Jones sweeps River

Jones sweeps River

ELLISVILLE --- Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats were swept by No. 1-ranked archrival Jones County here Tuesday in MACJC South Division softball action, falling 5-1 in the first game and 10-1 (five innings) in the nightcap.
      With the losses, The River dropped to 15-10 overall and 5-5 in division play, while the home-standing Lady Bobcats, the reigning MACJC champions, remained unbeaten at 18-0 and 8-0.
            In the first game, JCJC jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first before PRCC scored its only run in the second. After scoreless third and fourth frames, the Lady Bobcats added the game’s final runs in the fifth to take the four-run victory.
Jones starter Kayleigh Williams (7-0) picked up the win in going the distance, giving up a mere two hits, striking out five, and walking two, while Lady Wildcat starter Skylar cook (6-2) of St. Amant (La.) High got the loss. She went five innings, giving up six hits, striking out one, and walking three. Dani Barton took over in the sixth and closed it out.
Brooke Roberts of St. Amant (La.) High doubled for The River, while Branda Northrop of Poplarville High had a base hit (one RBI).
Lauren Holifield paced Jones County’s six-hit effort with a home run and a single (one RBI), while Tori Dew homered (two RBIs), and Tylesha Davis (one RBI), Kimberly Nilsson (one RBI), and Kalyn Watts all had base hits.
PRCC committed three errors in the contest to JCJC’s two.
In the nightcap, Pearl River went up 1-0 in the top of the first before Jones took the lead in the bottom of the frame with two run. The Lady Bobcats added five more in the second and three in the fourth to ice the victory via the eight-run rule.
Starter Teri Richey (8-0) got the win in hurling the distance, giving up one hit, striking out six, and walking two, while PRCC starter Rachel Hickman (4-4) of Poplarville High went three-and-a-third, giving up eight hits and walking three. Barton arrived in the fourth in relief.
Northrop’s single was the only River hit, while Hannah Holloway of Petal High had an RBI.
The Lady Bobcats finished with eight hits, led by Watts with two singles (one RBI), while Dew (three RBIs) and Holifield (one RBI) both homered. Tylesha Davis (one RBI) and Brittney Seale (two RBIs) both doubled, while Jay Harris and Karla Santiago (two RBIs) both singled.
Pearl River committed a costly four errors in the game to Jones County’s one.
The two teams eye a South Division rematch in the Lady Wildcats’ Cancer Awareness Games with a 12-noon doubleheader set Saturday, April 11 on the PRCC campus.
The River resumes action Saturday when it travels to MACJC South Division rival Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson for a 12-noon doubleheader before hosting division foe East Central Tuesday in a 3 p.m. twin bill.

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PEARL RIVER @ JONES COUNTY
MACJC South Division Doubleheader
Played Tuesday, March 17, 2015 @ Poplarville, MS
 
GAME ONE
Pearl River      (15-9, 4-4)  010  000    0 -- 1   2   3
Jones County  (17-0, 7-0)  300  020    X -- 5   6   2
 
WP: Kayleigh Williams (7-0), starter, distance, 2 hits, 5 K, 2 BB.
Also Pitching: None.
Catcher: Brittney Seale.
 
LP: Skylar Cook (6-2), starter, 5 innings, 6 hits, 1 K, 3 BB.
Also Pitching: Dani Barton (6).
Catcher: Brooke Roberts.
 
HITTERS
Pearl River: Brooke Roberts 2B, Branda Northrop 1B (RBI).
 
Jones County: Lauren Holifield HR, 1B (RBI); Tori Dew HR (2 RBI), Tylesha Davis 1B (RBI), Kimberly Nilsson 1B (RBI), Kalyn Watts 1B.
 
GAME TWO
Pearl River      (15-10, 4-5)  100  0XX    X  --   1   1   4
Jones County  (18-0, 8-0)    250   32X    X -- 10   8   1
 
WP: Teri Richey (8-0), starter, distance, 1 hit, 6 K, 2 BB.
Also Pitching: None.
Catcher: Brittney Seale.
 
LP: Rachel Hickman (4-4), starter, 3.1 innings, 8 hits, 3 BB.
Also Pitching: Dani Barton (4).
Catcher: Briana Leonard.
 
HITTERS
Pearl River: Branda Northrop 1B. Hannah Holloway 1 RBI.
 
Jones County: Kalyn Watts 2-1B (RBI), Tori Dew HR (3 RBI), Lauren Holifield HR (RBI), Tylesha Davis 2B (RBI), Brittney Seale 2B (2 RBI), Jay Harris 1B, Karla Santiago 1B (2 RBI).
 
NOTE: Jones County is the reigning South Division and MACJC state champs and is ranked No. 1 in the latest NJCAA Division II softball poll.
 
UP NEXT: Pearl River resumes action Saturday when it travels to MACJC South Division rival Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson for a 12-noon doubleheader before hosting division foe East Central Tuesday in a 3 p.m. twin bill.
 

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