Holmes sweeps River 8-7, 13-9

Holmes sweeps River 8-7, 13-9

    POPLARVILLE --- The Pearl River Wildcats were swept by the rival Holmes Bulldogs here Saturday in MACJC doubleheader baseball action, dropping the hotly-contested first game 8-7 before falling 13-9 in the nightcap.
    PRCC dropped to 13-29 overall and 7-19 in league play, while HCC improved to 21-19 and 12-14.
    Holmes’ Cole Feazell (8-2) picked up both mound wins for the Bulldogs, the first as a reliever before starting the second game.
    The Wildcats wrap their disappointing season Monday with a 3 p.m. twin bill at Mississippi Gulf Coast in Perkinston, while the Bulldogs remain in contention for a berth in one of four MACJC playoff series when it travels to Northwest Mississippi in Senatobia Monday for its final regular-season twin bill starting at 2 p.m.
    In the first game, things were scoreless until the bottom of the second inning when The River’s Carter Hankins of Forrest County AHS cracked a lead off line-drive single to left before Brody Bray of Taylorsville High reached o a double. The runners advanced off a sacrifice by Christian Smith of Pearl River Central High and Hankins scored off a sac fly by Chandler Ray of Poplarville High to make it 1-0. Southern Miss signee Tracy Hadley, Jr., then flew out to center to end the inning.
    The Bulldogs answered in the top of the third to take a one-run lead. Jarvis Griffith got things rolling with a one-out line-drive double to left, Kevin Barber walked, and Geoffery King out ran a bunt to short for a base hit to load the bases. Griffith tied it up off Terrell Hodges’ sacrifice to left before Barber scored on a passed ball to make it 2-1. King was nailed at third on an attempted steal for the final out.
    Holmes padded its lead with a pair of runs in the fourth. Chad McNeil led off with a single, Cody Sartin walked, and McNeil and courtesy runner Jordan Arender advanced on Maverick Keffer’s sac fly. Carr McMorris sacrificed McNeil home before Lucas Kirkland singled Arender home to make it 4-1.
    PRCC managed to tie it up in the fifth when Kreg Garner of Northwest Rankin High and Southeastern Louisiana signee Derrick Mount cracked back-to-back two-out homers --- both over the left field wall --- to cut HCC’s lead to one, the Jalen Haskin of Oak Grove High reached on a shortstop error, winding up at second. Gage Teer of Brandon High followed with an RBI single to left to knot things at 4-4.
    In the bottom of the sixth, the Wildcats took a short-lived one-run lead when Bray led off with a line-drive double to left field and courtesy Seth Farmer of Loyd Star High moved to third off Smith’s sacrifice. Ray followed with an RBI single to right to make it 5-4 before Hadley flew out to center and Garner popped to the shortstop to end the inning.
    Holmes unleashed a four-run barrage in the seventh. River starter John Carter Sanner of Oak Grove High struck out Kirkland and Griffith to lead off the frame, then walked Barber, who moved to second off a wild pitch and scored off King’s RBI single to left. After Hodges was belted by a Sanner pitch, McNeil responded with a three-run homer out of left field to make it 8-5 before Sartin grounded to short for the final out.
    Pearl River kept it interesting in the bottom of the inning. Mount led off with a single to center, Haskin reached on an error, and Mount scored when Teer reached on a fielder’s choice. Hankins then singled to short, Farmer struck out, and Smith cracked an RBI single to left to make it 8-7.
    Reliever Feazell then struck out Ray to end the game.
    Feazell picked up the win in pitching the seventh, giving up two hits and striking out two, while Kris Brown started for the Bulldogs, going five-and-two-thirds, giving up nine hits and striking out three, while Rob Felton pitched the final out of the sixth, giving up a hit.
    Carlos Lott (1-2) of Pascagoula High got the loss after relieving Sanner in the seventh. He pitched the final third of the last frame, giving up a hit. Sanner went six-and-two-thirds, giving up seven hits, striking out four, and walking three.
    McNeil led HCC’s eight-hit effort with a home run and a single (three RBIs), while King had two singles (one RBI), Griffith doubled, and Keffer, Kirkland (one RBI), and Sartin all had base hits. Hodges and McMorris had RBIs for the Bulldogs.
    Mount paced the Wildcats’ 12-hit attack with a home run, a double, and two singles (one RBI), while Garner homered and singled (one RBI), Hankins had two base hits, Bray doubled, and Ray (two RBIs), Smith (one RBI), and Teer (one RBI) all singled.
    Holmes committed four errors in the game, while Pearl River played error free.
    In the second game, the Bulldogs went up 1-0 in the first when King smacked a one-out single to right, stole second, and scored off McNeil’s left field single an out later before starter Mount retired Sartin for the final out.
    That score remained intact until the top of the third when King was beaned with a pitch with one out, moved to second and third off wild pitches and scored off McNeil’s single to right. McNeil wound up at second on his run-scoring belt and scored when Sartin reached on an error to make it 3-0 before Mount K’d Keffer for the final out.
    The Wildcats opened the offensive floodgate in the bottom of the frame when Smith led off with a double to left, Ray singled to center, and Hadley followed with a two-RBI double to right. Garner then scored Hadley with a double to tie it up. After Mount was intentionally walked, Garren Berry of Petal High cracked an RBI single for a one-run lead. Hankins followed with an RBI double and Bray sacrificed a sixth run home before a seventh run scored off a wild pitch to make it 7-3 Pearl River before Hankins flew out to center to end the inning.
    The Bulldogs showed resilience in the top of the fourth and chipped away at the Wildcats’ lead with three comeback runs to pull to within one, while PRCC added two in the bottom of the frame when Garner cracked a two-out line-drive single to left, Mount walked, and Haskin followed with a two-run double to right for The River’s final runs to make it 9-6 before getting nailed at third to end the inning.
    In the fifth, Holmes added four off singles by Barber (one RBI), Tyler Hinds (one RBI), and Hodges (two RBIs) before scoring its final three runs in the seventh off a three-run homer by Sartin over the left field wall.
    Feazell picked up with second win of the day in his two-and-a-third innings of action, giving up six hit, striking out one and walking two, while Michael Harrison pitched the final four-and-two-thirds, giving up two hits, striking out one, and walking two.
    Mount (1-2) got the loss in his four-and-one-third innings on the mound, giving up nine hits, striking out four, and walking two, while Trey Grice of Forrest County AHS pitched the final out of the fifth, giving p a hit and walking two. Reagan Wease of Harrison Central High relieved in the sixth, going one-and-two-third, giving up two hits, striking out three, and walking three, while Brando Brown of Eagle (Id.) High hurled the final two out of the seventh, striking out two.
       McNeil led the Bulldogs’ 12-hit effort with three singles (three RBIs), while Hines (two RBIs) and McMorris had two base hits each, Sartin homered (three RBIs), and Barber, Hodges (two RBIs), Keffer, and King (one RBI) all had singles.
The Wildcats finished with eight hits, led by Garner with a double and a single (one RBI), while Hadley (two RBIs), Hankins (one RBI), Haskin (two RBIs), and Smith all doubled. Berry (one RBI) and Ray both singled for Pearl River.
    PRCC committed a whopping six errors in the game, while HCC played error free.
 
