Fifth-ranked Lady Bobcats whip Copiah-Lincoln twice

Press release from JCJC Athletics

ELLISVILLE – Copiah-Lincoln entered Wednesday's doubleheader with a .429 team batting average.

But the pitching of Rachel Hayes and Amanda Holliday keyed the No. 5 Lady Bobcats to a sweep of the Lady Wolves here at Community Bank Park.

Hayes gave up three hits as JCJC won the opener, 6-1. Holliday tossed a shutout in game two as the Lady Bobcats blanked Co-Lin 9-0 in five innings.

JCJC is now 21-4 overall and leads the MACJC with a 10-0 record. Co-Lin falls to 16-6 and 7-3.

The Lady Bobcats will travel to Booneville to face Northeast in a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. Their next home games will be at 4 p.m. on March 22 vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast in a "Military Appreciation Day" doubleheader.

Co-Lin visits Northwest on Saturday.

Lady Bobcats 6, Lady Wolves 1

Hayes struck out two and walked one as she improved to 11-1. She now has 95 strikeouts on the season, which puts her second in NJCAA Division II.

Jones took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Kalyn Watts led off with a bunt single and Cori McCrary reached on an error when she bunted. Watts went to third on Kelly Byrd's fly ball to right and scored on a wild pitch.

The Lady Bobcats made it 4-0 in the third.

Jay Harris led off with a double into the leftfield corner and scored on an infield hit by Watts. After McCrary sacrificed, Byrd singled Watts home. Byrd went to third on an error and scored on Brittany Baty's sacrifice bunt.

Co-Lin scored in the sixth when Lauren Brashier hit a two-out home run to center.

In the bottom of the sixth, Hayes singled and was replaced by courtesy runner Brittany Hagwood. Autumn Frost tripled Hagwood home and pinch-runner Skyler McLain scored on Harris' sacrifice bunt.

Hayes and Watts each singled twice for JCJC, while Frost tripled, Harris doubled and Byrd and McCrary added singles.

Kaitlyn Taylor, 6-1, went the distance and took the loss for the Lady Wolves. She allowed six runs (three earned), seven hits, walked none and struck out four.

Brashier homered, while Jessica Crum and Taylor added singles for Co-Lin.

Lady Bobcats 9, Lady Wolves 0

(5 innings)

Holliday allowed only four hits, walked two and struck out two as she improved to 8-2.

Natalie Hogue put Jones up for good with her third home run of the year, a solo shot in the second inning.

The Lady Bobcats made it 4-0 in the third.

Kalyn Watts led off with a double and Cori McCrary was hit by a pitch. Watts went to third on a passed ball and scored on Kelly Byrd's fly ball to right. McCrary went to second on a passed ball and scored on Hogue's single to center.

Jay Harris entered as a courtesy runner for Hogue, stole second and scored on Holliday's single to right.

JCJC put the game away with a five-run, fourth inning.

Brittany Hagwood and Watts started the inning with singles and Byrd drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Brittany Baty followed with a two-run double to left-center to make it 6-0. Holliday then singled to score Byrd and pinch-runner Shelby Nelson. Autumn Frost's double scored courtesy runner Jessie Bumpous for the game's final run.

Frost singled twice and doubled, while Holliday singled twice and drove in three runs for JCJC. Hogue homered and singled and had two RBIs, while Watts doubled and singled. Baty doubled and drove in two runs, while Hagwood added a single.

Lauren Brashier, Kaitlyn Taylor, Trevlyn Scott and Mattie Avants singled for Co-Lin.

Kamry Creel was the starter and loser. She pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowed four earned runs, six hits and struck out one. Taylor pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowed five earned runs, five hits and walked one.