Diamond Wolves earned split with East Mississippi

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, March 30, 2016

WESSON – The Co-Lin Wolves split doubleheader with the East Mississippi Lions taking game one 8-6 and falling 9-6 in the nightcap Friday.

The Wolves racked up 14 runs and 16 hits in the two games series.

Co-Lin 8, East Miss 6 

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The Wolves jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. Reed Taylor doubled to left score Champ Davison who reached on a single. Tyler McLeod came across later in the inning on a wild pitch, and Kewaun May scored after Jeremy Moore belted a single to center field.

The Wolves extended their lead to 5-0 in the third after McLeod singled to left scoring Davison and Matthew Mordecai.

The Lions stormed back in the fifth and plating three runs added yet another run in the sixth to shrink the lead to 5-4.

East Mississippi took a 6-5 lead in the eighth after Andrew White hit a two run home run to left field.

The Wolves answered in the bottom half of the inning. Mordecai started the rally with a lead off double to left field. McLeod reached on an error and stole second base. The Lions intentionally walked Moore to load the bases. Jordan Antley ripped a single that scored Mordecai and McLeod. Jackson Twitty’s ground ball scored Jeremy Moore giving the Wolves an 8-6 lead.

Champ Davison led the Wolves going 3-for-4 in the game with a double and a pair of singles Antley had a pair of singles for two RBIs. Mordecai and Taylor (1 RBI) doubled. McLeod singled for two RBIs. Hitting safely were Austin Irby and Moore (1 RBI).

For East Mississippi, Emil Ellis led the Lions with three single for two RBIs. White homered and singled (2 RBIs). Adding support with a single apiece were Marcus Ragan, Taylor Stafford (1 RBI), Whitt Davis (1 RBI), Chance Witt, Alex Knight and Stewart Ball.

Austin Douglas picked up the win for Co-Lin in relief of starter Cole Langdon. Douglas allowed two hits and walked one in 1.2 innings. Langdon gave up six runs (five earned) on nine hits, walked four and struck out three in 7.1 innings of work.

Ben Smith suffered the loss for the Lions giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits in 2.1 innings of work. Starter JC Redden allowed five runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking one in 5 innings. Also seeing action was Colton McKeithen (one run, two walks, one hits, .2 innings.).

East Miss 9, Co-Lin 6 

The Lions picked up the first run of the ball game in the first inning. Marcus Ragan led off the inning with a triple. Taylor Stafford grounded out to scoring Ragan. The lead grew for the Lions to 5-0 in the second highlighted by a two-run home run by Stafford.

The Wolves answered with five runs in the bottom half of the inning. T.J. Wright singled to lead off the inning. Jeremy Moore drew a walk. With one out, Jackson Twitty reached on an error that allowed May and Moore to cross the plate to cut the lead to 5-2. Justin Oliver drew a walk. Davison singled to centerfield driving in Oliver and Twitty to pull the Wolves to 5-4. Matthew Mordecai brought Davison home with double to left that tied the game at 5-all.

East Mississippi plated one run in the third on a fielder’s choice to retake the lead at 6-5.

Co-Lin tied the game again in the fifth inning. Tyler McLeod led of the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a ground out by J.T. Wright and Moore. Antley reached base on an error that McLeod to tie the game at 6-all.

In the top of the sixth, the Lions plated three runs to take a 9-6 lead.

Wright led the Wolves with three singles. Davison singled for two RBIs. Mordecai (1 RBI) and McLeod added a single apiece.

For the Lions, Ragan had a triple, double and single for two RBIs. Emil Ellis had a pair of singles. Stafford homered for three RBIs. Also hitting safely were, Whitt Daivs (2 RBIs), Andrew White, and Austin Lowther.

Tanner Jones suffered the loss for the Wolves giving up four runs (none earned), on three hits in 3.1 innings. Starter Miles Thomas allowed five runs on five hits and walked one. Also seeing action on the mound for Co-Lin was Austin Odom (one hit, one strikeout, one walk, 1.2 innings).

Chance Riley got the win for the Lions allowing one run (unearned) and walking one. Starter Chance Witt allowed five runs (one earned) on four hits, struck out three and walked five in three innings of work. Also seeing action was Jay Booth (two hits, two strikeouts, three innings).