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PRCC baseball players sign with four-year college programs

POPLARVILLE – A trio of Pearl River Community College baseball players have signed letters of intent to continue their playing careers at four-year programs.

Sophomores John Carter Sanner and Carter Hankins both signed to play for Northwestern State (La.), while freshman Peyton Lee signed with Southern Miss.

Sanner, a right-handed pitcher out of Oak Grove, was 3-4 as a freshman in 2015, with a 5.08 earned-run average. He had 44 strikeouts and 18 walks in 51 1/3 innings. As a sophomore in 2016, he was 5-3 with a 3.14 ERA, 57 strikeouts and 20 walks in 71 2/3 innings.

PRCC to host baseball tryout, showcase

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College will host a baseball showcase and tryout session on Wednesday, July 6, at Wildcat Stadium on the PRCC campus.

The tryout is open to all recently-graduated seniors who have not signed with another college, and the showcase is open to any players entering grades 9-12 this fall.

Head coach Michael Avalon and his staff will put participants through a complete series of drills, including 60-yard-dash times, batting practice, throwing, hitting and fielding fungos, fielding ground balls and fly balls, and bullpen time for pitchers.

Avalon approved as new head baseball coach at PRCC

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College has officially named Michael Avalon as its new head baseball coach.

Avalon, 34, was hired as head coach on June 3, and was approved Thursday at the PRCC Board of Trustees monthly meeting on the school’s main campus. He was chosen from a field of 35 applicants.

Avalon has been the head coach at Mississippi Delta Community College the past five seasons, taking the Trojans to the MACJC playoffs four times, and was an assistant coach at East Central Community College for five seasons prior to taking the job at MDCC.

Baseball Wildcats place seven on MACJC All-State teams

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College had seven players recognized in the 2016 MACJC All-State Baseball Team, which was announced on Monday.

Sophomore Zachary Clark of Springfield, La., was the only Wildcat player to earn first-team All-State honors.

The transfer from Southeastern Louisiana who has signed to play for Alabama, batted .325, with a .423 on-base percentage while playing mostly at shortstop this season. He had 11 home runs, 8 doubles, 2 triples and drove in a team-high 41 runs. He also stole 23 bases and drew 28 walks.

Baseball Wildcats swept at Holmes to finish season

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College completed its 2016 baseball season on a down note Tuesday afternoon, dropping both ends of an MACJC doubleheader to Holmes at Goodman.

The Wildcats were held scoreless and mustered just eight hits over the two games in 10-0 and 4-0 defeats. PRCC, which had already been eliminated from playoff contention, finished 25-21 overall and 10-18 in conference play. Holmes finished its season 22-22 and 13-15.

Baseball Wildcats split doubleheader against East Mississippi

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College closed out its home schedule for 2016 by splitting an MACJC doubleheader Saturday against East Mississippi at Wildcat Field.

The Wildcats rallied from a 6-2 deficit to win the opening game of the doubleheader 7-6, but dropped the nightcap 8-4.

PRCC (25-19 overall) remains mathematically alive for the playoffs at 10-16 in conference play, but the Wildcats will need to sweep Holmes on the road Saturday in their regular-season finale, and get some help from other teams to have a chance at postseason.

Baseball Wildcats strike late to sweep twinbill from Co-Lin

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College used some late-inning magic to take a doubleheader sweep against Copiah-Lincoln Tuesday at Wildcat Field.

The Wildcats scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win Game 1 5-4, then took the sweep with a six-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth for a 7-4 victory in the nightcap.

PRCC kept its flickering playoff hopes alive at 9-15 in MACJC play (24-18 overall). Co-Lin dropped to 9-26 and 4-16.