a solo shot in the second inning.

The Lady Bobcats made it 4-0 in the third inning. Kalyn Watts led off with a double and Cori McCrary was hit by a pitch. Watts went to third on a passed ball and scored a Kelly Byrd’s fly ball to right. McCrary went to second on a passed ball and scored on Hogue’s single to center. Jay Harris, courtesy runner for Hogue, stole second and scored on Holliday’s single to right.

The Lady Bobcats put the game away with a five-run, fourth inning.

Brittany Hagwood and Watts started the inning with singles and Byrd drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Brittany Baty followed with a two-run double to left-center to make it 6-0. Holliday then singled to score Byrd and pinch-runner Shelby Nelson. Autumn Frost’s double scored courtesy runner Jessie Bumpous for the game’s final run.

Starter Kamry Creel suffered the loss for the Lady Wolves giving up four earned runs on six hits, and striking out one in 2.2 innings of work. Kaitlyn Taylor tossed the remainder of the game allowing five earned runs, five hits and walking one.

For the Lady Wolves, Trevlyn Scott and Kamryn Vanlandingham had a pair of singles. Lauren Brashier, Kaitlyn Taylor, and Mattie Avants added support with a single each.

Frost singled twice and doubled, while Holliday singled twice and drove in three runs for Jones. Hogue homered and singled and had two RBIs, while Watts doubled and singled. Baty doubled and drove in two runs, while Hagwood added a single.