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HOLMES @ PEARL RIVER
MACJC Baseball Doubleheader Played
Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ Poplarville, MS
 
GAME ONE
Holmes        (20-19, 11-14)  002   200    4  --  8      8     4
Pearl River  (13-28, 7-18)     010   031    2 --  7    12     0
 
WP: Cole Feazell (7-2), relieved in 7th, 1 inning, 2 hits, 2 K.
Also Pitching: Kris Brown, starter, 5.2 innings, 9 hits, 3 K; Rob Felton (6), .1 inning, 1 hit.
Catcher: Cody Sartin.
 
LP: Carlos Lott (1-2), relieved in 7th, .1 inning, 1 hit.
Also Pitching: John Carter Sanner, starter, 6.2 innings, 7 hits, 4 K, 3 BB.
Catcher: Kreg Garner.
 
HITTERS
Holmes: Chad McNeil HR, 1B (3 RBI); Geoffery King 2-1B (RBI), Jarvis Griffith 2B, Maverick Keffer 1B, Lucas Kirkland 1B (RBI), Cody Sartin 1B. Terrell Hodges 1 RBI, Carr McMorris 1 RBI.
 
Pearl River: Derrick Mount HR, 2B, 2-1B (RBI); Kreg Garner HR, 1B (RBI); Carter Hankins 2-1B, Brody Bray 2B, Chandler Ray 1B (2 RBI), Christian Smith 1B (RBI), Gage Teer 1B (RBI).
 
GAME TWO
Holmes        (21-19, 12-14)  102   340    3  -- 13    12     0
Pearl River  (13-29, 7-19)     007  200    0 --    9      8     6
 
WP: Cole Feazell (8-2), starter, 2.1 innings, 6 hits, 1 K, 2 BB.
Also Pitching: Michael Harrison (3), 4.2 innings, 2 hits, 1 K, 2 BB.
Catcher: Tyler Hines.
 
LP: Derrick Mount (1-3), starter, 4.1 innings, 9 hits, 4 K, 2 BB.
Also Pitching: Trey Grice (5), .1 inning, 1 hit, 2 BB; Reagan Wease (6), 1.2 innings, 2 hits, 3 K, 3 BB; Brandon Brown (7), .2 inning, 2 K.
Catcher: Brody Bray.
 
HITTERS
Holmes: Chad McNeil 3-1B (3 RBI), Tyler Hines 2-1B (2 RBI), Carr McMorris 2-1B, Cody Sartin HR (3 RBI), Kevin Barber 1B (RBI), Terrell Hodges 1B (2 RBI), Maverick Keffer 1B, Geoffery King 1B (RBI).
 
Pearl River: Kreg Garner 2B, 1B (RBI); Tracy Hadley Jr. 2B (2 RBI), Carter Hankins 2B (RBI), Jalen Haskin 2B (2 RBI), Christian Smith 2B, Garren Berry 1B (RBI), Chandler Ray 1B.
 
UP NEXT: Pearl River wraps its season with a 3 p.m. MACJC doubleheader at Mississippi Gulf Coast in Perkinston on Monday.
 

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