ELLISVILLE -- Mississippi Gulf Coast's softball season ended Saturday with an MACJC first-round playoff loss at No. 4 Jones County. The Lady Bulldogs dropped a 4-1 Game 2 in the best-of-3 series.
"When you look at where we are now versus where we started, I think we competed," Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. "I know we did, and that's important. I'm proud of this team."
Madison Wall (Fr, East Central/Hurley) hit the first pitch JCJC threw out of the park to make it a 2-1 deficit.
Gulf Coast would get five more hits but could never get anything else across the plate.
Betty Mingo (Fr, Choctaw Central/Philadelphia) allowed four runs on 12 hits, striking out three. She stranded 11 Lady Bobcat runners.
"She battled hard on the mound and gave us a chance," Long said. "They're a good hitting team, but she worked around some situations and kept us in it to the very end."
Gulf Coast's team showed great growth during the season, making huge strides from where the Lady Bulldogs showed up in the fall.
"I feel bad for this team," Long said. "We got better as the season went on. There was a lot of hardship playing on the road for two years. I'm not making excuses, just laying it out there like it is. We had a lot of stuff to overcome."
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