POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College proved to be comeback queens Saturday in the Sun Chief Classic at Gulf Shores, Ala.
The Wildcats won both of their games on their last at-bat, getting past Trinity Valley (Texas) 3-2 and rallying to defeat Snead State (Ala.) 8-7. The two wins put PRCC 3-1 for the annual tournament, hosted by Coastal Alabama-South.
PRCC (5-3) made the most of just three hits against Trinity Valley, scoring a run in the top of the sixth and the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh.
The Wildcats got their first run in the fourth on a run-scoring single by sophomore Ramee Taylor (Hurley), but the Cardinals tied it with a run in the bottom of the fourth and one in the fifth.
Redshirt freshman Destiny Wesley (LaPlace, La.) led off the sixth with a double, took third on a hit batter and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Kaley Lambert (Poplarville).
Sophomore Sarah Depperschmidt (Hurley) was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the seventh. She reached second on a sacrifice by sophomore Anna Grace Cooley (Lucedale), stole third and scored on Wesley’s sacrifice fly.
Sophomore Olivia Holley (Biloxi) retired Trinity in order in the bottom of the seventh for the win in relief of freshman starter Dallas Blaker (Bay St. Louis).
Snead State grabbed the lead with three runs in the top of the second, but the Wildcats got a run back in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by freshman Alyssa Pinero (Picayune).
The Parsons added a run in the fourth, and PRCC responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth on run-scoring singles by Wesley and sophomore Halle Melone (Oklahoma City). However, Snead State regained a three-run lead in the top of the sixth.
Pearl River started its comeback with a two-run pinch-hit home run by freshman Ramey Cochran (Lucedale), but the Parsons pushed their lead back to two with a run in the top of the seventh.
The winning rally started with one out on a single by freshman Elizabeth Taggard (Picayune). Melone drew a walk, then freshman Mary Grace Turner (Leakesville) drove in a run with a single and the runners advanced on a throw to the plate.
Snead State got a second out, but Cochran blooped a 1-2 pitch into centerfield to drive in the tying and winning runs.
Holley (4-1) picked up another win in relief of freshman starter Rylee Swilley (Kiln).
Pearl River will return to action at Baton Rouge (La.) for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday, the Wildcats will open their MACJC schedule at home on Feb. 28 against Southwest Mississippi.
PRCC SOFTBALL LINESCORES
Sun Chief Classic
Saturday at Gulf Shores, Ala.
Pearl River 3, Trinity Valley (Texas) 2)
PRCC 000 101 1 – 3 3 0
TVCC 000 110 0 – 2 5 3
PEARL RIVER (4-3): Destiny Wesley 2B; Ramee Taylor 1B; Jordan Lee 1B. WP – Olivia Holley (3-1). Also pitching – Dallas Blaker (starter).
TRINITY VALLEY (6-8): Savannah Martinez HR (solo), 1B; Ryan Kaniho 1B; Destiny Hernandez 1B; Mele Pasikala. LP – Mikayla Delos Santos (0-2). Also pitching – Savannah Martinez (starter).
Pearl River 8, Snead State (Ala.) 7
SSCC 030 102 1 – 7 4 2
PRCC 010 022 3 – 8 11 8
SNEAD STATE (2-10): Ashlyn Benefield 1B; Maddi Purvis HR (3-run), 2B, 1B (6 RBIs). LP – Kayla Reid (0-1). Also pitching – Rilee Whote (starter); Torie Garner.
PEARL RIVER (5-3): Anna Grace Cooley 1B; Destiny Wesley 1B; Elizabeth Taggard 2 1B; Halle Melone 1B; Mary Grace Turner 1B; Brook Smith 2 1B; Alyssa Pinero 1B; Ramey Cochran HR (2-run), 1B (4 RBIs). WP – Olivia Holley (4-1). Also pitching – Rylee Swilley (starter).