RAYMOND --- Pearl River’s Wildcats were swept by Hinds in MACJC South Division baseball action here Sunday on Joe G. Moss Field, suffering a pair of one-run defeats to the host Eagles.
PRCC lost the first game 8-7 before falling 2-1 in the nightcap game to drop to 16-13 overall and 3-7 in division play, while HCC improved to 18-11 and 8-2.
In the opening game, things were scoreless for the first two-and-a-half innings before the Eagles put up three in the bottom of the third. The River responded with a solo run in the top of the fourth, then went up 4-3 in the fifth with a three-run effort.
Hinds regained the lead in the bottom of the frame with a two-run effort, but Pearl River’s three in the top of the sixth made it 7-5 before the Eagles tied it up in the bottom of the inning. The Wildcats went three up, three down in the top of the seventh, but Caleb Upton led off the bottom of the inning with a single and moved to second off a ground out before Toler Robinson was intentionally walked.
The base runners moved to second and third on a ground out and Upton scored the game-winning run when Quade Smith reached on an error to end the game.
Reliever Austin Sanders (3-0) picked up the win in his 1.2 innings on the mound, giving up two hits and striking out one, while starter Randy Bell went five-and-a-third, gave up eight hits, and struck out four.
Colton Lee of Pearl River Central High (0-1) got the loss in his one-and-two-thirds innings of relief duty, giving up two hits, striking out one, and walking one, while starter Jake Brumfield out of Adams Christian Academy in Natchez went five innings, giving up eight hits, striking out one and walking one. Luke McGee, an Ohio State transfer who prepped at Wooster (Oh.) High, relieved briefly in the sixth.
Both teams finished with 10 hits each with Kreg Garner of Northwest Rankin High leading the Wildcats with a home run and two singles (four RBIs), while Tracy Hadley of Pascagoula High and Derrick Mount of Harrison Central High had two singles each, Darien Brown of Hattiesburg High doubled, and Justin Demary of Iowa (La.) High and Jalen Haskin of Oak Grove High both has base hits. Jacob Taylor of Picayune High had an RBI for PRCC.
For Hinds, Upton homered and had two singled (two RBIs), while Luke Reynolds tripled and singled (one RBI), Chase Lunceford homered (three RBIs), and Marshall Boggs, Casey Echols, Brian Mills, and Toler Robinson all had base hits. Matt Jones had an RBI for the Eagles.
Pearl River committed five errors in the game to Hinds’ none.
In the nightcap game, the first five innings went scoreless, but Pearl River scored its go-ahead run in the top of the sixth when lead off Lamar Anthony walked, moved to second off a sacrifice, stole third base, and scored off a single to center field by Nathan Pugh of Starkville High. A strikeout later, Haskin was intentionally walked before Demary was K’ed for the final out.
In the bottom of the frame, Jones cracked a one-out base hit to center and scored off Boggs’ ensuing triple to tie it up at 1-1 before Jonathan Washam’s double scored Boggs to take the lead. The Eagles left the bases loaded when Lunceford flew out to left to end the inning.
The Wildcats managed one base runner in the top of the seventh when Brown drew a two-out base on balls, but was nailed at second to end the game when Anthony reached on a fielder’s choice to end the game.
Reliever Derek Martin (3-2) picked up the win despite pitching only one-third of an inning, striking out one, while starter Houston Case went five frames, giving up two hits, striking out four, and walking two. Sanders pitched one inning of relief, recording a strikeout and a walk.
Starter Brandon Pennington of Sumrall High (3-3) got the loss in his five-and-a-third innings of action, giving up six hits, striking out two, and walking one, while Taylor relieved in the sixth, striking out one and walking one.
The River finished with three hits --- all singles by Anthony, Mount, and Pugh (one RBI) --- while Hinds smacked six. Washam doubled and singled (one RBI), Jones had two base hits, Boggs tripled (one RBI), and Upton singled.
Pearl River committed four errors in the game to Hinds’ none.
The Wildcats and Eagles eye a South Division rematch set for Wednesday, April 23, with a 4 p.m. doubleheader in Wildcat Stadium in Poplarville. Sunday's twin bill was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was rescheduled due to wet field conditions.
PRCC returns to action Tuesday when it hosts South Division rival Mississippi Gulf Coast (4 p.m. doubleheader) before division foe Copiah-Lincoln visits Wildcat Stadium Saturday (2 p.m. doubleheader).
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PEARL RIVER @ HINDS
MACJC South Division Baseball Doubleheader Played
Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ Raymond, MS
Pearl River (16-12, 3-6) 000 133 0 -- 7 10 5
Hinds (17-11, 7-2) 003 022 1 -- 8 10 0
WP: Austin Sanders (3-0), relieved in 6th, 1.2 innings, 2 hits, 1 K.
Also Pitching: Randy Bell, starter, 5.1 innings, 8 hits, 4 K.
Catcher: Caleb Upton.
LP: Colton Lee (0-1), relieved in 6th, 1.2 innings, 2 hits, 1 K, 1 BB.
Also Pitching: Jake Brumfield, starter, 5 innings, 8 hits, 1 K, 1 BB; Luke McGee (6).
Catcher: Chase Ladd.
Pearl River: Kreg Garner HR, 2-1B (4 RBI); Tracy Hadley 2-1B, Derrick Mount 2-1B, Darien Brown 2B, Justin Demary 1B, Jalen Haskin 1B. Jacob Taylor RBI.
Hinds: Caleb Upton HR, 2-1B (2 RBI); Luke Reynolds 3B, 1B (RBI), Chase Lunceford HR (3 RBI), Marshall Boggs 1B, Casey Echols 1B, Brian Mills 1B, Toler Robinson 1B. Matt Jones RBI.
Pearl River (16-13, 3-7) 000 001 0 -- 1 3 4
Hinds (18-11, 8-2) 000 002 X -- 2 6 0
WP: Derek Martin (3-2), .1 inning, 1 K.
Also Pitching: Houston Case, starter, 5 innings, 2 hits, 4 K, 2 BB; Austin Sanders (6) 1 inning, 1 K, 1 BB.
Catcher: Caleb Upton.
LP: Brandon Pennington (3-3), starter, 5.1 innings, 6 hits, 2 K, 1 BB.
Also Pitching: Jacob Taylor (6), 1 K, 1 BB.
Catcher: Houston Davenport.
Pearl River: Lamar Anthony 1B, Derrick Mount 1B, Nathan Pugh 1B (RBI).
Hinds: Jonathan Washam 2B, 1B (RBI); Matt Jones 2-1B, Marshall Boggs 3B (RBI), Caleb Upton 1B.
NOTE: Pearl River and Hinds eye a South Division rematch set for Wednesday, April 23, with a 4 p.m. doubleheader in Wildcat Stadium in Poplarville. Sunday's twin bill was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed until Sunday due to wet field conditions at HCC in Raymond.
UP NEXT: Pearl River returns to action Tuesday when it plays host to South Division rival Mississippi Gulf Coast (4 p.m. doubleheader) before hosting division foe Copiah-Lincoln Saturday (2 p.m. doubleheader)