POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College had mixed results Wednesday in a doubleheader against Pensacola State (Fla.) at Dub Herring Park.
The Wildcats used a big inning to come from behind and win the opener 9-6, but defensive mistakes proved costly as the visiting Pirates rallied to take the nightcap 6-3, handing PRCC its first loss of the season.
Pearl River (3-1) fell behind early, as Pensacola State (8-8) roughed up freshman starter Miles Smith (Laurel) for four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, including two runs on three hits in the top of the fourth inning.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College got the 2018 baseball season off on the right note Friday, with a pair of victories at Dub Herring Park.
The Wildcats unlimbered the bats in their opener, smacking four home runs in a 12-7 win over Southeastern (Iowa), then four pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout in a 5-0 triumph over Elaine P. Nunez (La.) in the second game of the day.
“I was proud of how we responded after we got down early against Southeastern,” said Michael Avalon, who opened his second season as the coach for PRCC.
POPLARVILLE – There is good news and bad news where Pearl River Community College baseball is concerned.
The good news? PRCC returns a strong nucleus of sophomores from the 2017 team that was 29-20 overall, finished sixth in the 15-team MACJC and advanced to the semifinal round of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament
The bad news? The Wildcats won’t sneak up on anybody the way they did last season. However, second-year head coach Michael Avalon likes it that way.
POPLARVILLE – In the 21st century, staying relevant in athletics means staying up to date with facilities.
POPLARVILLE – After 52 years as a college baseball coach – 35 as a head coach – Ron Polk has seen and done plenty, resulting in a wealth of entertaining stories.
And the former Mississippi State head man trotted out a few of his favorites, along with an enlightening message for young players Wednesday night at the second annual First Pitch Dinner at Pearl River Community College.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College baseball will host a kids hitting camp in late January and early February.
The camp will allow young hitters ages 6-12 to develop proper mechanics from college coaches and players.
Campers will be divided into small age-appropriate groups and taught hitting drills, participate in multiple drill stations and get live reps in batting practice. These stations will take place on the PRCC baseball field and in the indoor batting cages.
POPLARVILLE – The Pearl River Community College baseball team will host its second annual First Pitch Dinner as a way of introducing the 2018 Wildcats to the public. The dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Bender Cafeteria on the PRCC campus.
Former longtime Mississippi State baseball coach Ron Polk will be the featured speaker, and each member of the PRCC team will be introduced.
Polk has been called, “the Father of Southeastern Conference Baseball,” as his success at MSU in the 1980s and ‘90s paved the way for SEC baseball to become a national powerhouse.
POPLARVILLE – The Pearl River Community College baseball will host its second annual First Pitch Dinner as a way of introducing the 2018 Wildcats to the public. The dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Bender Cafeteria on the PRCC campus.
POPLARVILLE – Two Pearl River Community College baseball sophomores have signed college scholarship offers to continue their careers at the next level.
First baseman Simon Landry has signed with the University of Houston, while right-handed pitcher Colby White signed with Mississippi State. Both signed Wednesday during the first day of the week-long early signing period for all NCAA sports except football.
Pearl River Community College has sent a number of its baseball standouts to the professional ranks, and now some of those former Wildcats are returning to lead a new generation of players.
PRCC will host a special Day with the Pros, this coming Sunday, Oct. 1, at Wildcat Field on the Pearl River campus. A number of ex-Wildcats have indicated that they plan to attend, and Wildcat head coach Michael Avalon says other standouts may join in.