Pearl River Community College

Wildcats split with Wolfpack

            WESSON — Eighth-ranked Pearl River split with Copiah-Lincoln in MACJC South Division baseball action here Saturday, winning the first game of the doubleheader 6-4 before falling 10-9 in the nightcap game off an error in the bottom of the final inning.
            PRCC is now 18-6 overall and 2-2 in division play, while CLCC is 13-8 and 3-1.
            After a scoreless first inning in the opening game, the host Wolfpack went up 1-0 in the bottom of the second when Cole Page and Will Gatlin cracked one-out singles and Page scored when Ryan Young reached on a fielder’s choice. Young wound up on third off Milton Griffin’s ensuing base hit. After Griffin stole second, Caleb Dugas grounded out to second to end the inning.
            The third went scoreless, but Pearl River answered with three in the top of the fourth to take the lead. Krisjon Wilkerson out of St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Forrest Dungan of Columbia High, and Kollin Cannon, another St. Stanislaus recruit, led off the inning with three straight singles. Wilkerson tied it up off Cannon’s base hit, while Kyle Dolan out of Forrest County AHS bunted the runners to second and third to set up a two-RBI, up-the-middle single by Nathan Pugh of Starkville High.
            CLCC starter Tyler Simmons then struck out Derek Martin of Poplarville High before Braxton Lee of Picayune High flew to center for the final out.
            Dylan Anglin led off the bottom of the frame with an up-the-middle single off starter Ryan Deems, a Nicholls State (La.) signee who prepped at Holy Cross High in Chalmette, La., before Page reached when center fielder Lee lost Page’s routine fly ball in the sun. Gatlin then hit into a double play and Young fouled out down the first base line to end the inning.
            PRCC padded its lead to 5-1 in the top of the fifth when lead off Darius Knight of Pearl High reached on an error and moved to second off a sac bunt by Paul Pickerrell out of John Hardin High in Elizabethtown, Ky. Wilkerson then reached on an error before Dungan struck out. Cannon’s ensuing single loaded the bases, setting the stage for Dolan’s two-run single. Pugh flew to right for the final out.
            Co-Lin answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning when lead off Griffin singled, Jonathan Santana doubled to center an out later, and Griffin scored off Matt Smith’s sacrifice. Shane McKinley’s single scored Santana before Anglin grounded out to short to end the inning.
            Casey Hurley relieved Simmons to start the sixth and he immediately gave up a lead off single to right field to Martin. Martin stole second, moved to third off Lee’s ground out, and scored off Knight’s sacrifice to make ti 6-3. Pickerrell flew to right for the final out.
            The Wolfpack scored the game’s final run in the bottom of the inning off a towering lead off home run over the center field wall by Page. That prompted the mound exit of Deemes for Cameron Reynolds of Gulfport High, who immediately walked Julio Rivera before Young hit into a double play and Griffin grounded out to second to end the inning.
            Pearl River managed a two-out, up-the-middle single by Cannon in the seventh, while Co-Lin lead off Dugas lined a single to center in the bottom of the frame. Brandon Fry out of Nease High in Jacksonville, Fla., relieved Reynolds at that point. Fry struck out Santana and Smith reached on fielder’s choice before McKinley smacked a base hit. Fry then K’d Anglin to end the game.
            Deemes (2-2) got the win in his five innings on the mound, giving up 10 hits, striking out three, walking two, and hitting a batter; while Reynolds pitched one inning, giving up a hit and striking out one. Fry had two strikeouts.
            Simmons (2-2) got the loss in his five innings, giving up eight hits, striking out four, and hitting a batter; while Hurley gave up two hits and struck out one.
            Cannon led The River’s 10-hit effort with a pair of base hits (one RBI), while Dolan (two RBIs), Dungan, Ivan Garcia of Katy (Tex.) High, Knight (one RBI), Lee, Martin, Pugh (two RBIs), and Wilkerson all had singles.
            CLCC finished with 12 hits, led by Page’s solo homer and two singles (one RBI); while Santana doubled and singled, Griffin and McKinley (one RBI) had two base hits each, and Anglin, Dugas, Gatlin, and Smith had one single a piece.
            Copiah-Lincoln committed a costly five errors in the contest, while Pearl River played error free.
