River splits with Muskegon

POPLARVILLE — Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats split with Muskegon in NJCAA softball action here Wednesday, falling to the Michigan-based Lady Jayhawks 5-4 in the first game before bombing their likes 10-1 in five innings.
            PRCC improved to 5-6 overall with the victory, while MCC dropped to 2-6.
            In the first game, things were scoreless for the first three innings until Muskegon scored two in the top of the fourth. Pearl River answered with four in the bottom of the fifth to go up 4-2, but the Lady Jayhawks rallied with three in the top of the sixth to take the win.
            Starter Kaylin Wozniak (2-1) got the win in going the distance, giving up five hits, striking out one, walking one, and hitting a batter; while Neely McCrary (1-3) of Petal High got the loss. She also went the distance, giving up eight hits, striking out four, and walking three.
            Taylor Sanicki paced MCC with a home run, while Kayti Carlson and Megan VanderWal both doubled. Brooke Agers, Kelly Barnes, Deanna Stickler, Alyssa Telling, and Sydney Thard all had base hits.
            Heather Boutwell of Oak Grove High and Kaci Lantrip of Terry High each doubled to lead the Lady Wildcats, while Micah Davis of Poplarville High, Brittany LeBlanc out of North Vermillion High in Maurice, La., and Whitney Waits of Oak Grove High all singled.
            Muskegon committed two errors in the game to Pearl River’s none.
            In the nightcap game, Lady Wildcat starter LeBlanc hurled a two-hitter en route to collecting the win via the eight-run rule.
            Things remained 0-0 through two-and-a-half frames before The River pounded MCC for seven runs in the bottom of the third. After a scoreless fourth, the Lady Jayhawks scored a solo run in the top of the fifth, while the Lady Wildcats ended the game with three in the bottom of the inning.
            LeBlanc (4-1) struck out seven batters, while starter Taylor Lemke (0-2) got the loss in her two-and-one-thirds innings on the mound. VanderWal relieved in the third, giving up two hits, striking out one, and walking one; while Pirochta relieved in the fourth, giving up two hits and walking a batter. Wozniak gave up two hits in relief in the fifth.
            Carlson doubled and Sinicki singled for the Lady Jayhawks, while Boutwell paced Pearl River’s 11-hit attack with a double and a single. Davis and LeBlanc had two singles each, while Hillary Dickens of Picayune High, Emily Jackson out of Theodore High in Mobile, Ala., Megan Scronce of Petal High, and Waits all had base hits.
            Muskegon committed a whopping seven errors in the game to The River’s none.
            Pearl River returns to action Friday MACJC non-division foe East Mississippi visits for a 3 p.m. doubleheader before PRCC opens MACJC South Division play Saturday, March 9, against Southwest Mississippi in Lady Wildcat Stadium.

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