Pearl River Community College baseball needed to get some magic back, and what better way than a last-inning rally to finish off a doubleheader sweep.
After snapping a six-game losing streak with a 10-4 victory over Holmes in the opener, the Wildcats scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to snatch a 4-3 win in the nightcap in an MACJC twin-bill at Wildcat Stadium.
PRCC (23-15 overall) finished the day in a tie with Northwest and Mississippi Delta – both of whom the Wildcats swept earlier this season – for fifth place in the conference at 14-10. Holmes is 14-30 and 5-21. Holmes is 14-30 and 5-21.
“We’ve been scrapping, and not playing well,” said PRCC coach Michael Avalon. “It was nice to see us break out like that, and win like we did in that second game.”
In the first game, sophomore Austin Moffett was 3-for-4, and sophomore Graham Hackbarth drove in four runs with a pair of doubles.
The Wildcats broke open a scoreless game in the third inning, when they scored five runs. Sophomore Jonathan Turner drove in two runs with a single, Hackbarth followed with a two-run double, and sophomore John Moore capped the rally with a run-scoring triple.
Holmes rallied with a run in the fourth and three in the fifth off Wildcat freshman starter Camden Dusang. But PRCC pulled away with a run in the fifth on Moore’s RBI single, and three more in the sixth, keyed by Hackbarth’s second two-run double of the game.
Sophomore left-hander Parker Dungan came on in the sixth inning and earned his first save of the season with four scoreless innings of relief, scattering three hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Dusang (4-1), a right-hander, gave up seven hits, struck out four and walked three
In Game 2, Pearl River trailed 3-1 with two out in the bottom of the seventh when freshman Simon Landry smacked a two-run double, then Hackbarth drove Landry home with the game-winning run on an opposite-field double to rightfield.
Pearl River grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning when sophomore Donte Peters doubled with one out, took third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
The Bulldogs scored all of their runs in the third off freshman right-hander Colby White, and they nearly made it stand up until the Wildcats’ winning rally.
Freshman lefty Luke Bradley came on for White in the sixth with one out and runners on first and second, and got out of trouble with a strikeout and a comebacker to the mound. White gave up five hits, struck out eight and walked three.
Bradley (3-0) pitched around a one-out walk in the top of seventh to keep the two-run deficit intact.
“We were fortunate to get out of here with the sweep,” Avalon said. “But our guys never gave up. They kept battling, and the result was two big wins when we needed them.”
Pearl River will battle Copiah-Lincoln at 3 p.m. Wednesday then the Wildcats will complete the regular season at 2 p.m. Saturday at home against Coahoma.
PRCC BASEBALL LINESCORES
Saturday at Poplarville
Pearl River 10, Holmes 4
Holmes 000 130 002 – 4 10 1
Pearl River 005 013 10x – 10 11 1
HOLMES (14-29, 5-20 in MACJC): Sage Mullins 1B; Landry Newsom 2 1B; Zach Boone HR (solo), 2B; Brodie Threet 1B; Kyle Singleton 3B, 1B; Jeb Malley 1B; Chandler Powell 2B. LP – Jeb Malley (0-4). Also pitching – Peyton Sullivan
PEARL RIVER (22-15, 13-10 in MACJC): Donte Peters 1B; Jonathan Turner 2B, 1B; Graham Hackbarth 2 2B (4 RBIs); John Moore 3B, 1B; Noah Nicaud 1B; Austin Moffett 3 1B. WP – Camden Dusang (4-1). Save – Parker Dungan (1).
Pearl River 4, Holmes 3
Holmes 003 000 0 – 3 5 0
Pearl River 100 000 3 – 4 8 1
HOLMES (14-30, 5-21 in MACJC): Sage Mullins 1B; Zach Boone 1B; Brodie Threet HR (2-run); Kyle Singleton 2B; Logan Bell 1B. LP – Jeff Crenshaw (1-4) 8 Ks.
PEARL RIVER (23-15, 14-10 in MACJC): Donte Peters 2B; Simon Landry 2B, 1B; Graham Hackbarth 2B; Bryson Medious 1B; Austin Moffett 1B; Noah Nicaud 2 1B. WP – Luke Bradley (3-0). Also pitching – Colby White (starter) 8 Ks.