            Like the first game, the nightcap went scoreless in the first. But the Wildcats went up 2-0 in the top of the second when Wilkerson led off with a single to right, moved to second off Dungan’s ground out before Joe Kirkland of Moss Point High was belted by a pitch an out later. Dolan, who went four for four in the contest, then belted a two-run double to left before starter Rivera K’d Martin for the final out.
            Santana led off the bottom of the frame with an up-the-middle single, but Wildcat starter Jake Brumfield out of Adams Christian Academy in Natchez retired three straight, including back-to-back strikeouts of Page and Anglin to end the inning.
            Pearl River added two more runs in the third. Lead off Lee singled, stole second, and wound up safe at third off Knight’s base hit. Pickerrell’s single to center scored Lee, while Knight was nailed at third on a attempted steal. Pickerrell stole second before Wilkerson struck out, setting the stage for Dungan’s RBI single to right to make it 4-0. Cannon fouled down the first base line for the final out.
            The offensive floodgates opened in the bottom of the inning, as the Wolfpack shredded the Wildcats with a whopping nine runs to take the lead. Lead off Chris Perry reached off a muffed third strike, while Young followed with an up-the-middle single. That set the stage for Dominic Savage’s three-run homer over the left field wall. After Brumfield walked McKinley, Dugas blooped a single over short and Smith followed with an RBI single an out later to tie it up.
            Page then doubled via a Wildcat error to score McKinley to take a 5-4 lead, while Brumfield struck out Anglin and walked Perry to load the bases before Young smashed a two-run double. Bradley Rayborn of Purvis High relieved Brumfield at that point and immediately gave up a two-run single to Savage, who was nailed at second attempting to stretch his base hit into a double to end the inning.
            The Wildcats answered with three in the top of the fourth. Dolan cracked a one-out single to center before Martin was hit by a pitch and the duo advanced to second and third on a passed ball. Dolan scored off Lee’s base hit to left, Martin scored when Knight reached on a fielder’s choice, and Knight scored off an error at second base to make ti 9-7 before Wilkerson grounded to third for the final out.
            CLCC went three up, three down in the bottom of the inning.
            Kirkland belted a two-out double to right field in the top of the fifth, moved to third base off a passed ball, and scored off Dolan’s single. That prompted Rivera’s exit for reliever Tyler Case. Martin then reached on an error, scoring Dolan, to tie it up at 9-9 before Lee grounded to second for the final out.
            Page had a one-out single to left in the bottom of the frame, but Anglin hit into a double play to end the inning.
            The next inning-and-a-half went scoreless, but the Wolves’ solo run in the bottom of the seventh iced the victory. After Rayborn gave up a lead off single to right to McKinley, he was relieved by Reynolds, who immediately retired Dugas. McKinley moved to second off a passed ball before Santana was hit by a pitch. McKinley scored the game-ending run when Smith’s hard-hit grounder to third was booted.
            Case (4-0) got the win in relief, giving up two hits and striking out two; while Rivera went four-and-two-thirds innings, giving up 11 hits, striking out four, and hitting two batters.
            Reynolds (2-1) got the loss, despite facing only three batters, while Brumfield pitched two-and-two-thirds, giving up six hits, striking out four, and walking two. Rayborn saw three-and-a-third relief innings, giving up four hits.
            Dolan paced The River’s 13-hit attack with a double and three singles (three RBIs), while Pickerrell had three base hits (two RBIs), Lee two singles (one RBI), Kirkland doubled, and Dungan (one RBI), Knight (one RBI), and Wilkerson all had base hits.
            Co-Lin finished with 10 hits, led by Savage’s home run and single (five RBIs); while Young doubled and singled (two RBIs), McKinley had two base hits, and Dugas, Page (one RBI), Santana, and Smith (two RBIs) all had singles.
            Pearl River committed two errors in the game to Copiah-Lincoln’s four.
            PRCC and CLCC eye a division rematch Tuesday, April 9, with a 4 p.m. doubleheader in Wildcat Stadium in Poplarville.
            The Wildcats return to action with they host South Division rival Mississippi Gulf Coast Wednesday in a 4 p.m. doubleheader in Poplarville before traveling to division foe Hinds in Raymond for a 1 p.m. twin bill Saturday, March 23.