No. 8 MGCCC sweeps at Holmes

No. 8 MGCCC sweeps at Holmes

No. 8 Mississippi Gulf Coast got a big MACJC softball sweep Saturday, winning twice at Holmes 11-5 and 5-1.

 

Shelby Archer (Fr., Pearl River Central/Picayune) hit two home runs and a double in the first game and Kristen Cade (Fr., Harrison Central/Saucier) pitched a four-hitter in the second.

 

"On the road, we didn't play our best but just got better as the day went on," said Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long.

 

Archer's two home runs gives her 10 for the season, which would tie Louisburg's Hayleigh Joyner total at the start of the day for the national lead. Mya Hopson (So., Madison Central/Madison) had a home run and a triple.

 

"Shelby's is seeing the ball so well," Long said. "She's really smart at the plate. She's doing so much for us right now at the plate. It's amazing."

 

Kayla Cade (Fr., Harrison Central/Saucier), Betty Mingo (So., Choctaw Central/Philadelphia), Briana Shores (Fr., Richland/Richland) and Camryn Williams doubled for Gulf Coast, with Archer, Hopson and Katie Beth Williams picking up three hits each in a 17-hit attack.

 

Kristen Cade started the first game, but came out in the fourth inning. Bryley Rodriguez picked up the victory in relief to improve to 3-1.

 

Cade went the distance in the second game and saw her teammates rally from a third-inning deficit. Her twin sister Kayla tied it in the fourth with an RBI single before a three-run outburst in the sixth.

 

"She got better as she went along," Long said. "Her ball was moving. I think her movement was better as the game went on."

 

Lauren Hall (So., Nettleton/Nettleton) doubled in a run, and Kaitlynn McGoey (So., Long Beach/Long Beach) had an RBI single. Hopson's sacrifice fly made it 4-1.

 

Marsha' Hunt (Fr., Philadelphia/Philadelphia) singled in the final run in the seventh.

 

The Lady Bulldogs (13-7, 5-1 MACJC) are tied for second in the conference with Southwest, Copiah-Lincoln and Itawamba. They'll travel to No. 1 Jones on Tuesday. First pitch is at 4 p.m.

 

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