River sweeps Hinds

            RAYMOND — The River definitely rolled here Thursday, as the Lady Wildcats bombarded Hinds’ Lady Eagles with a pair of lopsided MACJC South Division victories.
            PRCC won the first game of the doubleheader 17-3 in six innings before bouncing back with a 13-0 shutout victory in five frames — both via the eight-run rule — to improve to 15-10 overall and 6-4 in division play. HCC dropped to 4-20 and remain winless in division play at 0-8.
            In the first game, the Lady Wildcats jumped on the Lady Eagles quickly with an eight-run barrage in the top of the first inning, but Hinds cut their lead to five with two in the bottom of the second and a solo run in the bottom of the third.
            Pearl River added two in the top of the fourth and seven in the sixth.
            Starting pitcher Neely McCrary (4-4) of Petal High got the win in her four innings on the mound, giving up four hits, striking out two, and walking two; while Courtney Warr out of Theodore High in Mobile, Ala., relieved in the fifth. She gave up two hits and recorded a strikeout.
            Starter Katelyn Hegwood (1-5) got the loss in her five-inning effort, giving up 14 hits, striking out two, walking three, and hitting one batter; while Cassandra Brown relieved in the sixth. She gave up three hits and walked two.
            Whitney Waits paced the Lady Wildcats’ 17-hit attack with four singles (two RBIs), while Kelsea Lewis doubled and cracked two singles, and Heather Boutwell homered and singled (three RBIs). All three are out of Oak Grove High. Megan Scronce of Petal High doubled and singled (three RBIs), Warr (two RBIs) and McCrary (two RBIs) had two singles each, Emily Jackson, another Theodore High recruit, doubled (two RBIs), and Shannon Brown of Petal High (one RBI) singled. Laci Lantrip of Terry High also had an RBI.
            The Lady Eagles finished with six hits, led by Sabra Barnett’s two base hits; while Haley Irvin doubled and Raven Fisher, Megan Cross, and Chasity Hearn all singled.
            PRCC committed two errors in the contest to HCC’s three.
            In the nightcap, Pearl River scored all of the game’s runs in the first three innings — five in the first, three in the second, and five in the third.
            Starter Brittany LeBlanc (7-2) out of North Vermillion High in Maurice, La., got the win in going the five-inning distance, giving up a meager two hits, striking out two, and walking three.
            Hinds starter Brown (1-5) got the loss in her one-and-a-third innings of action, giving up eight hits and walking two; while Megan Eaves pitched two-thirds of an inning in the second, giving up two hits, striking out one, and walking one. Katelyn Hegwood relieved in the third, giving up one hit, striking out one, and walking one.
            Lewis paced PRCC’s 11-hit effort with two homers and a single — including a grand slam dinger in the third — and finished with a whopping seven RBIs. LeBlanc homered and doubled (two RBIs), Jackson (two RBIs) and Waits had two singles each, and Allie Flint of Madison Central High and Micah Davis of Poplarville High both had base hits. Lantrip had an RBI for the Lady Wildcats.
            Raven Fisher and Claire Richardson both singled for the Lady Eagles.
            Pearl River played an error-free game, while Hinds had three defensive miscues.
            Thursday’s doubleheader was originally scheduled for Saturday (March 23), but was moved back to Thursday due to a forecast of rain.
            The two teams eye a division rematch Saturday, April 20, with a 12 noon twin bill in Lady Wildcat Stadium in Poplarville.
            PRCC returns to action Tuesday when Baton Rouge CC (La.) visits for a 3 p.m. doubleheader, while the Lady Wildcats travel to Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, April 1, for a 3 p.m. twin bill.

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