River sweeps Hinds in South Division openers with 8-6, 11-1 victories

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RAYMOND The reigning MACJC state softball champion Pearl River Lady Wildcats swept Hinds Lady Eagles in both team MACJC South Division openers here Wednesday. PRCC took 8-6 and 11-1 victories over HCC to improve to 8-4 overall and 2-0 in division play, while the host Lady Eagles fell to 5-9 and 0-2. In the first game, things were knotted at 1-1 after one inning, but Hinds bounced back take a 3-1 edge in the bottom of the second. Pearl River tied it up again in the top of the third and that stalemate remained intact until the Lady Wildcats bombarded their hosts with five in the sixth to take an 8-3 lead. Hinds scored three in the bottom of the seventh. Starter Sheila Hall (4-2) of Dutchtown (La.) High School got the win in going the distance, giving up nine hits, striking out four, and walking three; while Hinds starter Rudi Aycock got the loss in also going the distance. She gave up 14 hits, struck out two, and walked one. ETrareo Warren of Meridian high paced the Lady Wildcats with a double and two singles, while Jordan Adams of DIberville High bashed two home runs (two RBIs). Heather Hester of Hancock County High doubled and singled (one RBI), Janessa Dedeaux of Poplarville (one RBI) and Brittney Gary of Slidell (La.) High had two singles each, Brandy Rester of Poplarville High had a grand slam, inside-the-park home run (four RBIs), and Alyssa Graeter of Poplarville High and Tiffany Reed of Picayune High both singled. Mallory Hall led Hinds with two doubles, while Revin Cameron had two singles, Courtney Carson doubled, and Jessica Killebrew, Skyla Meek, Mackenzie Pettit, and Aycock all had base hits. Each team committed two errors in the game. In the second game, Pearl River blew it open with four runs in the first and four in the second before scoring three more in the seventh; while Hinds scored solo runs in the first and sixth frames. Starter Hester (2-2) got the win in going the distance, giving up 10 hits, striking out three, and walking two; while starter Carson pitched two innings and gave up six hits. Whitney Patterson relieved in the third and finished. She gave up five hits and struck out two. Rester led PRCC 11-hit effort with three singles (two RBIs), while Adams had two singles (two RBIs), Gary homered (two RBIs), and Graeter (one RBI), Hester (one RBI), Mary Diane May of Taylorsville High, Samantha Spence of George County High, and Warren all had singles. Pettit paced the Lady Eagles with a double and two singles, while Carson and Olivia Tripp had two singles each. Logan Dukes, Meek, and Kayla Robinson all had base hits. Pearl River committed one error in the game to Hinds five. Pearl River returns to action when it hosts LSU-Eunice (La.) in a 4 p.m. doubleheader Friday, then resumes South Division action against Southwest Mississippi Tuesday in Lady Wildcat Stadium (3 p.m. doubleheader).