Pearl River goes 1-3 at Northeast Tigerfest

            BOONEVILLE — Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats posted a 1-3 showing at Northeast Mississippi CC’s Tigerfest softball tournament here Saturday.
            PRCC opened play with a 3-2 loss to Three Rivers (Mo.) before defeating to Lincoln Land (Ill.) 6-3. Calhoun (Ala.) pulled off a late rally to drop the Lady Wildcats 5-4.
            The River stands at 4-3 overall following the tournament. All games played in the tournament had a 1-hour, 40-minute time limit.
            In the first game, TRC (Poplar Bluff, Mo.) went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning and that lead remained intact until Pearl River tied it up in the top of the fourth. Three Rivers scored a go-ahead run in the bottom of the frame before the Lady Wildcats knotted it up at 2-2 in the top of the fifth.
            TRC went up for good with a solo run in the bottom of the inning.
            Starter Sharon Bishop got the win in going the distance, giving up four hits, striking out six, and walking two; while PRCC starter Neely McCrary of Petal High (1-2) was the losing pitcher. McCrary started and went the distance, giving up six hits, striking out five, and walking one.
            Whitney Waits of Oak Grove High paced the Lady Wildcats at the plate with a pair of singles, while Kaci Lantrip out of Terry High and Kelsea Lewis of Petal High both had base hits.
            Samantha Herwick and Kelsey Snider had two singles each for Three Rivers, while Cindy Nippe and Hailey Rendlemen has base hits.
            Each team committed one error in the contest.
            Against Lincoln Land (Springfield, Ill.), the game lasted only five winnings. Both squads scored solo runs in the first, but PRCC went up 2-1 in the top of the third only to see LLCC tie it up in the bottom of the fourth.
            In the top of the fifth, the Lady Wildcats produced four runs to make ti 6-2 before Lincoln Land scored a run in the bottom of the frame.
            Starter Brittany LeBlanc out of North Vermillion High in Maurice, La. (3-0), got the win in going the five-inning distance; giving up six hits, striking out eight, walking one, and hitting a batter.
            Reliever Morgan Smith got the loss after taking over the mound in the first from starter Katie Price. Smith gave up 10 hits, struck out two, and walked two; while Price gave up a hit in her one-third inning of action.
            Lewis paced Pearl River’s 11-hit effort with three singles, while LeBlanc doubled and singled. Allie Flint out of Madison Central High and Waits had two base hits each, while Hillary Dickens of Picayune High and Courtney Warr out of Theodore High in Mobile, Ala., both singled.
            Sarah Worster paced LLCC with two singles, while Morgan Stephens doubled and Payton Billups, Price, and Melinda Wilson all had base hits.
            PRCC committed two errors in the game to Lincoln Land’s one.
            After a scoreless first inning against Calhoun (Decatur, Ala.), Pearl River went up 3-0 in the top of the second, but CCC scored one run in the bottom of the frame.
            The third went for naught, but the Lady Wildcats padded their lead to 4-1 in the top of the fourth only to see Calhoun ice the victory with a four-run barrage in the bottom of the sixth.
            Hannah Dilldine got the win after relieving in the fourth, while Meghan Bond started with Kelsey Gilbert also seeing relief duty.
            PRCC starter Warr (0-1) got the loss in going the distance, giving up six hits, striking out five, and walking one.
            Lantrip paced The River’s four-hit effort with a home run and a single, while Lewis homered and Shannon Brown of Petal High singled.
            Leah Robinson led CCC at the plate with a home run, while Dilldine, Madison Durham, Makala Nolan, Jessica Speake, and Kelsey Turner all had base hits.
            Pearl River committed three errors in the game to Calhoun’s two.
            PRCC returns to action Tuesday when No. 1-ranked LSU-Eunice (La.) plays host in Eunice, La., for a 1 p.m. doubleheader before returning home to host Muskegon (MI) Wednesday for a 4 p.m. doubleheader. MACJC non-division foe East Mississippi visits Thursday for a 3 p.m. twin bill in Lady Wildcat Stadium.

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