Illinois Central sweeps River with 6-5, 9-7 Sunday wins

POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River’s Wildcats were swept by Illinois Central College here Sunday with pair of one-run losses.
The visiting Cougars out of East Peoria, Ill., took a 6-5 victory in the opening game before winning 9-7 in the nightcap to see PRCC drop to 11-7 overall.
In the first game, The River went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first, while ICC scored a solo run in the top of the second before taking a 4-2 lead in the fourth. The Wildcats tied it up in the bottom of the frame, but the Cougars retaliated with two in the sixth. PRCC scored the game’s final run in the seventh.
Cougar Skyler Arnberger got the win in his four innings on the mound, giving up seven hits, striking out five, and walking one, while Mike Hainline saw two-and-two-thirds innings of relief duty, giving up two hits, striking out one and walking one. Andy Christensen pitched the last out.
Reliever Justin Demary of Iowa (La.) High (0-1) got the loss, pitching two-and-a-third, giving up four hits, striking out three, and walking one. Starter Trevor Bennett of Hancock County High pitched three-and-a-third, giving up four hits, striking out three, and walking one, while Colton Lee of Pearl River Central High relieved for one-and-a-third, striking out two, and LeDarien Lee of Forrest County AHS walked a batter.
Brad Burton paced the Cougar’s eight-hit effort with a double and a single (two RBIs), while Morgan Depew doubled and Jacob Hargis, Patrick Jarvis (one RBI), Jaren Linton (two RBIs), J.P. Meyer, and Nick Schranck all singled.
Pearl River finished with nine hits, led by Houston Davenport out of Thompson High in Birmingham, Ala., with a double and a single (two RBIs), while Jalen Haskin of Oak Grove High and Nathan Pugh of Starkville High had two singles each. Darien Brown of Hattiesburg High doubled and Deanzel Johnson out of Lanier High in Jackson (one RBI) and Jacob Taylor of Picayune High both had base hits.
Both teams committed three errors each in the game.
In the nightcap, things were scoreless for the first three innings before Illinois Central scored three runs in top of the fourth, fifth, and sixth to burst out to a 9-0 lead. PRCC scored three in the bottom of the sixth and four in the seventh only to come up three shy of victory.
ICC starter Blake Uhlman got the win in his six innings of action, giving up six hits and striking out six, while Christensen saw an inning of relief, giving up a hit and striking out two. Levi Slawta also gave up a hit.
Starter Brandon Pennington of Sumrall High (2-1) got the loss in his four innings on the mound, giving up six hits and striking out six, while Allen Cowart of Pascagoula High pitched one-and-two-thirds of relief, giving up a hit, striking out two, and walking one. Adam Turney out of Oak Hill Academy in West Point picked a third of an inning, while Blake Weyenberg of Poplarville High pitching one frame.
Each team finished with eight hits.
Meyer led the Cougars with a double and a single (one RBI), while Matt Halliday had two base hits (two RBIs), Burton homered (two RBIs), and Chip Hilton, Mason McCoy, and Jared McCunn (one RBI) all singled.
Pugh paced the Wildcats with a homer and a double (four RBIs), while Johnson homered (two RBIs), Derek Martin of Poplarville High doubled, and Lamar Anthony of Vicksburg High, Garren Berry of Petal High, Brown, and Davenport all had base hits.
PRCC committed four errors in the contest to ICC’s none.
Pearl River returns to action Tuesday when it travel to MACJC South Division rival Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson for a 4 p.m. doubleheader before hosting division rival Jones County Saturday for a 2 p.m. twin bill.
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NJCAA Baseball Doubleheader
Played March 9 @ Poplarville, MS
Illinois Central  (NA)    010     302   0 --   6    8    3
Pearl River       (11-6)   200     200   1 --   5    9    3
WP: Skyler Arnberger (NA), starter, 4 innings, 7 hits, 5 K, 1 BB.
Also Pitching: Mike Hainline, 2.2 innings, 2 hits, 1 K, 1 BB; Andy Christensen, .1 inning.
Catcher: Jason Priest.
LP: Justin Demary (0-1), 2.1 innings, 4 hits, 3 K, 1 BB.
Also Pitching: Trevor Bennett, starter, 3.1 innings, 4 hits, 3 K, 1 BB; Colton Lee, 1.1 innings, 2 K; LeDarien Lee, 1 BB.
Catcher: Houston Davenport.
Illinois Central: Brad Burton 2B, 1B (2 RBI); Morgan Depew 2B, Jacob Hargis 1B, Patrick Jarvis 1B (RBI), Jaren Linton 1B (2 RBI), J.P. Meyer 1B, Nick Schranck.
Pearl River: Houston Davenport 2B, 1B (2 RBI); Jalen Haskin 2-1B, Nathan Pugh 2-1B, Darien Brown 2B, Deanzel Johnson 1B (RBI), Jacob Taylor 1B.
Illinois Central  (NA)    000     333   0 --   9    8    0
Pearl River       (11-7)   000     003   4 --   7    8    4
WP: Blake Uhlman (NA), starter, 6 innings, 6 hits, 6 K.
Also Pitching: Andy Christensen (7), 1 inning, 1 hit, 2 K.; Levi Slawta, 1 hit.
Catcher: Jared McCunn.
LP: Brandon Pennington (2-1), 4 innings, 7 hits, 8 K, 1 BB.
Also Pitching: Allen Cowart, 1.2 innings, 1 hit, 2 K, 1 BB; Adam Turney .1 inning, Blake Weyenberg, 1 inning.
Catcher: Kreg Garner.
Illinois Central: J.P. Meyer 2B, 1B (RBI); Matt Halliday 2-1B (2 RBI), Brad Burton HR (2 RBI), Chip Hilton 1B, Mason McCoy 1B, Jared McCunn 1B (RBI).
Pearl River: Nathan Pugh HR, 2B (4 RBI); Deanzel Johnson HR (2 RBI), Derek Martin 2B, Lamar Anthony 1B, Garren Berry 1B, Darien Brown 1B, Houston Davenport 1B.
UP NEXT: Pearl River returns to action with back-to-back MACJC South Division doubleheaders. Copiah-Lincoln hosts Wednesday (4 p.m.) before the Wildcats host rival Jones County Saturday (2 p.m.)

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