River sweeps ASCC

            MONROEVILLE, Ala. --- Pearl River Community College evened its 2014 softball record here Thursday, sweeping Alabama Southern with 7-3 and 8-5 victories.
            The victorious Lady Wildcats are now 4-4 overall, while the host Lady Eagles fell to 3-9.
            The two teams split in The River’s season opening doubleheader played Feb. 7 in Poplarville with Alabama Southern winning the first game 7-2 before the Lady ’Cats bounced back with a 5-4 decision in the nightcap for their first win of the year.
            In the first game, ASCC went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first, but PRCC tied it up in the top of the second. The Lady Eagles regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth and that 3-1 advantage remained intact until the Lady Wildcats scored three in the sixth and three in the seventh to take the 7-3 victory.
            Starter Rachel Hickman of Poplarville High (2-1) hurled an impressive three-hitter in getting the mound win. She went the distance, striking out five and hitting three batters, while Kayla Jordan (2-3) got the loss. She also went the distance, giving up 12 hits and striking out four.
            Heather Boutwell of Oak Grove High paced the Lady Wildcats’ 12-hit attack with a double and three singles (one RBI), while Kelsea Lewis of Oak Grove High (two RBIs) and Megan Scronce of Petal High both doubled and singled. Kaci Lantrip of Terry High homered (one RBI), Emily Jackson of Theodore (Ala.) High doubled, and Micah Davis of Poplarville High and Hickman (one RBI) both had base hits.
            Shaniqua Washington smacked two singles for the Lady Eagles, while Braeden Sellers also had a base hit (two RBIs).
            PRCC committed two errors in the contest to ASCC’s one.
            In the nightcap game, Pearl River blistered Alabama Southern with a five-run barrage in the top of the first frame, which saw Lantrip bash a grand slam home run. The Lady Wildcats hung on to their 5-0 advantage until the bottom of the third when the Lady Eagles cut their lead to one with a four-run effort. PRCC added solo runs in the fourth, sixth, and seventh innings, while ASCC scored its final run in the bottom of the sixth.
            Starter Ashley Hawkins of Theodore (Ala.) High (1-1) got the win in her six inning on the mound, giving up nine hits, striking out four, walking one, and hitting three batters, while Hickman relieved in the seventh, striking out one. Jordan (2-4) got her second mound loss of the day, pitching the distance. She gave up nine hits, struck out five, walked four, and hit three batters.
            Lantrip led the Lady Wildcats at the plate with her grand slam and a single (four RBIs), while Boutwell tripled and singled (one RBI), Scronce had two base hits (one RBI), Brooke Roberts out of Saint Amant High in Gonzales, La., doubled, and Hawkins (one RBI) and Hannah Herndon of Poplarville High both had base hits.
            Mary Cate Hereford led ASCC with a double and two singles (one RBI), while Ali Parker (one RBI) and Kari Waldrip (one RBI) had two singles each. Jordan and Sellers (one RBI) both had base hits.
            Pearl River committed two errors in the game to Alabama Southern’s one.
            The Lady Wildcats return to action Tuesday when it travels to Faulkner State CC in Bay Minette, Ala., for a 2 p.m. doubleheader, then faces MACJC non-division rival East Mississippi Thursday, Feb. 27, in a 2 p.m. twin bill in Scooba.
 
 
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PEARL RIVER @ ALABAMA SOUTHERN (Ala.)
NJCAA Baseball Doubleheader Played
Feb. 20, 2014 in Monroeville, Ala.
 
GAME ONE
Pearl River          (3-4)   010  003  3 --   7   12   2
Alabama Southern  (3-8)   100  200   0 --  3     3   1
 
WP: Rachel Hickman (2-1), starter, distance, 3 hits, 5 K, 3 HB.
Also Pitching: None.
Catcher: Kelsea Lewis.
 
LP: Kayla Jordan (2-3), starter, distance, 12 hits, 4 K.
Also Pitching: None.
Catcher: Baylee Stafford.
 
HITTERS
Pearl River: Heather Boutwell 2B, 3-1B (RBI), Kelsea Lewis 2B, 1B (2 RBI), Megan Scronce 2B, 1B; Kaci Lantrip HR (RBI), Emily Jackson 2B, Micah Davis 1B, Rachel Hickman 1B (RBI).
 
Alabama Southern: Shaniqua Washington 2-1B, Braeden Sellers 1B (2 RBI).
 
GAME TWO
Pearl River          (4-4)   500  101   1 --   8   9   2
Alabama Southern   (3-9)   004   001   0 --  5    9    1
 
WP: Ashley Hawkins (1-1), starter, 6 innings, 9 hits, 4 K, 1 BB, 3 HB.
Also Pitching: Rachel Hickman (7), 1 K.
Catcher: Brooke Roberts.
 
LP: Kayla Jordan (2-4), starter, distance, 9 hits, 5 K, 4 BB, 3 HB.
Also Pitching: None.
Catcher: Baylee Stafford.
 
HITTERS
Pearl River: Kaci Lantrip HR, 1B (grand slam HR); Heather Boutwell 3B, 1B; Megan Scronce 2-1B, Brooke Roberts 2B, Ashley Hawkins 1B (RBI), Hannah Herndon 1B.
 
Alabama Southern: Mary Cate Hereford 2B, 2-1B; Ali Parker 2-1B, Kari Waldrip 2-1B, Kayla Jordan 1B, Braeden Sellers 1B.
 
NOTE: PRCC and ASCC split in a previous doubleheader played Feb. 7 in Poplarville. ASCC won the first game 7-2 before losing 5-3 in the nightcap game.
 
UP NEXT: Pearl River returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Faulkner State CC in Bay Minette, Ala., for a 2 p.m. doubleheader, then faces MACJC non-division rival East Mississippi Thursday, Feb. 27, in a 2 p.m. twin bille in Scooba.
 

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