River splits at Baton Rouge

            BATON ROUGE, La. — Pearl River split with Baton Rouge CC (La.) in doubleheader softball action here Monday, taking a hard-fought 4-2 victory in the first game before falling 4-3 in a 12-inning marathon in the nightcap.
            The Lady Wildcats are now sport a 17-12 overall record, while the host Lady Bears are 20-21-1.
            In the first game, the first two innings were scoreless before each PRCC scored a solo run in the top of the third only to see BRCC answer with its only run in the bottom of the frame.
            Pearl River padded its lead to 2-1 in the top of the fourth, then scored the contest’s final two runs in the sixth.
            Neely McCrary (6-5) of Petal High picked up the mound win in hurling a four-hitter in going the distance, striking out four and walking six; while Alexis Reynolds (5-5) got the loss. Reynolds also pitched the distance, giving up 10 hits, striking out mine, and walking five.
            Heather Boutwell of Oak Grove High led the Lady Wildcats at the plate with three singles, while Shannon Brown of Petal High doubled and singled. Whitney Waits of Oak Grove High had two base hits, while Kelsea Lewis of Oak Grove High, McCrary, and Megan Scronce of Petal High all singled.
            Mallory Boudreaux had a double and a single for the Lady Bears, while Alexis Gremmillion and Mickey Lambert had base hits.
            BRCC committed three errors in the contest to PRCC’s none.
            Like the opening game, the nightcap was scoreless until the third inning when Baton Rouge scored a solo run in the bottom of the frame.
            Three scoreless innings followed before Pearl River tied it up in the top of the seventh. After a scoreless eighth, the Lady Wildcats then took a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth only to see the Lady Bears tie it up at 3-3 in the bottom of the frame.
            That stalemate remained intact until the bottom of the 12th when BRCC scored the game-winning run.
            Haley Grantham (8-3) got the win in going the distance, striking out 10 Lady Wildcat batters. She gave up four hits and walked two.
            Brittany LeBlanc (8-3) out of North Vermillion High in Maurice, La., picked up the loss after relieving starter Courtney Warr out of Theodore High in Mobile, Ala., in the ninth.
            LeBlanc gave up three hits, struck out three, and walked one in her three innings of relief; while Warr gave up four hits, struck out seven, and walked one.
            Lewis homered and singled for the Lady Wildcats, while Scronce and Waits had base hits.
            Boudreaux paced Baton Rouge’s seven-hit attack with a pair of singles, while Allison Crum homered, and Dana Butler, Gremmillion, Katelyn Hines, and Whitney Troxclair all had base hits.
            The two teams split a previous twin bill played March 26 in Poplarville with the Lady Wildcats winning the first game 7-1, while the Lady Bears were 11-2 winnings in the second contest.
            Pearl River returns to action with five straight MACJC South Division doubleheaders, starting with East Central at Decatur on Wednesday (3 p.m.), Southwest Mississippi in McComb on Saturday (1 p.m.), Jones County in Ellisville on Tuesday, April 9 (4 p.m.); Copiah-Lincoln at home on Saturday, April 12 (12 noon); Mississippi Gulf Coast in Perkinston on Wednesday, April 17 (3 p.m.); and Hinds at home on Saturday, April 20 (12 noon).
            The Lady Wildcats close out the 2013 regular season at home with twin bills against No. 1-ranked LSU-Eunice on Tuesday, April 23 (3 p.m.) and division rival East Central on Saturday, April 27 (12 noon).
            The top four finishers in the North and South divisions earn berths in the MACJC State Tournament set for May 2-4 at the home field of the South Division champion.

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