Pearl River sends Northwest packing

          SENATOBIA --- Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats grabbed a berth in May 2-4’s MACJC State Softball Tournament at Itawamba Community College in Fulton after downing Northwest Mississippi 5-4 in the deciding game of a best-of-three series here Saturday.
            PRCC downed the host Lady Rangers 5-1 on Friday in the first game of the series.
            Starting pitcher Rachel Hickman (19-8) picked up the win, complimenting her four-hit victory on Friday. The freshman out of Poplarville High pitched six innings, giving up all six Northwest hits, striking out three, walking two, and hitting a batter, before Courtney Warr of Theodore (Ala.) High closed it out in the seventh.
            Jessica Holliday (4-3) got the mound loss in relief of starter Kiley Dunagen, who went four frames, giving up four hits, striking out four, walking two, and hit a batter, and gave up three earned runs. Holliday gave up three hits, struck out two, and gave up two earned runs.
            The Lady Wildcats went up 2-0 in the first when Warr cracked a two-RBI single, scoring Heather Boutwell of Oak Grove High and Megan Scronce of Petal High, but the Lady Rangers took a 3-2 edge in the bottom of the third off a solo homer by Peyton Clanton and a two-run double by Haley Vance.
            In the top of the fifth, Scronce led off with a single and Kelsea Lewis of Oak Grove High followed with a two-run homer two outs later to put The River back on top. But NWCC answered with a solo run off an RBI single by Roxanna Kimes to knot things up at 4-4 after five frames.
            PRCC scored the game-winning run in the sixth when Hickman led off with a double to right center field, moved to third off a sac bunt by Kaci Lantrip of Terry High, and scored off a ground out by Hannah Holloway of Petal High.
            In the bottom of the seventh Hickman saw Northwest lead off batter Alex Barrett reached on an error before exiting the mound for Warr, who saw Micalah Beall reached on a fielder’s choice thenretired two straight to end the game.
            Scronce paced Pearl River’s seven-hit effort with a double and a single, while Lewis homered (two RBIs), Hickman doubled, and Heather Boutwell of Oak Grove High, Emily Jackson of Theodore (Ala.) High, and Warr (two RBIs) all had base hits. Holloway also had an RBI for the Lady Wildcats.
            Northwest finished with six hits, led by Barrett’s two singles, while Clanton homered (one RBI), Haley Vance doubled (one RBI) and Beall and Roxanne Kimes (one RBI) both had singles.
            The Lady Wildcats committed three errors in the game to the Lady Rangers’ none.
            In Friday’s opening game of the series, Hickman went the distance in hurling a four-hitter and striking out eight Lady Ranger batters en route to picking up the win. Lady Ranger starter Beall (6-3) got the loss three-and-a-third innings of work, while Lydia Dias (one inning) and Holliday (two-and-two-thirds innings) saw relief duty.
            The two teams battled to a scoreless stalemate after three innings, but the Lady Wildcats unleashed a four-run effort in the top of the fourth and added a solo run in the fifth. Northwest scored its only run in the sixth.
            In the fourth, Lewis led off with a base hit and scored an out later off Hickman’s double. Lantrip then reached on an error, scoring Hickman, Holloway singled, and Allie Flint of Madison Central High followed with a two-run base hit to make it 4-0.
            Hickman reached on a one-out error in the fifth, winding up at third, and scored off Lantrip’s ensuing base hit to left field.
            Northwest’s Barrett led of with a walk in the bottom of the sixth before Beall reached on a fielder’s choise and scored Kendall Alford’s RBI double for the Lady Rangers’ only run.
            Boutwell paced Pearl River’s eight-hit effort with two singles, while Hickman (one RBI) and Scronce both doubled. Flint (two RBIs), Holloway, Lantrip (two RBIs), and Lewis all singled.
            Northwest finished with four hits off Kendall Alford’s double and Beall’s, Naomi Neecom’s, and Vance’s base hits.
            PRCC played error-free, while NWCC committed three defensive miscues.
            The Lady Wildcats enter the MACJC Tournament as the South’s No. 3 seed and will tackle South No. 1 and second-ranked Jones County in opening-round action Friday.
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Game Two of MACJC Best-Of-Three Playoff Series
Played Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ Senatobia, MS
Pearl River            (26-16)   200    021   0  --  5      7      3
Northwest Miss.  (29-14)   003    010   0  --  4      6      0
WP: Rachel Hickman (19-8), starter, 6 innings, 6 hits, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 HBP.
Also Pitching: Courtney Warr (7).
Catcher: Kelsea Lewis.
LP: Jessica Holliday (4-3), relieved in 5th, 3 innings, 3 hits, 2 K.
Also Pitching: Kiley Dunagen, starter, 4 innings, 4 hits, 4 K, 2 BB, 1 HBP.
Catcher: Kendall Alford.
Pearl River: Megan Scronce 2B, 1B; Kelsea Lewis HR (2 RBI), Rachel Hickman 2B, Heather Boutwell 1B, Emily Jackson 1B, Courtney Warr 1B (2 RBI). Hannah Holloway RBI.
Northwest Miss.: Alex Barrett 2-1B, Peyton Clanton HR (RBI), Haley Vance 2B (RBI), Micalah Beall 1B, Roxanna Kimes 1B (RBI).
UP NEXT: Pearl River enters the MACJC State Tournament set next Friday through Sunday at Itawamba CC in Fulton.
Game One of MACJC Best-Of-Three Playoff Series
Played Friday, April 25, 2014 @ Senatobia, MS
Pearl River            (25-16)   000    410   0  --  5      8      0
Northwest Miss.  (29-13)   000    001   0  --  1      4      3
WP: Rachel Hickman (18-8), starter, distance, 4 hits, 8 K, 3 BB.
Also Pitching: None.
Catcher: Kelsea Lewis.
LP: Micalah Beall (6-3), starter, 3.1 innings, 5 hits, 1 BB.
Also Pitching: Lydia Dias (4) 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 HBP; Jessica Holliday (5), 1 hit, 2 K.
Catcher: Allison Helton.
Pearl River: Heather Boutwell 2-1B, Rachel Hickman 2B (RBI), Megan Scronce 2B, Allie Flint 1B (2 RBI), Hannah Holloway 1B, Kaci Lantrip 1B (2 RBI), Kelsea Lewis 1B.
Northwest Miss.: Kendall Alford 2B, Micalah Beall 1B, Naomi Neecom 1B, Haley Vance 1B.

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