POPLARVILLE --- Three Pearl River Community College softball standouts have grabbed Region 23 and MACJC post-season honors for 2014.
Freshman pitcher Rachel Hickman out of Poplarville High was named to the All-Region 23 team, while sophomore catcher Kelsea Lewis of Oak Grove High and sophomore shortstop Kaci Lantrip of Terry High were named to the All-MACJC squad.
ELLISVILLE --- Pearl River Community College wrapped its 2014 softball season here Saturday with a 7-1 loss to second-ranked Jones County in the Region 23 Tournament semi-finals in Community Bank Park.
The Lady Wildcats finished the year at 28-20 overall, while the host Lady Bobcats improved to 47-2 and took on top-ranked LSU-Eunice (La.) in the championship game later Saturday. JCJC, which fell to LSU-E 5-2 in Game 3 of the tournament, fell to the Lady Bengals 6-1 in the regional championship game 6-1 that was called after four-and-a-half innings due to weather conditions.
ELLISVILLE --- Surprisingly, Pearl River Community College is one win away from nabbing an NJCAA National Tournament berth set May 14-17 at Traceway Park in Clinton.
POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats enter Region 23 Tournament play Thursday against the second-ranked and MACJC state champ Jones County Lady Bobcats at 6 p.m. in Community Bank Park in Ellisville.
The contest will mark the second meeting of the squads in less than a week, as JCJC, hosts of the regional event, knocked off PRCC 9-0 (five innings) in both team’s opening game in the MACJC State Tournament last Friday at Itawamba CC in Fulton.
FULTON --- Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats went three-and-out at the MACJC State Softball Tournament played here at Itawamba Community College.
The River plummeted into the losers’ bracket with an opening 9-0 (five innings) setback to second-ranked Jones County on Friday before rebounding with a 5-0 shutout to eliminate host ICC on Saturday to clinch a berth in May 8-10’s Region 23 Tournament at JCJC in Ellisville, but was eliminated immediately afterwards with a hard-fought 4-3 loss to Mississippi Gulf Coast.
FULTON --- Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats face the end of their season after falling to the second-ranked Jones County Lady Bobcats 9-0 in five innings Friday in their opening game of the MACJC State Softball Tournament underway here at Itawamba Community College.
PRCC will face North Division champ ICC, 8-2 losers to Mississippi Gulf Coast to open Friday’s action, at 3 p.m. Saturday in an elimination game. JCJC, the South Division champ, takes on MGCCC to kickoff Saturday’s action with the loser of that contest playing the PRCC-ICC winner at 5 p.m.
SENATOBIA --- Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats grabbed a berth in May 2-4’s MACJC State Softball Tournament at Itawamba Community College in Fulton after downing Northwest Mississippi 5-4 in the deciding game of a best-of-three series here Saturday.
PRCC downed the host Lady Rangers 5-1 on Friday in the first game of the series.
POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River Community College clinched a post-season playoff berth with a 4-3, 7-3 MACJC South Division softball sweep over East Central here Tuesday in Lady Wildcat Stadium to wrap the regular season for both squads.
With the wins, PRCC clinched the No. 3 spot in the South and will now travel to North No. 2 Northwest Mississippi in Senatobia Friday and Saturday for a best-of-three series to decide one of four berths in the MACJC State Tournament set for May 2-4.
WESSON --- Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats have dug themselves a hole after getting swept by Copiah-Lincoln in MACJC South Division softball action here Tuesday.
After falling 3-2 and 2-1 (eight innings) to the host Lady Wolfpack, PRCC now must sweep division rival East Central in a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Friday in Poplarville in order to make the post-season playoff cut. The River dropped to 22-16 overall and 16-10 in division play, while CLCC is now 23-15 and 15-11.
ELLISVILLE --- Sixth-ranked and division-leading Jones County swept Pearl River in MACJC South Division softball action here Friday in Community Bank Park, taking a 6-5 come-from-behind victory in the first game before dominating the visiting Lady Wildcats 9-1 in five innings in the nightcap.
With the wins, JCJC improved to 36-2 overall and 22-2 in division play, while PRCC dropped to 22-14 and 16-8.