River splits with East Miss

            POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River Community College split with East Mississippi in MACJC non-division softball action here Friday, winning the first game 5-4 before falling 9-1 in the nightcap contest of the doubleheader.
            Both squads are now even on the year with the Lady Wildcats at 2-2 and the Lady Lions at 3-3.
            In the first game, EMCC went up 1-0 in the top of the first before PRCC rebounded in the bottom of the second to take the lead off a two-run homer by Kelsea Lewis of Oak Grove High.
            The River padded its lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, while both teams scored solo runs in the sixth to make it 5-2 Lady Wildcats. The Lady Lions added the game’s final run in the top of the seventh.
            Starter Courtney Warr of Theodore (Ala.) High (1-0) picked up the win in her two innings on the mound, giving up two hits and walking one, while Rachel Hickman of Poplarville High relieved in the third. She gave up six hits, struck out five, and hit four batters.
            East Miss starter Logan Smith (0-1) got the loss in her three innings of action, giving up three hits, striking out two, and walking one, while Taylor Hackney took over in the fourth. She gave up three hits, struck out one and walked two.
            Anna McCrary paced the Lady Lions’ eight-hit effort with three singles, while Abby Roberts had two singles, Corey Dawkins tripled, and Tori Seymour and Kasey Stanfield both had base hits.
            Besides Lewis’ two-RBI home run, the sophomore catcher also singled, while Kaci Lantrip of Terry High doubled and singled (two RBIs), Hickman doubled, and Heather Boutwell singled.
            Both squads played error free.
‘           In the nightcap contest, East Mississippi limited the Lady Wildcats to a mere three hits, while blasting 14 of its own.
            After a scoreless first, both teams scored solo runs in the second, while the Lady Lions took the lead for good with two in the top of the third before adding five in the sixth and one in the seventh.
            Starter Hali Green (2-1) got the three-hit win in going the distance, striking out seven, walking two, and hitting a batter, while starter Ashley Hawkins of Theodore (Ala.) High (0-1) got the loss in her six innings on the mound. She gave up 12 hits, struck out four, walked two, and hit two batters before Shelby Perry of Sumrall High relieved in the seventh. Perry gave up two hits and struck out a batter.
            Jade Albritton paced the Lady Lions’ 14-hit attack with a home run, a double, and a single, while Meri Morgan Fortune tripled and had two singles. Kristen Mitchell and Abby Roberts had two base hits each, while Kendal Carpenter homered, Green doubled, and Dawkins and Stanfield both singled.
            Hawkins doubled for the Lady Wildcats, while Lewis and Megan Scronce of Petal High both had base hits.
            Pearl River committed one error in the game to East Mississippi’s none.
PRCC returns to action Tuesday when the Lady Wildcats travel to LSU-Eunice in Eunice, La., for a 1 p.m. doubleheader, then hits the road for Alabama Southern in Monroeville, Ala., on Thursday for another 1 p.m. twin bill.
 
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EAST MISSISSIPPI @ PEARL RIVER
MACJC Non-Division Softball Doubleheader
Played Feb. 14, 2014 in Poplarville, MS
 
GAME ONE
East Mississippi  (2-3)   100  001   1 --  3     8    0
Pearl River      (2-1)   021  101   X --  5     6    0
 
WP: Courtney Warr (1-0), starter, 2 innings, 2 hits, 1 BB.
Also Pitching: Rachel Hickman (3), 6 hits, 5 K, 4 HB.
Catcher: Kelsea Lewis.
 
LP: Logan Smith (0-1), starter, 3 innings, 3 hits, 2 K, 1 BB.
Also Pitching: Taylor Hackney (4), 3 hits, 1 K, 2 BB.
Catcher: Abby Roberts.
 
HITTERS
East Mississippi: Anna McCrary 3-1B, Abby Roberts 2-1B, Corey Dawkins 3B, Tori Seymour 1B, Kasey Stanfield 1B.
 
Pearl River: Kelsea Lewis HR, 1B (2 RBI); Kaci Lantrip 2B, 1B (2 RBI); Rachel Hickman 2B, Heather Boutwell 1B.
 
GAME TWO
East Mississippi  (3-3)   012  005   1 --  9    14    0
Pearl River      (2-2)   010   000   0 --  1     3    1
 
WP: Halie Green (2-1), starter, distance, 3 hits, 7 K, 2 BB, 1 HB.
Also Pitching: None.
Catcher: Abby Roberts.
 
LP: Ashley Hawkins (0-1), starter, 6 innings, 12 hits, 4 K, 2 BB, 2 HB.
Also Pitching: Shelby Perry (7), 2 hits, 1 K.
Catcher: Brooke Roberts.
 
HITTERS
East Mississippi: Jade Albritton HR, 2B, 1B; Meri Morgan Fortune 3B, 2-1B; Kristen Mitchell 2-1B, Abby Roberts 2-1B, Kendal Carpenter HR, Halie Green 2B, Corey Dawkins 1B, Kasey Stanfield 1B.
 
Pearl River: Ashley Hawkins 2B, Kelsea Lewis 1B, Megan Scronce 1B.
 
UP NEXT: Pearl River returns to action Tuesday when the Lady Wildcats travel to LSU-Eunice in Eunice, La., for a 1 p.m. doubleheader, then hits the road for Alabama Southern in Monroeville, Ala., on Thursday for another 1 p.m. twin bill.

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