River splits at Bishop

February 24, 2011 - 1:52pm -- braswell

MOBILE, Ala. Pearl River Wildcats split with Bishop State here Tuesday, falling 8-6 in the first game of the doubleheader before bouncing back with a dominating 10-2 win in the nightcap. PRCC improved to 4-1 overall, while BSCC, located in Bay Minette, Ala., is now 1-3. The twin bill was played on Stanky Field on the University of South Alabama campus. In the first game, Bishop went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first before padding its lead with five more runs in the second. Pearl River cut the lead to 7-2 in the top of the fifth the added four in the top of the sixth to make it 7-6. BSCC scored a solo run in the bottom of the sixth. Starter Travis Holland got the win in his five innings on the mound, giving up four hits, striking out four, walking four, and hitting a batter; while Caleb Graham relieved in the sixth. He gave up a hit, struck out two and walked one before Corey Henning arrived in the seventh, striking out one. Wildcat starter Josh Hubbell of Forrest County AHS (0-1) got the loss in his five innings of action, giving up eight hits, striking out two, and walking one; while Robert Marzoni of Purvis High relieved in the sixth, giving up a hit, striking out one, walking two, and hitting a batter. James Abraham, a Southeastern Louisiana transfer who prepped at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, led the Wildcats five-hit effort with a triple; while Matthew Magee of Petal High doubled, and Chase Lewallen of Sumrall High, Chase Toussaint of Petal High, and Jordan Williams out of Christian County High in Hopkinsville, Ky., all singled. Dario James paced Bishop nine hit attack with four singles, while Corey Waters had two base hits and Chase Fremin, Kristopher Matsoukas, and Wilroy Ratcliff all had singles. The Wildcats committed three errors in the game to BSCC none. In the nightcap game, PRCC powered its way to a commanding lead early with four runs in the top of the first, one in the second, and four in the third. Bishop added solo runs in the bottom of the third and sixth frames, while The River scored its final run in the seventh. Southeastern Louisiana signee Buck Bernard of Petal High (1-0) got the win after relieving in the third. He pitched one-and-one-thirds innings, striking out one. Beau Underwood out of St. Patrick High in Biloxi started and went two-and-two-thirds, giving up one hit, striking out one, and walking two; while Carlos Rios of Oak Grove High relieved in the fifth, giving up a hit and striking out two. Ramsey Graham of Pearl River Central High pitched the sixth, giving up a hit, striking out two, and walking two; while Hunter Curtis of Oak Grove High closed it out in the seventh, giving up a hit, striking out one, and walking one. Starter Joshua Baxter got the loss in his two innings on the mound, giving up four hits, striking out one, walking three, and hitting a batter; while Holden Watts relieved in the third. He gave up three hits and walked a batter before Bill Burns relieved in the seventh, giving up a hit, striking out one, and walking one. Ethan Ewoldt of Oak Grove High led PRCC eight-hit effort with a double and a single, while Magee cracked two singles, Abraham tripled, B.J. Smith of Sumrall High doubled, and Casey Comfort of Oak Grove High and Lewallen both had singles. Brian Dabbs had two singles for BSCC, while Holland and Matsoukas both had base hits. Pearl River committed one error in the game to Bishop State three. The Wildcats return to action with back-to-back home games. MACJC non-division foe Holmes visits for a doubleheader Friday, while Baton Rouge (La.) arrives Saturday (both 2 p.m. starts).

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