POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River’s Wildcats swept Southwest Mississippi in MACJC South Division baseball action here Friday with 7-1 (nine innings) and 3-1 (seven innings) victories.
The two teams split in a previous division doubleheader play March 26 in Summit with PRCC taking an 11-inning 2-0 win in the first game before falling 8-6 in the nightcap.
The Wildcats improved to 24-18 overall and 10-10 in division play, while the Bears dropped to 13-25 and 7-15.
The first inning was scoreless in the opening game, but Pearl River went up 3-0 in the bottom of the second when Kreg Garner of Northwest Rankin High drew a one-out walk before Adam Smith of Pascagoula High walked a strikeout later. Courtesy runner Justin Demary of Iowa (La.) High scored when Kyle Dolan of Forrest County AHS reached on an error, stole second, setting the stage for a two-run double to center by Darien Brown of Hattiesburg High.
In the bottom of the third, Derrick Mount of Harrison Central High reached on a one-out error, winding up at second, and scored when Nathan Pugh of Starkville High reached on a miscue, but was nailed at second. Garner followed with an up-the-middle base hit before Jalen Haskin of Oak Grove High hit into a force out.
The Bears scored their only run in the top of the fourth when Kendric Hodges cracked a one-out double to center and immediately scored off Collin Carroll’s two-bagger to make it 4-1.
The River answered with three in the bottom of the frame. Lead off Smith singled to center field, moved to second off Dolan’s fly out, then to third on a passed ball, and scored off Brown’s base hit. Lamar Anthony of Vicksburg High followed with an RBI double before Tracy Hadley of Pascagoula High singled in Anthony for a seventh run. Mount and Pugh were retired for the final outs.
Starter Brandon Pennington (4-3) of Sumrall High picked up the win in his six innings on the mound, giving up six hits and striking out six, while Trey Grice of Forrest County AHS pitched the seventh in relief, walking one. Carlos Lott of Pascagoula High pitched the eighth, walking one, and Blake Weyenberg of Poplarville High pitched the ninth, giving up a hit, striking out two, and walking a batter.
Bear starter Jesse Travis (1-6) got the loss in his four innings of work, giving up nine hits, striking out two, and walking two, while Jason Milton relieved in the fifth, going four no-hit frames, striking out seven, and walking two.
Logan Ferrell and Trey Wynn led SMCC’s seven-hit effort with two singles each, while Carroll and Hodges doubled and Andrew Hulbert singled. Patric Devlin had an RBI for the Bears.
Anthony (one RBI) and Brown (one RBI) paced the Wildcats’ nine-hit attack with a double and single each, while Mount doubled and Hadley (one RBI), Dolan (one RBI), Garner, and Smith all had base hits.
Southwest committed two errors in the game to Pearl River’s none.
In the nightcap game, PRCC went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first when Mount cracked a two-out single, Pugh was belted by a pitch, and Garner followed with a two-RBI double.
The Bears scored their only run in the top of the fourth, while the Wildcats added the game’s final run in the bottom of the fifth when lead off batters Anthony and Hadley drew walks and Mount outran a bunt for a base hit to load the corners. Pugh then walked, pushing courtesy runner Haskin.
Southwest managed to load the bases in the sixth when Patric Devlin and Wynn were hit by pitches and Carroll singled, but Wildcat reliever Colton Lee retired three straight to squash the threat.
Starter Jacob Taylor (1-0) of Picayune High picked up the win in his five innings on the mound, giving up three hits, striking out seven, and walking two, while Lee pitched the final two frames, giving up a hit and recording a strikeout.
SMCC starter Brady Badon (2-3) got the loss in his four innings of work, giving up three hits, striking out four, and walking six, while Jade Whitten pitched one-third of the fifth, walking one, and J.D. Stockstill pitched the final one-and-two-thirds, striking out four.
Both teams finished with four hits with Southwest’s Carroll, Ferrell, Hulbert, and Wynn getting base hits, while Pearl River’s Houston Davenport out of Thompson High in Birmingham, Ala., and Garner doubled. Anthony and Mount singled, while Pugh had an RBI.
PRCC committed two errors in the contest to SMCC’s none.
The River returns to action when South Division foe Hinds visits Wildcat Stadium Wednesday for a 4 p.m. doubleheader before closing out its regular season Saturday, April 26, with a 2 p.m. division twin bill against arch-rival Mississippi Gulf Coast in Perkinston (2 p.m. doubleheader).
SOUTHWEST MISS. @ PEARL RIVER
MACJC South Division Baseball Doubleheader Played
Friday, April 18, 2014 @ Poplarville, MS
Southwest Miss. (13-24, 7-14) 000 100 000 000 -- 1 7 2
Pearl River (23-18, 9-10) 031 300 000 00X -- 7 9 0
WP: Brandon Pennington (4-3), starter, 6 innings, 6 hits, 6 K.
Also Pitching: Trey Grice (7), 1 innings, 1 BB; Carlos Lott (8), 1 inning, 1 BB; Blake Weyenberg (9), 1 inning, 1 hit, 2 K, 1 BB.
Catcher: Kreg Garner.
LP: Jesse Travis (1-6), starter, 4 innings, 9 hits, 2 K, 2 BB.
Also Pitching: Jason Milton (5), 4 innings, 7 K, 2 BB.
Catcher: Tyler Towles.
Southwest Miss.: Logan Ferrell 2-1B, Trey Wynn 2-1B, Collin Carroll 2B, Kendric Hodges 2B, Andrew Hulbert 1B. Patric Devlin RBI.
Pearl River: Lamar Anthony 2B, 1B (RBI); Darien Brown 2B, 1B (RBI); Derrick Mount 2B, Tracy Hadley 1B (RBI), Kyle Dolan 1B (RBI), Kreg Garner 1B, Adam Smith 1B.
Southwest Miss. (13-25, 7-15) 000 100 0 -- 1 4 0
Pearl River (24-18, 10-10) 200 010 X -- 3 4 2
WP: Jacob Taylor (1-0), starter, 5 innings, 3 hits, 7 K, 2 BB.
Also Pitching: Colton Lee (6), 2 innings, 1 hit, 1 K.
Catcher: Houston Davenport.
LP: Brady Badon (2-3), starter, 4 innings, 3 hits, 4 K, 6 BB.
Also Pitching: Jade Whitten (5), .2 inning, 1 BB; J.D. Stockstill (5), 1.2 innings, 4 K.
Catcher: Tyler Towles.
Southwest Miss.: Collin Carroll 1B, Logan Ferrell 1B, Andrew Hulbert 1B, Trey Wynn 1B.
Pearl River: Houston Davenport 2B, Kreg Garner 2B, Lamar Anthony 1B, Derrick Mount 1B. Nathan Pugh RBI.
NOTE: Pearl River split with Southwest Miss. in a previous division doubleheader played March 26 in Summit, taking a 2-0 (11 innings) in the first game before falling 8-6 in the nightcap game.
UP NEXT: PRCC when South Division foe Hinds visits Wildcat Stadium Wednesday, April 23 (4 p.m. doubleheader) before closing out its regular season Saturday, April 26, with a division twin bill against arch-rival Mississippi Gulf Coast in Perkinston (2 p.m. doubleheader).