No. 14 Mississippi Gulf Coast had been waiting for bats to come alive, and it took nearly half the day, but a big pinch hit finally ignited the offense Saturday in a sweep of Holmes.
Betty Mingo (Fr, Choctaw Central/Philadelphia) slugged a two-run triple in the sixth inning of a 4-2 win at Harrison Central High School, and the bats resounded in a 12-1 win in five innings of the second game.
"We played way more solid defense," Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. "We made plays, hit the ball better, put the ball in play. We got a lot of good hits."
Gulf Coast improved to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in MACJC play. Holmes is 5-5, 2-2. The Lady Bulldogs entertain No. 2 Jones County on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Biloxi High School.
The Lady Bulldogs were tied a 1 with two outs in the sixth when Mingo delivered his shot to center field.
"We got a real big pinch-hit from Betty Mingo," Long said. "That was huge. She just came off the bench and took advantage of that role. She got a great hit in the gap and scored a couple runs. That kind of fired everybody up. We just finished the deal."
Davis got the win second game, pitching 3.1 innings of three-hit ball. Sanders finished up in the blowout while driving in four runs on three hits.
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