Wildcats split with Eagles

            POPLARVILLE — Fifth-ranked Pearl River split with Meridian in doubleheader baseball action here Tuesday, falling 17-5 in five innings in the first game before demolishing the visiting Eagles 11-4 in the nightcap.
            PRCC is now 22-8 overall, while MCC is 14-13.
            Meridian opened the first contest with two runs in the top of the first before adding five in the second. Pearl River answered with three in the bottom of the third to make it 7-3, but the Eagles bounced back with four in the top of the fourth and six in the fifth to go up 17-3. The Wildcats managed only two runs in the bottom of the fifth and the game ended via the 10-run rule.
            Starter Andrew Crook (3-0) picked up the win in his three innings on the mound, giving up four hits, striking out two, and walking two; while Blake Barrow relieved in the fourth. He gave up two hits, struck out four, and walked one.
            Starter Joe Kirkland (0-1) of Moss Point High got the loss in his three-and-two-thirds innings of action, giving up nine hits, striking out three, and walking four. Anthony Lusco of Bay High relieved in the fourth, giving up eight hits, striking out one, and walking three.
            Dallas Hannah paced the Eagles’ 17-hit attack with a home run, two singles, and a whopping six RBIs; while Tanner Vandevere had three singles (three RBIs). Alvin Frank doubled and singled (two RBIs), Kevin Hall (two RBIs), Charles Morton (two RBIs), and Jonathan Youngblood (two RBIs) had two base hits a piece; while Ben Gann (two RBIs) and Mac Seibert (one RBI) both homered and Paul Angel tripled (three RBIs).
            The Wildcats finished with six hits, led by Paul Pickerrell out of John Hardin High in Elizabethtown, Ky., with a pair of base hits (one RBI); while Nathan Pugh of Starkville High doubled (two RBIs), and Forrest Dungan of Columbia High (two RBIs), Krisjon Wilkerson out of St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, and Andrew Wilkes of Pearl High all singled.
            PRCC committed two errors in the contest to MCC’s none.
            The River redeemed itself in the nightcap. After Meridian went up 1-0 in the top of the second, the Wildcats answered with a blistering eight in the bottom of the frame.
 
            After a scoreless third, the Eagles cut the ’Cats’ lead to 8-3 in the top of the fourth, but PRCC scored its final three runs in the bottom of the inning. MCC managed a solo run in the sixth.
            Starter Phillip Chandler (2-1) of Stone County High got the win in his three-and-a-third innings on the mound, giving up two hits, striking out two, and walking two; while Bubba Stockstill of Pearl River Central High relieved in the fourth. He went one-and-two-thirds, giving up a hit, striking out three, and walking one; while Bradley Rayborn of Purvis High took over the mound in the sixth. He pitched an inning, giving up three hits and recording two strikeouts. Cameron Reynolds of Gulfport High pitched the seventh, giving up a hit and striking out one.
            Starter Charles Morton (2-1) got the loss in his one-and-two-third innings of action, giving up three hits, striking out two, and walking three; while Witt Haggard relieved in the second. He went one-and-a-third, rendering eight hits and striking out three; while Kellon Hibbard took over in the fifth, giving up two hits and walking a batter.
            Angel (one RBI) and Luke Stanley led MCC’s seven-hit effort with two singles each, while Barrow, Hannah, and Grant Hill (one RBI) all had base hits. Morton and Seibert both had RBIs for the Eagles.
            Pickerrell paced the Wildcats’ 13-hit attack with three singles (one RBI), while Kirkland (one RBI) and Ole Miss signee Braxton Lee of Picayune (two RBIs) both doubled and singled. Darien Brown of Hattiesburg High had two base hits (one RBI), Wilkerson homered (three RBIs), and Dungan (one RBI), Darius Knight of Pearl High, Derek Martin of Poplarville High, and Pugh all had singles.
            Pearl River committed four errors in the game to Meridian’s two.
            The Wildcats defeated the Eagles 9-5 in a previous meeting played Feb. 17 in Meridian.
            The River returns to action Friday when South Division rival Jones County visits Wildcat Stadium for a 4 p.m. doubleheader in Poplarville before the Wildcats host Bishop State (Ala.) on Monday with a 4 p.m. twin bill.

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