Lady Wolves sweep division series over Pearl River

Published 10:30 am Thursday, April 7, 2016

Co-Lin Media / Natalie Davis / Co-Lin's Kaitlyn Taylor slides under the tag of Pearl River third baseman Brooke Barnes.

Co-Lin Media / Natalie Davis / Co-Lin’s Kaitlyn Taylor slides under the tag of Pearl River third baseman Brooke Barnes.

WESSON – The Co-Lin Lady Wolves picked up two important wins Tuesday as they swept the Pearl River Lady Wildcats 10-2 and 8-5 to improve to 26-8 overall, 17-5 in the MACJC.

The Lady Wolves travel to Booneville Friday to take on the Northeast Lady Tigers for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

Co-Lin 10, Pearl River 2 (5 innings)

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Co-Lin won game one decisively with an eight-run rule victory, 10-2 in five innings.

The Lady Wolves took an early 4-0 lead in the first inning. With one out, Lauren Brashier and Jessica Crum drew walks. Kaitlyn Taylor blasted a three-run line drive home run to right field to give Co-Lin a 3-0 lead. Brittany Barbay drove in Dianna Hobgood, who walked earlier in the inning, with a single to center bringing the Lady Wolves to a 4-0 lead after the first.

The Lady Wildcats cut the lead to 4-2 in the top of the second as Skylar Cook’s two-run double plated Reilly Bunnell and Rachel Brockhaus.

Co-Lin did more damage in the fourth. Brashier got the rally started with a single to right that plated both Barbay and Kamryn Vanlandingham. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Hobgood roped a single to right field to clear the bases and give the Lady Wolves a 9-2 advantage.

In the top of the fifth, the Lady Wolves scored the final run of the game when Barbay doubled to left. Mattie Avants reached on an error that would score pinch runner Katie Grace Culpepper to give Co-Lin the 10-2 lead.

Barbay led the Lady Wolves with a double and a single (1 RBI) Taylor had a home run (3 RBIs). Hobgood (3 RBIs), Brashier (2 RBIs) and Vanlandingham added a single apiece. Crum, the nation’s home run leader, was intentionally walked all three of her plate appearances.

For the Lady Wildcats, Skylar Cook led the way with a double (1 RBI). Kristen Martin, Shay Rosser, Mary Grace Key, and Briana Leonard added one hit each.

Kamry Creel picked up the complete game win for the Lady Wolves scattering five hits, allowing two earned runs, striking out three and walking three in five innings.

Skylar Cook suffered the loss for the Lady Wildcats after throwing 3.2 innings. She gave up nine runs (eight earned) on five hits, and walked seven.

“Kamry Creel stepped up and gave us a quality start today scattering five hits,” praised Lady Wolves head coach Allen Kent. “We were disciplined and had some really good quality at bats.”

Co-Lin 8, Pearl River 5 

The Lady Wolves buckled down late in game two to secure the victory after the Lady Wildcats managed to score three runs in their final two at bats narrowing the margin to 8-5.

Pearl River lit up the scoreboard first in game two after Kristen Martin hit a two run homer in the top of the first inning.

The Lady Wolves quickly answered plating three runs in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Lauren Brashier reached on an error. Crum was intentionally walked. Brashier and courtesy runner Greta Carley advanced on a passed ball. Kaitlyn Taylor singled to left scoring Brashier. Carley tied the game at two-all as she scored on a passed ball. Dianna Hobgood grounded out to the shortstop for the second out of the inning allowing Taylor to score from third giving the Lady Wolves a 3-2 lead.

Co-Lin would score four runs in the second inning. Mattie Avants drew a lead off walk. Kamryn Vanlandingham reached on an error. Brashier ripped a double to center field that scored Avants. Taylor singled up the middle to score Vanlandingham. Crum was intentionally walked. Taylor’s RBI single brought in courtesy runner Carley as the Lady Wolves lead grew to 7-2.

In the bottom of the third with two outs, Brashier singled to right field. Crum again was intentionally walked. Taylor’s RBU single to left brought in Brashier as the Lady Wolves lead increased to 8-1.

But, Pearl River came roaring back in the sixth inning picking up two runs. Kristen Martin led off the inning with a double. Briana Leonard singled to bring home Martin. Rachel Brockhaus singled. Courtesy runner Reilly Bunnell stole home to close the gap to 8-4.

The Lady Wildcats added another run in the seventh on a Co-Lin throwing error to make the final score 8-5.

Taylor led the Lady Wolves with three singles for three RBIs. Brashier finished the game with a double and a single for one RBI. Hobgood added a single for two RBIs. Barbay doubled and Trevlynn Scott singled. Crum was intentionally walked four times. Martin led the Lady Wildcats with a home run and a double for two RBIs. Brand Northrop, Shay Rose, Leonard, Brockhaus, Brooke Barnes, Alyssa Croncich, and Keela Creel all hit safely.

Scott earned the win for the Lady Wolves giving up one run (unearned) on eight hits and struck out three in five innings of work. Taylor tossed the final two innings giving up one run (unearned) on one hit and striking out three.

Amanda Ingram suffered the loss for the Lady Wildcats after throwing just one inning. She allowed seven run s (three earned) on six hits, and walked three. Madison Scoggin pitched the final five innings allowing one earned run on two hits, striking out one and walking four.

“Trevlynn picked up a great win for us today, while KT (Kaitlyn) came in to preserve the victory,” said Kent. “Taylor again came up with three clutch RBIs, making them pay for intentionally walking Crum all seven at bats today. This was a good day for us, extending our division winning streak to eight games.”