Lady Wildcats split with ASCC in season-opening twin bill

            POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River Community College opened its 2014 softball season with a doubleheader split against Alabama Southern here Friday, falling 7-2 in the first game before rebounding with a 5-3 victory in the nightcap.
            Both squads are now 1-1 overall.
            In the first game, the Lady Wildcats fell behind 1-0 in the top of the opening inning when ASCC’s Rebekah Blackstock drilled a one-out single down the first base line and Kayla Jordan drove her home an out later with a double to left.
            In the bottom of the frame, Heather Boutwell of Oak Grove High outran a hit to short for a single and Brooke Roberts out of St. Amant High in Gonzales, La., followed with a two-run homer over the left field fence to make it 2-1. Kelsea Lewis of Oak Grove High flew out to center to end the inning.
            But PRCC’s one-run lead was short-lived. In the top of the second, Baylee Stafford drew a one-out walk and scored when Ali Parker then reached on an error winding up at second. A walk later, Kelsey Ledkins pushed in the go-ahead run when she reached on a fielder’s choice before Blackstock popped out and Mary Cate Hereford struck out.
            Pearl River left runners stranded at first and second in the bottom of the second, while Alabama Southern padded its lead with four in the top of the third. Jordan and Chelsea Gholson led off with a single and a double, which prompted the mound exit for starter Shelby Perry of Sumrall High for Ashley Hawkins of Theodore (Ala.) High.
            Hawkins immediately gave up a two-run double to Jessica Parnell before she struck out Stafford. Parker then outran a bunt for a base hit and Ledkins cracked a two-run single a strikeout later to make it 7-2 before Blackstock grounded to second for the final out.
            PRCC went three up, three down in the bottom of the third and fourth innings, left two runners stranded in the fifth, and ASCC starter Jordan retired the side in the sixth. Hannah Holloway of Petal High managed a one-out single in the seventh.
            Jordan (1-0) got the win in going the distance, giving up six hits and striking out three, while Perry (0-1) got the loss in her two innings on the mound. She gave up four hits, struck out one, and walked two before Hawkins relieved in the third, giving up four hits, striking out two, and walking one.
            Jordan paced the Lady Eagles at the plate with a double and a single (one RBI), while Gholson and Parnell (two RBIs) both doubled. Blackstock, Hereford, Ledkins (one RBI), and Parker all had base hits.
            Micah Davis of Poplarville High led The River with two singles, while Roberts homered (two RBIs) and Boutwell, Kaci Lantrip of Terry High, and Megan Scronce of Petal High all singled.
            Pearl River committed four errors in the game to Alabama Southern’s two.
            In the nightcap game, things were scoreless for the first two innings before ASCC went up 2-0 in the top of the third only to see PRCC answer with four in the bottom of the frame.
            The Lady Eagles added a solo run in the top of the fifth, while the Lady Wildcats scored the game’s final run in the bottom of the sixth.
            Starter Rachel Hickman of Poplarville High (1-0) got the win in going the distance, giving up six hits and striking out five, while Jordan (1-1) got the loss after relieving starter Heather Thompson in the third. Jordan gave up four hits in her four innings of relief, striking out two and walking two, while Thompson gave up three hits and four base on balls.
            Stafford led ASCC with a double and a single, while Ashley Richardson had two singles and Hereford and Parnell both had base hits.
            Lewis paced Pearl River’s seven-hit effort with a double and a single (two RBIs), while Scronce had two singles, Emily Jackson of Theodore (Ala.) High doubled (one RBI), and Boutwell (one RBI) and Holloway (one RBI) both singled.
            The Lady Wildcats committed three errors in the game to the Lady Eagles’ one.
            PRCC returns to action Monday when it hosts Faulkner State (Ala.) and MACJC non-division foe East Mississippi Tuesday. Both doubleheaders start at 3 p.m.
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NJCAA Baseball Doubleheader Played
Feb. 7, 2014 in Poplarville, MS
Alabama Southern  (1-0)   124  000   0 --  7     8    2
Pearl River          (0-1)   200  000  0 --   2     6   4
WP: Kayla Jordan (1-0), starter, distance, 6 hits, 3 K.
Also Pitching: None.
Catcher: Baylee Stafford.
LP: Shelby Perry (0-1), starter, 2 innings, 4 hits, 1 K, 2 BB.
Also Pitching: Ashley Hawkins (3), 4 hits, 2 K, 1 BB.
Catcher: Kelsea Lewis.
Alabama Southern: Kayla Jordan 2B, 1B (RBI), Chelsea Gholson 2B, Jessica Parnell 2B (2 RBI), Rebeckah Blackstock 1B, Mary Cate Hereford 1B, Kelsey Ledkins 1B (RBI), Ali Parker 1B.
Pearl River: Micah Davis 2-1B, Brooke Roberts HR (2 RBI), Heather Boutwell 1B, Kaci Lantrip 1B, Megan Scronce 1B.
Alabama Southern (1-1)  002  010   0 --   3     6     1
Pearl River        (1-1)  004  001   X --  5     7     3
WP: Rachel Hickman (1-0), starter, distance, 6 hits, 5 K.
Also Pitching: None.
Catcher: Brooke Roberts.
LP: Shelby Kayla Jordan (1-1), relieved in 3rd, 4 innings, 4 hits, 2 K, 2 BB.
Also Pitching: Heather Thompson, starter, 2 innings, 3 hits, 4 BB.
Catcher: Baylee Stafford.
Alabama Southern: Baylee Stafford 2B, 1B; Ashley Richardson 2-1B, Mary Cate Hereford 1B, Jessica Parnell 1B.
Pearl River: Micah Kelsea Lewis 2B, 1B (2 RBI); Megan Scronce 2-1B, Emily Jackson 2B (RBI), Heather Boutwell 1B (RBI), Hannah Holloway 1B (RBI).
UP NEXT: Pearl River returns to action Monday when it hosts Faulkner State (Ala.) and MACJC non-division rival East Mississippi Tuesday. Both doubleheaders start at 3 p.m..

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