Lady Wolves drop pair to Itawamba
FULTON – The Co-Lin Lady Wolves suffered two tough losses on the road at Itawamba Community College in Fulton Saturday.
The Lady Indians grabbed a win in game one with a 6-4 victory. In game two, the bats were hot for both clubs, however ICC pulled away with a 14-11 win.
The Lady Wolves (28-10) are ranked No. 5 in the state.
ICC 6, Co-Lin 4
The Lady Wolves plated the first run of the game in the top of the second inning after Trevlynn Scott reached base on a fielder’s choice that scored Kaitlyn Taylor. Taylor had doubled to lead off the inning. ICC rallied back in the bottom half of the inning as they scored five runs. The Lady Indians put runners on base and brought in runs with several singles in quick secession. Kamryn Vanlandingham reach base safely with a hard ground ball to center field for the Lady Wolves in the third. Taylor later scored Vanlandingham after a fielder’s choice.
In the bottom of the fifth, ICC extended their lead to 6-2 after a single to left scored another run. The Lady Wolves narrowed the lead in the sixth after Kayla Britt and Mackenzie Byrd scored on an error in left field. Lauren Brashier put the ball in play for Co-Lin. The two runs were the last for either team in the contest.
Taylor led the Lady Wolves at the plate with a double (1 RBI). Vanlandingham, Brashier, Byrd, Scott (1 RBI) and Barbay all finished the game with a single apiece for the Lady Wolves.
For Itawamba, Lane Kennedy (2 RBIs), Mamie Hollenhead, Mary Kansas Sullivan (1 RBI) had a pair of singles. Kaitlin Bradley added support with a single. Taylor Blevins had an RBI.
Taylor suffered the loss for the Lady Wolves giving up six runs (two earned) on seven hits, striking out three and walking two in six innings of work.
Katlin McDuffy got the win for ICC after throwing 5.2 innings. She allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits, struck out two and walked three. Carleigh Mills tossed the final 1.1 innings striking out two and walking two.
ICC 14, Co-Lin 11
Game two was a slugfest with the Lady Wolves hitting five home runs in the game, three in the top of the first inning alone. Kamryn Vanlandingham led off with a solo shot deep to center field. Jessica Crum singled. Kaitlyn Taylor followed suit three batters later with a two-run blast to center field that scored courtesy runner Katie Grace Culpepper. Dianna Hobgood followed Taylor with a round-tripper that cleared the right field fence to put the Lady Wolves up 4-0
Not to be outdone, the Lady Indians put five runs on the board in the bottom of the bottom half of the inning after a string of base hits highlighted by a three-run single by Mary Kansas Sullivan to give Itawamba a 5-4 lead.
The Lady Indians extended their lead to 6-4 in second inning after a double plated one run.
Co-Lin quickly answered in the third. Crum drew a one out walk. Taylor followed with a single. Hobgood smashed a hard hit single to left field to score courtesy runner Culpepper to pull the Lady Wolves to 6-5. Trevlynn Scott with a the three-run blast giving Co-Lin an 8-6 lead.
In the top of the fourth, Vanlandingham doubled with one out. Crum hit Co-Lin’s fifth home run of the game, a two-run shot to left field put the Lady Wolves up 10-6. Taylor reached base on an and scored after a passed ball giving the Lady Wolves an 11-6 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth the Lady Indians went back to work posting eight runs on seven hits and capitalizing on three Co-Lin errors to take a 14-11 lead.
Taylor led the Lady Wolves from the plate with a home run and two singles for 2 RBIs. Vanlandingham collected a double and a home run for 1 RBI. Crum (2 RBIs) and Hobgood (2 RBIs) had a home run and a single apiece. Scott had a home run for three RBIs.
Mamie Hollenhead led the Lady Indians with a double and a pair of singles for two RBIs. Lane Kennedy collected three singles for an RBI. Bree Thompson (2 RBIs), Addie Thompson (2 RBIs), and Kaitlin Bradley (1 RBI) had a double and a single apiece. Mary Kansas Sullivan (3 RBIs) and Maura Jane Autry also hit safely.
Scott absorbed the loss allowing five earned runs on three hits, and walking two in .2 innings. Kamry Creel relieved Scott giving up five earned runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings. Taylor tossed the final 2.2 innings giving up four runs (one earned) on four hits.
Cassidy Hardy earned the win for Itawamba allowing one run (none earned) on one hit, and striking out one in 3.1 innings of work. Starter Carleigh Mills allowed 10 earned runs on nine hits and walked one in 3.2 innings.
“These were two tough road losses,” said Lady Wolves head coach Allen Kent. “We gave up the four unearned runs in game one and that was the difference. We swung the bat well in game two and jumped out to a couple of good leads. Unfortunately, our pitching could not make it stand up.”