Pearl River 7-3 winner over Northwest in opening round of MACJC Tournament

            POPLARVILLE — Eighth-ranked and South Division champ Pearl River pulled off a 7-3 opening-round victory over Northwest Mississippi here Thursday in the four-team MACJC State Tournament underway in Wildcat Stadium.
            East Central opened the event with a lopsided 19-1 (five innings) victory over North champ Northeast Mississippi.
            PRCC improved to 39-10 overall with its win, while NWCC dropped to 29-15. ECCC is now 29-19, while NEMCC is 30-17.
            Northeast faces Northwest at 4 p.m. Friday in a loser’s bracket contest, while Pearl River takes on East Central at 7 p.m. Those games were originally scheduled for 12 noon and 3:30 p.m., but were rescheduled due to wet field conditions.
            Against Northwest, Pearl River went up 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning, but the Rangers answered with solo runs in the top of the second and fourth frames to cut the lead to one.
            In the bottom of the fifth, the Wildcats padded their lead to two; while the Rangers scored their final run in the top of the sixth before PRCC ended the scoring in the bottom of the inning.
            Starter Christian Talley (8-4), a Southern Miss signee who prepped at Hancock County High, got the win in his seven-and-two-thirds innings on the mound; giving up six hits, striking out eight, and walking one. Another Southern Miss signee, Brandon Fry out of Nease High in Jacksonville, Fla., relieved in the eight, pitching two-thirds of an inning. He gave up two hits, struck out two, and walked one; before Nicholls State (La.) signee Ryan Deemes out of Holy Cross High in Chalmette, La., pitched the final out of the seventh.
            Ranger starter Domenick Carlini (4-5) got the loss in his seven innings of action, giving up 10 hits, striking out two, and walking one; while Will Faulkner relieved in the eight, giving up a hit and a walk.
            NWCC finished with eight hits, led by Kramer Hollenbach’s two singles (one RBI); while Jordan Barnes, Dylan Castoria, Cody Carson, Tanner Densford, Phillip Correro, and Taylor King all had base hits. Chase Clark had an RBI for the Rangers.
 
            Krisjon Wilkerson out of St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis paced the Wildcats’ 11-hit attack with a double and a single (three RBIs), while Darien Brown (one RBI) of Hattiesburg High, Ole Miss signee Braxton Lee (one RBI) of Picayune High, and Forrest Dungan of Columbia High had two base hits a piece. Kollin Cannon, another St. Stanislaus recruit, Ivan Garcia of Katy (Tex.) High, and Darius Knight of Pearl River all had singles. Nathan Pugh of Starkville High had an RBI for Pearl River.
            NWCC committed one error in the game to PRCC’s three.
            Northeast faces Northwest at 4 p.m. Friday in a loser’s bracket contest, while Pearl River takes on East Central at 7 p.m. Those games were originally scheduled for 12 noon and 3:30 p.m., but were rescheduled due to wet field conditions.

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