POPLARVILLE --- Nationally-ranked and undefeated Jones County swept Pearl River in MACJC South Division softball action here Wednesday via 7-2, 11-1 wins to improve to 24-0 overall and 10-0 in division play.
PRCC, on the other hand, dropped to 13-9 and 7-3.
The victorious Lady Bobcats scored five runs in the top of the fourth to pick up the win in the first game before exploding for a combined 10 runs in the forth and fifth frames in the nightcap to take the lopsided decision in five innings via the 10-run rule.
In the opening contest, things were scoreless in the first, but the host Lady Wildcats went up 1-0 in the bottom of the second when Emily Jackson out of Theodore (Ala.) High and Kaci Lantrip of Terry High led off with singles, pulled off a double steal, and Jackson scored off a sacrifice an out later by Hannah Holloway of Petal High.
JCJC loaded the bases in the third off three walks by PRCC starter Rachel Hickman of Poplarville High, but left runners stranded when Mackenzie Hawkins fouled out to thwart the threat.
In the top of the fourth, Bailey Stokes led off with a single and courtesy runner Lindy Tabor moved to second off Karla Santiago’s sac bunt, setting the stage for Savannah Lyon’s RBI double to tie it up at 1-1. After C.C. Lawn walked and Kimberly Nilsson singled, Tori Dew smacked a two-run double to take the lead for good. Lauren Holifield followed with an RBI single, while Brittany Seale’s sacrifice scored a fifth run to make it 5-1 before Makenzie Hawkins grounded to short for the final out.
The River left Jackson stranded at third in the bottom of the frame, while both teams left runners at first and third in the fifth.
In the sixth, JCJC scored its final run when Holifield hit a one-out single to left, Seale and Callen Gibson both walked to load the corners and courtesy runner Tabor scored when Stokes reached on a fielder’s choice.
The Lady Wildcats scored their final run in the seventh when Allie Flint of Madison Central High led off with a walk and Megan Scronce of Petal High doubled. Two outs later, Flint scored off Hickman’s single to left before Jackson was retired to end the game.
Jones starter Samantha Buller (13-0) picked up the win in going the distance, giving up eight hits and walking three, while Hickman (7-4) got the loss. She also pitched the distance, giving up eight hits and walking eight.
Dew (three RBIs), Holifield (one RBI), and Lawn led JCJC at the plate with two singles apiece, while Lyon doubled (one RBI), and Stokes singled (one RBI). Nilsson also had an RBI for the Lady Bobcats.
Scronce paced PRCC with a double and a single (one RBI), while Heather Boutwell of Oak Grove High, Hickman (one RBI), Jackson, Lantrip, Kelsea Lewis of Oak Grove High, and Courtney Warr of Theodore (Ala.) High all had base hits.
Pearl River committed one error in the game to Jones County’s none.
In the nightcap, things were scoreless for the first two innings before the Lady Bobcats pushed a solo run home in the third, the exploded for seven in the fourth and three in the fifth to make it 11-0. The River managed a run in the bottom of the fifth and the game ended via the 10-run rule.
Starter Holifield (13-0) got the win in her three-and-two-thirds innings on the mound, giving up three hits, striking out two, and walking one, while Teri Richey relieved in he fourth to close it out.
PRCC starter Ashley Hawkins of Theodore (Ala.) High (4-4) hurled the first three innings, giving up six hits and walking two, while Warr pitched one-third of the fourth, giving up three hits and Shelby Perry of Sumrall High picked the final one and two-thirds, giving up five hits, striking out one, and walking three.
Lawn led JCJC at the plate with three singles (two RBIs), while Dew doubled and singled (two RBIs), Reagan Gavin and Lyon (one RBI) both had two base hits, Stokes doubled (one RBI), and Makenzie Hawkins, Holifield (one RBI), Rebecca Monceaux (one RBI), and Brittany Seal all singled.
Lantrip had two singles and Holloway a base hit (one RBI).
Pearl River and Jones County eye a South Division rematch Friday, April 11 (4 p.m. doubleheader) in Ellisville.
The Lady Wildcats return to action Saturday when it hosts MACJC South Division rival Copiah-Lincoln for its annual Cancer Awareness doubleheader starting at 12 noon (Purple Games) before traveling to division foe East Central Tuesday for a 3 p.m. twin bill.
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JONES COUNTY @ PEARL RIVER
MACJC South Division Softball Doubleheader Played
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ Poplarville, MS
Jones County (23-0, 9-0) 000 501 1 -- 7 8 0
Pearl River (13-8, 7-2) 010 000 1 -- 2 8 1
WP: Samantha Buller (13-0), starter, distance, 8 hits, 3 BB.
Also Pitching: None.
Catcher: Bailey Stokes.
LP: Rachel Hickman (7-4), starter, distance, 8 hits, 8 BB.
Also Pitching: None.
Catcher: Kelsea Lewis.
Jones County: Tori Dew 2-1B (2 RBI), Lauren Holifield 2-1B (RBI), C.C. Lawn 2-1B, Savannah Lyon 2B (RBI), Bailey Stokes 1B (RBI). Kimberly Nilsson RBI.
Pearl River: Megan Scronce 2B, 1B (RBI); Heather Boutwell 1B, Rachel Hickman 1B (RBI), Emily Jackson 1B, Kaci Lantrip 1, Kelsea Lewis 1B, Courtney Warr 1B. Hannah Holloway RBI.
Jones County (24-0, 10-0) 001 73X X -- 11 14 0
Pearl River (13-9, 7-3) 000 01X X -- 1 3 0
WP: Lauren Holifield (10-0), 3.2 innings, 3 hits, 2 K, 1 BB.
Also Pitching: Teri Richey, starter, 1.1 innings.
Catcher: Bailey Stokes.
LP: Ashley Hawkins (4-4), starter, 3 innings, 6 hits, 2 BB.
Also Pitching: Courtney Warr (4), .1 inning, 3 hits; Perry Shelby (4), 1.2 innings, 5 hits, 1 K, 3 BB.
Catcher: Brooke Roberts.
Jones County: C.C. Lawn 3-1B, Tori Dew 2B, 1B; Reagan Gavin 2-1B, Savannah Lyon 2-1B, Bailey Stokes 2B, Makenzie Hawkins 1B, Lillian Holifield 1B, Rebecca Monceaux 1B, Brittany Seale 1B.
Pearl River: Kaci Lantrip 2-1B, Hannah Holloway 1B (RBI).
NOTE: Pearl River and Jones County eye a South Division rematch Friday, April 11 (4 p.m. doubleheader) in Ellisville.
UP NEXT: Pearl River returns to action Saturday when it hosts MACJC South Division rival Copiah-Lincoln (12 noon doubleheader) for its annual Cancer Awareness twin bill (Purple Games) before traveling to division foe East Central Tuesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.
Jones sweeps River