River sweeps Holmes

            POPLARVILLE — Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats swept Holmes with a pair of six-inning MACJC non-division victories via the eight-run rule here Wednesday.
            PRCC won the first game 8-0 before bouncing back with a 14-2 win in the nightcap game to improve to 9-6 overall. HCC dropped to 3-15.
            The twin bill was originally scheduled Feb. 12 as both squads’ season openers, but were postponed due to rain.
            In the first game, the Lady Wildcats went up 3-0 in the top of the first before adding solo runs in the second and fifth. The River scored three in the top of the sixth.
            Starter Neely McCrary (2-3) of Petal High got the win, hurling a two-hitter in going the distance; while starter Katie Johnson (1-6) got the loss. Johnson went five innings, giving up eight hits and striking out four before Alecia McDaniel relieved in the sixth. She gave up two hits and walked three.
            Heather Boutwell of Oak Grove High paced PRCC’s 10-hit attack with a homer and a double, while Courtney Warr out of Theodore High in Mobile, Ala., had two doubles. Megan Scronce of Petal High and Emily Jackson, another Theodore High recruit, had two singles each; and Micah Davis of Poplarville High singled.
            Michelle Gregory and Victoria Hunt had singles for the Lady Bulldogs.
            PRCC committed on error in the game to HCC’s three.
            In the nightcap game, Holmes kept it close in the early going. Pearl River went up 2-0 in the top of the first, but HCC answered with a solo run in the bottom of the frame. PRCC added one in the top of the second, while Holmes cut the lead to 3-2 with a solo run in the bottom of the inning.
            In the top of the third, the Lady Wildcats took the lead for good with two runs before adding three in the fourth and a game-ending six in the sixth.
            Starter Warr (2-1) got the win in going the distance, giving up seven hits, striking out four, and walking one; while HCC starter Kelsea Rogers for the loss. Rogers pitched three-and-two-thirds, giving up 11 hits, striking out one, and walking one before McDaniel relieved in the fourth, giving up five hits, striking out one, and walking three.
            Again, Boutwell topped The River at the plate, leading the Lady Wildcats’ 15-hit barrage with a homer and two singles; while Scronce doubled and had two singles. Allie Flint of Madison Central High and Jackson had two base hits each, while Lewis doubled and Hillary Dickens of Picayune High, Kaci Lantrip of Terry High, Waits, and Warr all had base hits.
            Hunt and Keana Wash led Holmes’ seven-hit effort the each belting a double and a single, while Samantha Meadows and Lauren Tharp both doubled. Charneissa Gordon singled for the Lady Bulldogs.
            Pearl River played an error-free game, while HCC had two defensive miscues.
            The River returns to action Saturday when it hosts Southwest Mississippi in both teams’ MACJC South Division openers (12 noon doubleheader). The twin bill is PRCC’s annual Cancer Awareness Pink Game, while division rival Jones County visits Lady Wildcat Stadium Wednesday for a 4 p.m. twin bill.

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