POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College overcame a loss in the opening game of an MACJC doubleheader to defeat sixth-ranked Jones County in spectacular fashion in the nightcap.
The opening game had been postponed from last Tuesday because of stormy weather with JCJC leading 3-0 after four innings. After the game was resumed on Sunday, the Bobcats went on to win it 6-1, but the Wildcats roared back to win the second game 11-2 in 4-1/2 innings.
Jones remained atop the MACJC standings at 16-2 in conference play (27-6 overall), while PRCC (20-15, 10-10) remained tied for eighth place.
“It’s awesome,” said PRCC coach Leigh White. “We played as a team, and the girls were awfully resilient. They did a great job.”
Briana Leonard hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of the opener, but JCJC pulled away with three runs in the seventh. Rachel Hayes (14-1) earned the win for the Bobcats. She allowed just three hits, struck out nine and walked one. Jackie Shows (1-1) took the loss for PRCC.
Rachel Brockhaus drove in five runs on a three-run home run and a two-run double to power PRCC to the victory in the nightcap.
The Wildcats scored eight runs in the bottom of the second inning – only one of which was earned – helped by a pair of Bobcat errors.
Jones grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run single by Brittany Baty, but the Wildcats manufactured a run in the bottom of the inning, then blew it open in the second inning off Jones starter Amanda Holliday (9-4).
Mary Grace Key had a run-scoring single, then Shay Rosser got two runs in when Holliday misplayed a grounder up the middle on what would have been the third out of the inning.
Leonard drove in a pair of runs with a single, then Brockhaus greeted reliever Haylee Morse with a bomb to straight-away centerfield to make it 9-2.
Amanda Ingram (7-7) scattered six hits and shrugged off three Wildcat errors. She struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Pearl River will take to the road on Tuesday to face Copiah-Lincoln in a 3 p.m. doubleheader, before another road trip from to Meridian.
(Photos by Janet Braswell/PRCC Sports Information)
Pearl River’s Rachel Brockhaus slides across home plate safely for the first run in an eight-inning rally in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday against Jones County at Poplarville.
Pearl River’s Rachel Brockhaus is greeted by her teammates after smacking a three-run home run against Jones County in junior college softball action Sunday at Poplarville.
Pearl River pitcher Amanda Ingram fires one in to the plate during junior college softball action against Jones County Sunday at Poplarville.
PRCC SOFTBALL LINESCORES
Sunday at Poplarville
Jones County 6, Pearl River 1
Jones County 300-000-3 – 6-7-0
Pearl River 000-010-0 – 1-3-1
JONES COUNTY (27-5, 16-1 in MACJC): Kelly Byrd HR; Brittany Baty 1B; Autunm Frost 2 1B; Rachel Hayes 2B, 1B; Ashley Valentine 1B. WP – Rachel Hayes (14-1), 9 Ks.
PEARL RIVER (19-15, 9-10 in MACJC): Briana Leonard HR; Rachel Brockhaus 2B; Mary Grace Key 1B. LP – Jackie Shows (1-1).
Pearl River 11, Jones County 2, 5 innings
Jones County 200-00 – 2-6-3
Pearl River 180-2x – 11-8-3
JONES COUNTY (27-6, 16-2 in MACJC): Kalyn Watts 1B; Cori McCrary 1B; Brittany Baty 2 1B; Autumn Frost 1B; Brittany Hagwood 1B. LP – Amanda Holliday (9-4). Also pitching – Haylee Morse; Jasmine Hill.
PEARL RIVER (20-15, 10-10 in MACJC): Branda Northrop 1B; Briana Leonard 2 1B; Rachel Brockhaus HR, 2B (5 RBIs); Amanda Ingram 1B; Mary Grace Key 1B; Alyssa Croncich 1B. WP – Amanda Ingram (7-7).