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Gulf Coast's Lee, Lane win weekly MACJC honors

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 Kaitlin Lee strikes out a Pearl River player. Lee has won her fourth MACJC weekly award this season.
RICH KOPP/MGCCC Kaitlin Lee strikes out a Pearl River player. Lee has won her fourth MACJC weekly award this season.

Mississippi Gulf Coast's Kaitlin Lee has won her fourth MACJC Pitcher of the Week award of the season.

Bulldogs catcher/designated hitter Brian Lane was also named the MACJC Player of the Week.

Lee, a right-hander from Harrison Central who signed with Ole Miss in the fall, but she's not been resting on any laurels.

"We spoke to her last fall after all this happened and we told her it was going to be hard to come back and put together the kind of season she's putting together," Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. "That tells me a whole lot about her. She's doing awesome. She's doing extra. She's working hard, and she's a great teammate. We appreciate everything she's done for our program."

Lee allowed a single run in 12 innings of work, going 2-0 for the No. 2 Lady Bulldogs last week. She shut out No. 5 Jones 4-0, scattering six hits while striking out five.

She struck out another five in five innings during a 9-1 win over Meridian, allowing five hits.

Lee is 13-1 with two saves and a 0.48 ERA. Her ERA is third best in NJCAA Division II among pitchers with 30 or more innings of work, with her wins tying for fifth best.

Lee is now nominated for the weekly national award, which she has already won twice. Teammate Nora Keehn has won the NJCAA award once, as well as two MACJC honors this season.

The Lady Bulldogs have won six of eight state pitching honors this year.

Gulf Coast (27-3, 10-3 MACJC) returns to action Wednesday when Southwest visits Ross-Smith Field in Perkinston. The doubleheader will start at 2 p.m., an hour earlier than scheduled to beat anticipated bad weather.

Southwest (17-13, 10-6) is a much improved team over last year.

"They swept a couple teams they haven't swept in the past," Long said. "I think they're going to be much better."

Swinging away

Lane batted .667 and drove in six runs in a perfect 4-0 week for Mississippi Gulf Coast. It came a week after he hit poorly in a four-game stretch.

"He kept working at it. He struggled and wasn't' himself for a couple of series, but he spent time in the cage," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "We talked with him about a few things, but the biggest thing is he got good pitches to hit and wasn't swinging at stuff out of the zone."

He had multiple hits in each game, including going 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the second game against Hinds. In the opener against Hinds, he drove in three runs with two hits, including a double.

He went 4-for-7 in a sweep of Coahoma. He is hitting .373 for the season.

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