Wildcats split with Warriors

            DECATUR — Eighth-ranked Pearl River split with East Central in both teams’ MACJC South Division openers here Tuesday with the Wildcats taking a 10-0 shutout in six innings in the first game before the host Warriors bounced back with a 10-1 win in the nightcap.
            PRCC improved to 15-5 overall and 1-1 in division play, while ECCC is 4-3 now 8-11 and 1-1.
            In the first game, the Wildcats unloaded in the top of the first with a whopping six-run effort and added solo runs in the top of the third and fourth frames before ending the game with two in the sixth after the Warriors zeroed in the bottom of the inning.
            Brandon Fry (2-0) got the win and the right hander out of Nease High in Jacksonville, Fla., gave up only one hit in going the distance. ECCC starter Caleb McKee got the loss, Jordan Mixon saw relief duty.
            PRCC finished with nine hits — four multiple base. Paul Pickerrell out of John Hardin High in Elizabethtown, Ky., homered (two RBIs), while Kollin Cannon out of St. Stanislaus (three RBIs), Darius Knight of Pearl River (two RBIs), and Krisjon Wilkerson out of St. Stanislaus all doubled. Carlos Gonzales out of Warren Central in Vicksburg and Braxon Lee of Picayune High both had RBIs for the Wildcats.
            East Central had no extra-base hits and committed three errors in the game to Pearl River’s none.
            In the nightcap, the Warriors went up 5-0 in the bottom of the opening inning, while the Wildcats scored their only run in the top of the third. ECCC answered with a solo run in the bottom of the frame before added three in the fourth and another solo run in the fifth.
            Starter Blake Dubuisson got the win in going the distance, while Southern Miss signee Christian Talley (5-1) of Hancock County High started for the Wildcats and picked up his first loss of the season. Cameron Reynolds of Gulfport High relieved.
            Pearl River finished with seven hits — all singles — while Pickerrell had an RBI.
 
            East Central pounded out 15 hits — four multiple base — led by Zach May with a solo homer. Tim Anderson (three RBIs), Xzavier Franklin (two RBIs), and Ryan Shotts (three RBIs) all doubled; while Jake Bush had an RBI.
            Pearl River committed three errors in the game to East Central’s none.
            The Wildcats and Warriors eye a division rematch Saturday, April 6, then The River plays host in a 1 p.m. doubleheader in Poplarville.
            Pearl River returns to action Saturday when it travels to division foe Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson for a 2 p.m. doubleheader before hosting division rival Mississippi Gulf Coast Wednesday, March 20, in a 4 p.m. twin bill in Wildcat Stadium.

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