WESSON, Miss. – The Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln were unable to overcome the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers on Friday as the team swept a pair of MACJC games. The losses move the Wolves to 14-9 on the season and 3-7 in MACJC play. The Wolves are back in action on Wednesday, April 4 as Co-Lin travels to Mobile, Ala. to take on Bishop State Community College.
The Wolves were in contention throughout the see-saw game, until the Rangers pulled away in the top of the ninth with a four-run inning.
The Rangers were first on the board in the top of the second, but Co-Lin tied the game in the bottom half of the frame with a triple from Chandler Dillard. The line drive to left scored C.J. Estave who led off the inning with a walk.
Estave drove in a run with a single in the bottom of the third and Jaylyn Williams stole home later in the inning to stretch the Wolves' lead to 3-1.
A double and two walks loaded the bases for the Rangers in the top of the fifth. Brooks Boolos cleared the bases with a double and gave Northwest a 4-3 advantage.
Northwest knotted the game at 5-5 with a solo shot from Ben Van Cleve on the first pitch of the seventh.
The Rangers then rallied off four runs in the top of the ninth to pull away to 9-5, and the Wolves were unable to respond.
Zach Smith took the loss for the Wolves. He allowed five hits and four runs over one and two-thirds innings, walking zero, while Jordan Bowden got the start. He lasted four innings, allowing three hits and three runs while striking out four.
Hubbard, Dillard, Zimmerman, and Estave each managed two hits to lead the Wolves at the plate.
Christian Day and Nathan Harris went back-and-forth early in game two with a pitching duel that was not broken until the fifth inning.
J Milam got the scoring started with a two-run homer to left, but Co-Lin bounced back and plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jaylyn Williams drove in Thomas Slagle with an RBI single, and Ryan Zimmerman plated Craig Bradley with a single. The runs would prove to be the Wolves only runs of the contest.
Northwest got one across in the sixth on an error and added three more in the top of the seventh to stretch the lead to 7-2.
Christian Day took the loss for the Wolves. He surrendered five runs on four hits over six and a third innings, striking out 11.
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