EUNICE, La. --- Reigning national and Region 23 champion LSU-Eunice swept the Pearl River Lady Wildcats here Tuesday with 10-1 (five innings) and 7-2 victories.
LSU-E improved to 12-0 overall, while PRCC dropped to 2-4.
In the first game, the host Lady Bengals went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first and added two more in the third before a six-run barrage in the fifth ended the game via the eight-run rule. Pearl River scored its only run in the top of the third off an RBI single by Allie Flint of Madison Central High.
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.
POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River Community College opened its 2014 softball season with a doubleheader split against Alabama Southern here Friday, falling 7-2 in the first game before rebounding with a 5-3 victory in the nightcap.
Both squads are now 1-1 overall.
In the first game, the Lady Wildcats fell behind 1-0 in the top of the opening inning when ASCC’s Rebekah Blackstock drilled a one-out single down the first base line and Kayla Jordan drove her home an out later with a double to left.
POPLARVILLE --- Dramatic post-season changes are set for the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) for the 2014 season.
The state’s 14 community colleges have adopted a new playoff format identical to baseball’s with an initial best-of-three series (North No. 1 hosting South No. 4, South No. 1 hosting North No. 2, North No. 2 hosting South No. 3, South No. 2 hosting North No. 3) set for April 25-26.
CLINTON — Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats wrapped their 2013 softball season with an 8-0 (five innings) loss to top-ranked LSU-Eunice (La.) Saturday in semi-final action of the Region 23 Tournament underway at Traceway Park.
PERKINSTON — The South No. 4 Pearl River Lady Wildcats were eliminated from the MACJC State Softball Tournament here Monday with a 3-2 semi-final loss to reigning state champion and South No. 2 Jones County.
The victorious Lady Bobcats, ranked No. 8 in the latest NJCAA Division II softball poll, went on to defeat South No. 1 host Mississippi Gulf Coast 9-6 with another comeback victory to repeat as MACJC champs. Seventh-ranked MGCCC defeated South No. 3 East Central 7-3 in Monday’s other semi-final contest.
PERKINSTON — Brittany LeBlanc pitched a one-hit shutout to propel Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats to a lopsided 15-0 (five innings) softball victory over Itawamba here Sunday in opening-round action of the MACJC State Tournament underway at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC.
The Lady Wildcats, the South Division No. 4 seed, will now face South No. 2 and eighth-ranked Jones County, a 7-1 winner over North No. 3 Holmes to open Sunday’s tournament play, at 12 noon Monday. The winner of that contest will earn a berth in the state championship bout at 5 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: The 2013 MACJC State Softball Tournament has been rescheduled for a second time due to wet field conditions at host MGCCC. It was originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday, rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday due to rain forecasts, then rescheduled for a second time to Sunday and Monday due to wet field conditions. Hopefully, this is the last “reschedule” of the tournament.