Lady Wolves sweep a pair from No. 19 Northwest
SENATOBIA – The Co-Lin Lady Wolves were productive at the plate Saturday as the team scored 16 runs on 22 hits on their way to a series sweep over the No. 19 ranked Northwest Lady Rangers. Dianna Hobgood had a breakout performance as the freshmen went 5-for-7 with two homeruns on the day.
The win provides the Lady Wolves with a lot of momentum, as the team will face its third straight nationally ranked opponent in No. 3 East Central Tuesday. The home matchup will take place at 3 p.m. Listen to the action live at www.colinathletics.com or WMUJ 104.3 in Brookhaven.
Co-Lin 8, Northwest 1
“KT [Kaitlyn Taylor] did a good job settling in after a rough start, getting out of a couple early jams,” said Lady Wolves head coach Allen Kent. “We played really well defensively, and were able to continue to stretch out the lead, while Kamry Creel finished the final two innings in the circle.”
The first run of the ballgame came late in the bottom of the second when the Lady Rangers of Northwest plated a run with a line drive to center.
The Lady Wolves immediately answered in the top half of the third with Hobgood hitting a double to right field that scored courtesy runner Katie Grace Culpepper. Kaitlyn Taylor crossed the plate in the same inning after a passed ball. Taylor reached base on a single to left as the Lady Wolves took a 2-1 lead.
The Lady Wolves extended the lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning as Mackenzie Byrd hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Kamryn Vanlandingham to score. Co-Lin stayed disciplined at the plate as Brittany Barbay and Crum drew walks to load the bases later in the inning. Taylor followed suit, and drew a walk that allowed Barbay to score.
In the fifth inning, Barbay drove in Jamie Martin and Kayla Britt, who both singled, with a rip to center field extending the Lady Wolves lead to 6-1.
Hobgood hit her first round tripper of the day in the sixth inning with a solo shot to center to increase the Co-Lin lead to 7-1.
Culpepper drove in the final run of the game with a triple that scored Vanlandingham from first base giving the Lady Wolves an 8-1 win.
Hobgood led Co-Lin at the plate with a home run and a double (2 RBIs). Crum and Britt all finished the day with two singles apiece. Culpepper had an RBI triple. Barbay (2 RBIs), Lauren Brashier, Taylor (1 RBI), Martin, and Vanlandingham added support with a single apiece.
For Northwest, Kat Holley had a double and a single. Tori Luke and Allison Williams had a pair of singles, Hitting safely were Kailey Walker (1 RBI), Hailee Kolwyck, Kayla Andrada, and Erin Claire Stegall.
Taylor picked up the win for the Lady Wolves allowing one earned run on eight hits, striking out four and walking three. Kamry Creel closed out the game tossing two innings giving up two hits.
Co-Lin 8, Northwest 3
In game two, the Lady Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead scoring two runs in the second and one run in the third.
Kaitlyn Taylor drove in the first run of the game for the Wolfpack in the top of the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly that brought Lauren Brashier home. Dianna Hobgood drove in Katie Grace Culpepper later in the inning with single to right that cut the Lady Ranger lead to 3-2.
In the sixth, Hobgood hit her second home run of the day, a two-run shot over the left field fence giving the Lady Wolves a 4-3 lead. Vanlandingham followed with a double to center, and was driven home by an RBI double by Trevlynn Scott increasing the Co-Lin lead to 5-3.
Taylor solidified the win for the Lady Wolves in the top of the seventh with a three-run homer that plated Barbay and Culpepper.
Hobgood led the Lady Wolves offensively with a home run and two singles (3 RBIs). Crum finished the game a pair of doubles. Taylor led the team with a home run and four RBIs. Scott and Vanlandingham doubled. Also hitting safely were Barbay and Brashier.
For Northwest, Hailee Kolwyk led the Lady Rangers with a pair of singles (1 RBI). Heath Griffith doubled. Adding support with a single apiece were Allison Williams, Erin Clair Stegall, Kayla Andrada and Sallie Rose Carver.
Taylor picked up her second win of the day tossing the final four innings giving up up one hit and striking out one. Starter Kamry Creel threw 3 innings allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits.
“Kamry gave up three runs early and after a leadoff double in the fourth KT entered in relief and shut them down,” said Coach Kent. “I was proud of how we played. It was a long, wet spring break, the bus ride was long, and it was cold and windy, but we showed up ready to play today.”