Hinds prevails 4-0 over River in MACJC Tournament opener

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JACKSON – Hinds southpaw Fraser Adams had the Pearl River Wildcats'' number here Thursday in opening-round action of the MACJC State Tournament underway at Smith-Wills Stadium.PRCC mustered a meager two hits off the sophomore Eagle starter en route to suffering a 4-0 shutout defeat to drop to 25-26 overall. HCC, on the other hand, improved to 28-19 and will face East Central, 9-3 winners over Jones County in Thursday''s nightcap game, at 4 p.m. Friday after the Wildcats take on JCJC at 1 p.m.The Pearl River-Jones County winner will take on Hinds-East Central loser at 7 p.m. in Friday''s nightcap game.”He (Adams) throws it pretty good,” said fifth-year Pearl River head coach Jamie McMahon. “He''s not an overpowering pitcher, but knows how to throw and really kept us off balance the whole game.”Actually, not the entire game, as Adams pitched eight-and-one-thirds innings before Josh Clarke arrived in the relief to get the last two outs of the contest.Adams improved to 8-3 on the year, while Wildcat starter Brett Blaise (3-7) out of Heritage Academy in Columbus got the loss in his five-and-one-third innings on the mound. The sophomore struck out four, walked four, and hit a batter before Sean Kelly of Pearl River Central relieved in the sixth and went one-and-two-thirds (two strikeouts, one walk). Taylor Martin out of St. Michael''s High in Baton Rouge pitched the eighth, recording one strikeout.The Eagles went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first when Ryan Nance lead off with a walk and moved to third when Manny Estrada lined a singled to right center. Nance scored off Nick Schneeberger''s ground out to second before Blaise struck out Michael Busby and Zach Polzin popped out to second to end the inning with Estrada stranded at third.PRCC''s Zach Farrar of Brandon High cracked a one-out single in the top of the second, marking the only base runner for either team over the next two frames. But HCC threatened in the bottom of the fourth when Schneeberger led off with a double to left and moved to third off Busby''s fly out to center before Polzin walked. Courtesy runner Trey Prentiss was thrown out at second on an attempted steal, while Schneeberger remained stranded at third when Blaise struck out Justin Brodnax to end the inning.Farrar drew a lead off base on balls in the top of the fifth, while Hinds left runners at first and second off a Tyler Wells'' two-out single and a hit batter in the bottom of the frame.After Fraser retired the side in the top of the sixth, Blaise loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning with a Busby one-out single to center and back-to-back walks, which prompted his mound exit for Kelly. Kelly immediately struck out Morris Grant before Kyle Tabor cracked a bouncing two-run single down the third base line to make it 3-0. Kelly then walked Wells before striking out Ryan Nance to end the inning.PRCC went three up, three down in the top of the seventh, while Hinds scored its final run in the bottom of the inning when Busby hit a two-out single, moved to second on a passed ball, and scored on an infield throwing error to make it 4-0.B.J. Smith of Sumrall High belted a one-out single to center in the top of the eighth for The River''s second and final hit of the game before designated hitter Luke Rowan of Clinton High hit into a double play.Grae Orman of Clinton High led off the bottom of the night with a base on balls, while Matthew Magee of Petal High reached on a fielder''s choice an out later, marking only the sixth Wildcat base runner of the entire game. Temple Harvey of Brandon High flew out to right to end the game.Adams struck out six and walked three.Busby paced the Eagles'' seven-hit effort with two base hits, while Schneeberger doubled (one RBI), and Estrada, Grant, Tabor (two RBIs), and Wells all had singles. Polzin also had an RBI.