River sweeps East Miss

POPLARVILLE — Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats swept East Mississippi in MACJC non-division softball action here Friday, dropped the visiting Lady Lions 9-1 in the first game in five innings before taking a 7-6 win in the bottom of the final inning in the nightcap game.
            PRCC, which swept EMCC 5-4 and 10-2 in a previous meeting played Feb. 15 in Scooba, improved to 7-6 overall. East Miss dropped to 4-8.
            In the first game, the Lady Lions scored their only run of the game in the top of the opening inning when Haley Tutor led off with a double to right centerfield and scored two outs later off Jade Albritton’s two-bagger.
            That narrow advantage remained intact until Pearl River finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third frame. Micah Davis of Poplarville High and Whitney Waits of Oak Grove High led off the inning with a pair of singles and advanced off a sacrifice bunt by Megan Scronce of Petal High before Davis scored to tie it up off a double to center by Emily Jackson out of Theodore High in Mobile, Ala.
            Heather Boutwell of Oak Grove High followed with a two-run single to put the Lady Wildcats up for good.
            River starter Courtney Warr, another Theodore High recruit, was relieved by Neely McCrary of Petal High to start the fourth and East Mississippi managed a base runner in the inning when Abby Roberts was belted by a pitch.
            PRCC padded its lead to 7-1 in the bottom of the inning. Davis belted a one-out single and stole second and third before Waits outran a bunt for a base hit. Scronce answered with a two-run single to left center to make it 5-1, which prompted the mound exit of EMCC starter Amelia LaVergne for Kendra Wilson who immediately gave up a two-run homer to Jackson out of center to make it 7-1.
            Boutwell then wound up at second via a fielding error and on moved to third before Wilson struck out McCrary to end the inning.
            After the Lady Lions went three up, three down in the top of the fifth, the Lady Wildcats ended the game via the eight-run rule with two in the bottom of the frame.
            Hillary Dickens of Picayune High led off with a walk and Davis singled an out later. After Waits reached on a fielder’s choice, Scronce walked to load the bases; setting the stage for Dicken’s score via a passed ball. Wilson then walked Jackson and Boutwell in succession for the game-ending run.
            Warr (1-1) got the win in her three innings on the mound, giving up four hits and striking out one; while McCrary pitched the final two no-hit innings, striking out one and hitting a batter.
            LaVergne (1-2) got the loss in her three-and-a-third innings of action, giving up six hits and walking one; while Wilson pitched one-and-a-third, giving up three hits, striking out one, walking three, and hitting a batter.
            Albritton’s RBI double led the Lady Lions, while Tutor also doubled and Corey Dawkins and Amber Spann both singled.
            Jackson paced Pearl River’s nine-hit attack with a homer and a single (three RBIs), while Davis (one RBI) and Scronce (two RBIs) had two singles each. Boutwell (three RBIs) and Waits had base hits for the Lady Wildcats.
            EMCC committed four errors in the game to PRCC’s none.
            In the nightcap, Pearl River went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first when Waits led off with a walk and scored an out later off Jackson’s double; but East Miss tied it up in the top of the second.
            Misty Richard belted a one-out double, moved to third off Angel Johnson’s single, and scored off Charly Boswell’s bast hit.
            That 1-1 stalemate remained intact until PRCC scored two in the bottom of the third. Lead off Waits reached on an error, Jackson singled an out later, and a base on balls by Kelsea Lewis of Petal High loaded the bases an out later. Waits was pushed home when starting pitcher Brittany LeBlanc out of North Vermillion High in Maurice, La., was hit by a pitch before Warr cracked a single to score Jackson to make it 3-1.
            But East Miss took 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth off two doubles, a hit batter, and back-to-back errors by the Lady Wildcats. The River retied it in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Scrone reached on an error, moved to third off Jackson’s single, and scored off Boutwell’s single.
            Pearl River went up 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth when LeBlanc led off with a single and scored off Warr’s ensuing double. Waits followed with a base hit, scoring Warr.
            In the sixth, EMCC knotted it up once again when Dawkins led off with a single, Abby Roberts singled an out later, and Richard belted a two_out, two_run triple.
            The Lady Lions managed two base runners in the seventh off an error and a base on balls, while the Lady Wildcats iced the victory in the bottom of the frame when Allie Flint of Madison Central High smashed a two-out double and scored off Waits single.
            LeBlanc (4-1) got the win in going the distance, giving up 11 hits, striking out six, walking two, and hitting a batter; while Green (1-2) got the loss. She also pitched the distance, giving up 11 hits, striking out one, walking two, and hitting a batter.
            Richard led EMCC at the plate with a triple and two singles (two RBIs), while Angel Johnson had two base hits, Tutor doubled (two RBIs), and Boswell (one RBI), Dawkins, Green (one RBI), Roberts (one RBI), and Tori Seymour all had singles.
            Jackson (two RBIs) and Warr (two RBIs) were the top Lady Wildcat batters with a double and two singles each, while Waits had two base hits (two RBIs), Flint doubled, and Boutwell (one RBI) and LeBlanc both singled.
            Both teams committed three errors each in the game.
            Pearl River returns to action Saturday, March 9, when it opens its MACJC South Division schedule with its annual “Pink Game” — cancer awareness — against Southwest Mississippi in Lady Wildcat Stadium.  A 12 noon doubleheader is set.

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