OCEAN SPRINGS – Mississippi Gulf Coast didn't get the sweep they really wanted against Hinds on Thursday, but their split at Ocean Springs High School all but guarantees a playoff spot.
The Lady Bulldogs bounced back from a 5-1 defeat in Game 1 to win the second 9-1 in six innings.
"We didn't hit, and I credit their pitcher in the first game," Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. "Then we came out the second game and put the ball in play. Katelyn Baker had a big hit with the bases loaded that got everybody fired up. We wanted two but got one. It's not the end of the world."
Gulf Coast (20-14, 15-11 MACJC) is one of four teams tied for fifth in the conference. The Lady Bulldogs have two games left Saturday at Coahoma, which is winless in 26 games.
Pearl River, Copiah-Lincoln and Northeast are also 15-11, and East Mississippi (13-13) and Northwest (11-13) can still get to 15 wins. EMCC plays second-place Jones County, and Northwest has doubleheaders against East Central (17-9) and Hinds (22-6 overall, 15-9).
MGCCC loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning of Game 2. Betty Mingo (Fr, Choctaw Central/Philadelphia) helped her cause with a walk before Baker delivered a bases-clearing triple for a 4-0 lead.
Kristen Sexton (So, West Harrison/Gulfport) ended the game in the sixth with an RBI single.
Nine different Lady Bulldogs had hits, and McGoey was the only one with two. Hannah Hembree (Fr, Pascagoula/Pascagoula) had a double.
Mingo got the win to improve to 7-3. She allowed six hits and struck out three.
"She's got some good chemistry with Hannah back behind the plate," Long said. "She's just hitting her spots well, and spinning the ball well, and getting people out."
Madison Wall (Fr, East Central/Hurley) hit the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning in Game 1 over the left-field fence, but the Lady Bulldogs could manage only two more hits.
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