Wildcats come back to earn split against No. 12 Itawamba

krista roblesilyssa eastonPearl River Community College unlimbered its bats Friday afternoon to earn a split of an MACJC softball doubleheader against 12th-ranked Itawamba at Wildcat Stadium.

The Wildcats fell behind 7-0 early in the opener and were unable to rally in a 7-4 defeat. However, PRCC jumped on the Indians early and often in the nightcap, winning 8-0 in five innings.

Pearl River finished the day 12-14 overall and 4-10 in conference play. Itawamba is 18-8 overall and 7-3 in the MACJC.

Freshman Ilyssa Easton had a pair of doubles to power the Wildcats’ late surge in Game 1, and added a double and a single for a pair of RBIs in the second game to back freshman Krista Robles’ three-hitter.

Pearl River will return to the road for an MACJC doubleheader against Hinds at 2 p.m., then will be back home next Saturday to face East Mississippi.

Friday at Poplarville
Itawamba 7, Pearl River 4
Itawamba  400 300 0 – 7 11 1
Pearl River 000 121 0 – 4 6 0
ITAWAMBA (18-7, 7-2 in MACJC): Alex Brown 1B; Meg Sullivan 3 1B; Kaitlyn Rhodes 2 1B; McKenzie Piper 2 1B; Mary Kansas Sullivan 1B; Maura Jane Autry 2 1B. WP – Carleigh Mills (10-4).
PEARL RIVER (11-14, 3-10 in MACJC): Ilyssa Eaton 2 2B; Brook Smith 1B; Rylee Dawsey 1B; Sarah Depperschmidt 1B; Anna Grace Cooley 1B. LP – Olivia Holley (3-7).
Pearl River 8, Itawamba 0
Itawamba 000 00 – 3 3 2
Pearl River 232 1x – 0 5 2
ITAWAMBA (18-8, 7-3 in MACJC): Alex Brown 1B; Mary Kansas Sullovan 2B; Bre Harford 1B. LP – Grayson Wells (2-1). Also pitching – Morgan Barrett.
PEARL RIVER (12-14, 4-10 in MACJC): Ilyssa Easton 2B, 1B; Kayla Williams 3B; Krista Robles 1B; Olivia Holley 2B, 1B; Kristen Martin HR (2-run); Katie Perry 1B. WP – Krista Robles (4-1).

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