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Late push is not enough as Co-Lin falls 14-13 to SMCC

Southwest Community College outlasted the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Bears Monday night in an extra frame, 14-13.

Co-Lin scored nine runs in the bottom of fifth and another two in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 13-all, but a sacrifice fly in the eighth gave the Lady Bears the go-ahead run.

“I was really proud of the way we battled back tonight,” said Co-Lin head coach Allen Kent. “We just dug ourselves too big of a hole early on. We’ve got to play better defensively, and Gros absorbed a tough-luck loss, but she did a great job in relief and gave us a chance to come back.”

The Bears took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first with a three-run homer, but Co-Lin answered in the bottom half, as Paige Hulin scored on a wild pitch. Hulin led off the inning with a single.

Southwest pushed another two across in the top of the second and three more in the third to stretch the lead to 8-1.

Hulin crossed the plate again for Co-Lin in the bottom of the third after tagging on a sacrifice fly from Morgan Dubose.

The Lady Bears scored on an error and a ground ball in the top of the fourth to pull away to a 10-2 lead, and added even more insurance runs the fifth to stretch the lead to 13-2.

Co-Lin came to life in the bottom of the fifth, as Alexsundria Thomas scored Julie Scheurmann with a single, four walks scored Taylor Bryant, Abigail Thornton, Thomas, and Makenzie Smith.

Bryant was then hit by a pitch and scored Hulin. Thornton followed with a double that plated Callie Fortenberry, and Thomas singled for the second time in the inning and scored Bryant. The exciting inning brought Co-Lin within two, 13-11.

Scheurmann drove in the Lady Wolves final two runs in the bottom of the sixth with a single. Mackenzie Gros and Hulin crossed the plate tying the game at 13-all.

The Lady Bears capitalized in the top of the eighth and a sacrifice fly gave Southwest a 14-13 lead.

The Lady Wolves tallied ten hits in the game, while Hulin and Thomas managed multiple hits. Hulin led Co-Lin with three hits in five at bats.

Southwest collected 15 hits in the contest. Kayla McNabb, Elsensohn, Carrington Jefcoat, Melanie Crum, and Tia Bussey each managed multiple hits for the Lady Bears. McNabb went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Southwest in hits.

The loss moved Co-Lin to 3-6 on the year.