Pearl River Community College

Wildcats sweep Wolfpack

            POPLARVILLE — The fifth-ranked Pearl River Wildcats swept Copiah-Lincoln in MACJC South Division baseball doubleheader action here Tuesday, taking a 6-2 win in the first game before rallying late for a 7-6 nightcap victory.
            PRCC improved to 28-10 overall and 11-5 in division play, while CLCC’s Wolfpack dropped to 16-19 and 5-11.
            The Wildcats went up 3-0 in the bottom of the first in the opening game when Ole Miss signee Braxton Lee of Picayune High led off with a walk, Darius Knight of Pearl High was hit by a pitch, and both advanced the bases via a sacrifice bunt by Paul Pickerrell out of John Hardin High in Elizabethtown, Ky.
            Two straight booted infield grounders resulted in RBIs for Krisjon Wilkerson of St. Stanislaus and Forrest Dungan of Columbia High, before a third boot saw Nathan Pugh of Starkville High reaching to load the bases. Kyle Dolan of Forrest County AHS pushed The River’s third run home with a sacrifice to right before Joe Kirkland of Moss Point High grounded out to the mound to end the inning.
            The second and third innings were scoreless before the Wolves added a solo run in the top of the fourth. Matt Smith led things off with a single, moved to second off Dylan Anglin’s single to right, and scored an out later off Caleb Dugas’ single to make it 3-1 before Will Gatlin grounded to second for the final out.
            Pearl River padded its lead with three in the bottom of the fifth when Lee led off with a single, Knight reached on a fielder’s choice, Pickerrell was belted by a pitch, and Wilkerson followed with a three-run homer for his 10th dinger of the season to make it 6-1 Wildcats.
            Dungan followed with a base on balls and Dolan walked a strikeout later, but Kirkland fouled out to end the inning.
            In the top of the sixth, Jonathan Santana led off with a walk and stole second before Anglin singled to right. With runners at first and third, Julio Rivera flew out to right, Dugas fouled out, and Devonte Tarleton flew to center for the final out.
            Bradley Rayborn of Purvis High relieved starter Jake Brumfield out of Adams Christian Academy to start the seventh. Rayborn walked lead off Ryan Young, who scored an out later when Milton Griffin reached on an error before Smith hit into a double play to end the game.
            Brumfield (7-0) got the win in his six innings on the mound, giving up eight hits, striking out four, and walking one; while Rayborn walked one in the seventh.
            Starter Tyler Simmons (3-4) got the loss in going the distance, giving up four hits, striking out one, and walking three.
            Anglin, Dugas (one RBI), Smith, and Gabe Wilson paced Co-Lin’s eight-hit attack with all  cracking two base hits a piece; while PRCC finished with four hits. Dungan had two singles (one RBI), Wilkerson a home run (four RBIs), and Lee a base hit. Dolan also had an RBI for the Wildcats.
            CLCC committed three errors in the game to PRCC’s two.
            In the nightcap game, the Wolfpack led the entire game until the bottom of the seventh when the Wildcats rallied for five runs and the victory.
            Co-Lin went up 3-0 in the top of the first inning, only to see The River add a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame before the Wolves padded their lead to 4-2 with a solo run in the top of the second.
            After scoreless third and fourth innings, CLCC added solo run in the top of the fifth and sixth to make it 6-2 before Pearl River pulled off its game-winning rally in the bottom of the final frame.
            Reliever Ryan Deemes (4-2), a Nicholls State (La.) signee out of Holy Cross High in Chalmette, La., got the win after taking over the mound in the fourth. He gave up two hits, struck out three, and walked two; while starter Bubba Stockstill of Pearl River Central High went one-and-a-third, giving up four hits and walking three. Rayborn relieved with one out in the second, going two_and-two-thirds, giving up a hit, striking out one, and walking one; while Cameron Reynolds of Gulfport High relieved also in the fourth, giving up a hit and a walk.
            Starter Dugas (1-6) got the loss in his six innings on the mound, giving up seven hits, striking out four, and walking six; while Casey Hurley pitched the seventh in relief, giving up three hits and walking a batter.
            CLCC finished with eight hits, led by Smith’s double and two singles (two RBIs),, while Dugas (one RBI), Christopher Perry (one RBI), Rivera (one RBI), Wilson, and Young all had base hits.
            Dungan’s two doubles (three RBIs) paced the Wildcats’ 10-hit attack, while Darien Brown of Hattiesburg High and Lee both had two singles each. Knight, Derek Martin of Poplarville High (one RBI), Pickerrell (one RBI), and Wilkerson (two RBIs) all had base hits.
            Co-Lin played error free, while PRCC had two defensive miscues.
            The Wildcats and the Wolfpack split an earlier doubleheader played March 16 in Wesson. Pearl River won the first game 6-4, while Co-Lin was a 10-9 winner in the nightcap game.
            Pearl River returns to action Saturday when it travels to South Division arch-rival Mississippi Gulf Coast in Perkinston Saturday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader before division foe Hinds visits Wildcat Stadium Wednesday, April 17, for a 4 p.m. twin bill.