PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast got two great pitching performances in its first games at the new Ross-Smith Field stadium but left Saturday with only a split against Marion Military.
The Lady Bulldogs' Kristen Cade (Fr., Harrison Central/Saucier) threw a two-hitter in the first game, striking out 10 in five innings of a 15-0 win. Avery Sanders (So., Edward Douglas/Thibodaux, La.) carried a no-hitter into the eighth, but came away with a hard-luck 2-0 loss after a 14-strikeout outing.
"A lot of positive things happened for us," Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. "We got really good pitching today. You should win that second game after Avery took a no-hitter through seven, but give their pitcher credit. If your pitcher throws a no-hitter, you should be able to get one across. We made a few little boo-boos, but overall we did some really good things today."
Shelby Archer (Fr., Pearl River Central/Picayune) cranked the Lady Bulldogs offense into high gear in the fourth by cranking a no-doubter grand slam to make it 7-0.
"Shelby can hit like that," Long said. "She's going to hit some for us."
She finished 4-for-4 with three runs and five RBI.
Cade didn't need nearly that much run support.
"Her riseball was good," Long said. "She stayed ahead of the hitters pretty much the whole game. Her movement was good."
The Lady Bulldogs managed only three hits in the second game. They loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth and had the tying run at the plate in the eighth.
The teams return to Ross-Smith Field on Sunday for another doubleheader. First pitch is set for noon. The game will be streamed at https://livestream.com/MGCCCBulldogs/events/8548432.
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