Pearl River Community College

Wildcats sweep Cougars

POPLARVILLE — Eighth-ranked Pearl River swept Illinois Central College with a pair of come-from-behind baseball victories here Wednesday, just three days after splitting with the Peoria, Ill.-based Cougars.
            The host Wildcats scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 4-3 in the first game, then rallied from a two-run deficit in the nightcap to take a 7-6 victory and improve to 16-5 overall. ICC dropped to 6-4.
            In the first game, things were scoreless for the first two innings before the Cougars went up 1-0 in the top of the third. Pearl River tied it up in the bottom of the fourth only to see Illinois Central pad its lead to 3-1 in the top of the fifth. That score remained intact until the bottom of the seventh when the Wildcats’ three-run rally iced the win.
            Reliever Bradley Rayborn (1-1) of Purvis High picked up the win, while Bubba Stockstill of Pearl River Central High started. Ryan Wargo (0-1) got the loss in relief of starter Rick Sullivan.
            ICC finished with seven hits led, by Jared Pyatt’s double; while Justin Fletcher and Alex Gutierrez both had RBIs.
            PRCC finished with five hits. Krisjon Wilkerson out of St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis led the way with a double, while Darien Brown of Hattiesburg High, Kollin Cannon, another St. Stanislaus recruit, Darius Knight of Pearl River, and Braxton Lee of Picayune High all had RBIs.
            Pearl River committed three errors in the game to Illinois Central’s none.
            In the nightcap, the Wildcats went up 4-0 in the bottom of the second inning only to see the Cougars tie it up in the top of the fourth and take a two-run lead with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. The River answered with three in the bottom of the frame to take the lead for good.
            Reliever Anthony Lusco (1-0) of Bay High got the win, while Joe Kirkland of Moss Point High starter. Phillip Chandler of Stone County High, Cameron Reynolds of Gulfport High, and Nicholls State (La.) signee Ryan Deemes (save) out of Holy Cross High in Chalmette, La., saw relief duty.
            ICC reliever Matt Farrington (0-2) got the loss, while Jake Light started and Braden MyIntyre also saw relief duty.
            Jaren Linton’s triple (four RBIs) paced the Cougars six-hit effort, while Morgan Depew, Fletcher, and Kody Mirabal all had RBIs.
            PRCC finished with eight hits, led by Wilkerson’s two doubles (four RBIs); while Kyle Dolan of Forrest County AHS, Forrest Dungan of Columbia High, Knight, and Lee all had RBIs.
            Pearl River committed three errors in the game to Illinois Central’s one.
            On Sunday, the Wildcats split with the Cougars in Poplarville. PRCC lost the opener 12-3 before rebounding with a 7-0 shutout win in the nightcap game.
            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 in a 4 p.m. twin bill in Wildcat Stadium.