Mississippi Gulf Coast got two vital road wins in the MACJC softball race Wednesday at Meridian, winning 8-3 and 8-0, the last in six innings.
"We played all three phases of the game well," Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. "We got good hitting, good pitching and good defense."
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 19-13, 14-10 MACJC, and are now in fifth place in the conference standings. They entertain fourth-place Hinds on Thursday at Ocean Springs High School, and a pair of wins would likely clinch a home series in the first round of the postseason.
Gulf Coast got strong pitching performances from Avery Sanders (Fr, E.D. White/Thibodaux, La.) and Betty Mingo (Fr, Choctaw Central/Philadelphia). Sanders allowed four hits and struck out five in a complete game in the opener. Mingo shut out the Lady Eagles (11-24, 9-17) on three hits.
Madison Wall (Fr, East Central/Hurley) had five hits in the doubleheader, including two doubles. Jada White had three hits and two doubles of her own, while Mya Hopson (Fr, Madison Central/Madison) and Mingo had home runs.
Bailey Massey drove in four runs.
"It gives us more confidence heading into tomorrow," Long said. "Tomorrow's a big doubleheader. Hinds is a very good team, but these two wins get us ready to play them."
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