Pearl River Community College

River boasts impressive Sunday sweep

            MERIDIAN — Pearl River’s Wildcats pulled off an impressive sweep here Sunday on Scaggs Field at Meridian CC, pounding MACJC non-division foe Coahoma 14-1 in five innings before dropping the host Eagles 9-5.
            PRCC improved to 5-1 on the year with the wins.
            In the Coahoma game, the Wildcats opened with a four-run first inning before the Tigers scored their only run of the contest in the bottom of the frame. PRCC bounced back with three in the second, four in the third, one in the fourth, and two in the fifth and final inning to take the victory via the 10-run rule.
            Wildcat starter Phillip Chandler (1-0) out of Stone County High picked up his first collegiate win, while Bradley Rayborn out of Purvis High saw relief duty. CCC starter Jack Brigham was the losing pitcher.
            Pearl River finished with 14 hits. Multiple-base hitters included Braxton Lee of Picayune with a triple and a double (two RBIs), while Carlos Gonzales out of Warren Central in Vicksburg (three RBIs) and Krisjon Wilkerson out of St. Stanslaus in Bay St. Louis (two RBIs) both had home runs. Paul Pickerrell out of John Hardin High in Elizabethtown, Ky., doubled (two RBIs).
            Coahoma had three hits and committed five errors, while The River played an error-free game.
            Against host Meridian, a Division I school (PRCC is Division II), the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the second. PRCC answered with a solo run in the third to make it 3-2 before MCC scored its final two in the bottom of the fourth.
            Pearl River rallied with three in the fifth and four in the sixth to take the four-run victory.
            Wildcat reliever Cameron Reynolds (1-0) out of Gulfport High picked up his first collegiate win, while Jake Brumfield out of Adams Christian in Natchez started. Brandon Fry out of Nease High in Jacksonville, Fla., also relieved and got the save.
            Eagle reliever Kellon Hibbard was the losing pitcher, while Mitch Babb started and Blake Barrow and Andrew Crook both saw relief duty.
            Pearl River finished with nine hits (no extra base hits) with Gonzales, Lee, Pickerrell, and Wilkerson collecting two RBIs a piece; while Forrest Dungan out of Columbia High and Derek Martin out of Poplarville High had solo RBIs.
            Meridian had seven hits with Charles Morton hitting a double (three RBIs), while Jonathan Youngblood had two RBIs and Garrett Larosa and Mac Siebert had one RBI each.
            PRCC returns to action Tuesday when it hosts LSU-Eunice, the reigning NJCAA Division II national champ, Region 23 champ, and currently ranked No. 1, in a 4 p.m. doubleheader in Wildcat Stadium before traveling to MACJC non-division rival East Mississippi in Scooba Saturday, Feb. 23, for a 1 p.m. twin bill.