SEARK women fall in doubleheader rout

Emma Kate Fimiano of Copiah-Lincoln beats a throw to the plate fielded by catcher Lilly Lee of Southeast Arkansas College in the second inning of a doubleheader opener Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, at the Torii Hunter Complex.
Emma Kate Fimiano of Copiah-Lincoln beats a throw to the plate fielded by catcher Lilly Lee of Southeast Arkansas College in the second inning of a doubleheader opener Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, at the Torii Hunter Complex.

Defending national champion Copiah-Lincoln Community College of Mississippi scored 48 runs over two games against Southeast Arkansas College on Monday, and the Wolves are just getting started with the softball season.

Co-Lin swept a doubleheader over SEARK 31-1 and 17-0 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's Torii Hunter Complex. SEARK (4-9) made its home debut after playing its first 11 games at home and will finish out February with games at UAPB as its field at the Relyance Bank Athletic Complex undergoes repairs.

The first-game defeat is the largest in the Sharks' young history. They have also given up 10 or more runs in 5 straight games.

Co-Lin (2-0), which won the NJCAA Division II title last May, posted double-digit runs in the first (12) and third (13) innings of the first game and finished with 28 hits. SEARK scored a run on 3 hits and committed 5 errors.

Abby Grace Richardson belted 2 home runs for the Wolves, one of them being a grand slam. She was 4 for 5 with 7 runs batted in and 3 scored.

Madison Moak (3 for 5) homered as well. She drove in 3 runs and scored 4. Zykeria Cole was 5 for 5 with 3 RBI and 4 runs scored, while Olivia Banes and Bailee Goodson each lined 3 hits and drove in 3 runs.

Chiara Olison hit a double for SEARK and scored on a Regan Sword double to center field. Starting in the circle, Olison allowed 13 earned runs on 22 hits in 3 innings, before Ashlyn Powell came on to hold Co-Lin to 2 earned runs on 6 hits over 2 innings.

The Wolves did not cool off going into Game 2, posting 13 runs in the first inning. Four Co-Lin pitchers -- East Poinsett County graduate Keegan McCorkle, Laney Waguespack, Taylor Efferson and Emma Kate Fimiano -- combined to 1-hit the Sharks, who continued to struggle on defense with 7 errors.

Kynlee Madere went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and 3 runs. Co-Lin finished with 13 hits.

Olison doubled for SEARK's lone hit of Game 2.

Chelsea Zizzo scattered 12 hits over 4 innings, but only allowed 3 earned runs. Powell gave up an unearned run on a hit in the fifth.

The doubleheader started an 8-game homestand for the Sharks, who will return to action with back-to-back home doubleheaders against Bossier Parish on Saturday and Sunday. Northwest Mississippi will close the homestand with a Feb. 27 doubleheader.

BASEBALL

NE Texas 14, SEARK 13

In Mount Pleasant, Texas, a 2-run double by Anthony Capobianco with 2 out in the bottom of the ninth pushed the Northeast Texas Community College Eagles (10-6) past the Sharks.

SEARK (4-9) had taken a 13-12 lead in the top of the ninth on Logan DeLoach's 3-run home run. DeLoach went 3 for 3 with 6 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Trailing 2-0 for 3 innings, SEARK bats warmed up in the fourth with a run on a Howard Bachus Jr. single. The Sharks, who finished with 9 hits, scored 2 runs each in the fifth through seventh innings and 3 each in the eighth and ninth.

But 4 errors did the Sharks no favors. The Eagles, who had 14 hits, took advantage with 2 runs in the sixth, 5 in the seventh and 2 each in the eighth and ninth.

Drake Lee was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI in the loss. He doubled twice and walked 3 times.

SEARK used five pitchers.

The Sharks will play the Lyon College JV in a doubleheader Wednesday in Batesville and return home for doubleheaders Friday and Saturday against Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa.

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