POPLARVILLE — Pearl River split with Baton Rouge CC (La.) in doubleheader softball action here Tuesday, winning the first game 7-1 before getting steam rolled 11-2 in the nightcap.
The host Lady Wildcats are now 16-11 overall, while the Lady Bears are 19-18-1.
In the first game, Pearl River scored all of its runs in the opening two innings — two in the first, five in the second — while Baton Rouge managed its only run in the top of the seventh.
The Lady Wildcats played error-free, while the Lady Bears had four defensive miscues.
Starter Brittany LeBlanc (8-2) got the win in her four innings on the mound, giving up three hits, striking out two, and walking one; while Courtney Warr out of Theodore High in Mobile, Ala., relieved in the fifth to close it out. Warr gave up five hits and recorded a strikeout.
Starter Haley Grantham (6-4) got the loss in hurling the distance, giving up five hits, striking out three, and walking three.
Mickey Lambert (one RBI) and Alexis Reynolds led BRCC’s eight-hit effort with two singles each, while Mallory Boudreaux, Dara Butler, Katelyn Hines, and Whitney Troxclair all had base hits.
PRCC finished with five hits, led by Warr’s double; while Shannon Brown of Petal High, Kelsea Lewis of Oak Grove High (one RBI), Megan Scronce of Petal High (one RBI), and Whitney Waits of Oak Grove High all had base hits.
In the nightcap, Pearl River was victimized by a whopping five errors to Baton Rouge’s none. The Lady Bears went up 2-0 in the top of the second then added two more in the top of the third before Pearl River scored its only two runs in the bottom of the frame.
BRCC added four more in the top of the fourth and three in the top of the seventh to end the scoring.
Starter Reynolds (5-3) got the win in going the distance, giving up 12 hits and striking out three; while starter Neely McCrary (4-5) of Petal High got the loss in her five innings on the mound. McCrary gave up nine hits, struck out three, walked two, and hit one batter before Warr relieved in the sixth. Warr gave up three hits and recorded two strikeouts.
Both teams finished the contest with 12 hits each.
Alexis Gremmillion paced BRCC with a double and two singles (one RBI), while Boudreaux (two RBIs), Allison Crum (two RBIs), and Reynolds had two base hits a piece. Butler, Hines, and Troxclair all singled.
Allie Flint of Madison Central High led The River with two doubles (one RBI), while Waits and Warr had two singles each. Emily Jackson, another Theodore High recruit, and Kaci Lantrip of Terry High both doubled; while Micah Davis of Poplarville High, Hillary Dickens of Picayune High, and Lewis (one RBI) all had base hits.
Pearl River resumes action with a rematch with Baton Rouge Monday when the Lady Bears play host in Baton Rouge, La., with a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The River returns to division play Wednesday, April 3, when it travels to East Central in Decatur for a 3 p.m. twin bill.