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Co-Lin bags NE Lady Tigers

CLINTON — The Co-Lin Lady Wolves defeated the Northeast LadyTigers 5-2 Friday night in the second round of the NJCAA Region 23Softball Tournament at Traceway Park, powered by Emily Langley’s 2home runs.

The State Champion Lady Wolves, seeded No. 1, received afirst-round bye.

In the first round Friday Hinds downed LSU-Eunice 4-3 and thendumped Gulf Coast 4-1.

Co-Lin improved to 29-10 with the win and Northeast fell to35-20.

“Emily really gave us a lift with the two home runs,” saidCo-Lin head coach Allen Kent. Langley’s two home runs, a walk and 3RBIs paced Co-Lin’s hitting attack.

North Division champion Northeast scored 2 runs in the top ofthe first inning. The Lady Tigers scored on an infield hit and a2-run homer. They followed with 2 more hits.

Winning pitcher Becca Bailey (16-4) got 2 outs to end theinning. Bailey allowed only 1 hit the remainder of the game.

The Lady Wolves went up 3-2 over the Lady Eagles in the thirdinning. With 1 out, Langley blasted a solo home run over the centerfield fence to cut the deficit to 2-1. With 2 out, shortstop AshleySykes reached on an error. Second baseman Kayla Crochet drew a baseon balls. Bailey drilled a double down the left field line, scoringSykes and Crochet and giving Co-Lin the lead.

Neither team scored again until the sixth. Co-Lin leftfielderCandace Avants drew a leadoff walk. Langley drilled a 2-run homerover the right field fence on a 2-1 count to push Co-Lin’s lead to5-2.

Northeast pitcher Lisa Jansen, from Germany, gave Co-Lintrouble. Jansen, a left-hander, is second in the nation instrikeouts per inning.

“It was a big win for us,” said Kent. “Northeast has a solidclub. Their pitcher is the fastest we’ve faced all year. I wasproud of how we hung in there and bounced back after being downearly.”

Bailey retired 20 of the last 21 batters to preserve the win.She allowed 5 hits and 2 earned runs. At the plate, Bailey doubled,singled and had 2 RBIs.

Singling for the Lady Wolves was Crochet.