POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College uncorked the lumber in the first game of a doubleheader against Coastal Alabama-South, but those bats went silent in the night as the Wildcats and the Sun Chiefs split a pair of games.
PRCC smacked six home runs in the opener and crushed the Sun Chiefs 15-6 in six innings to take the first game. However CACC-S made the most of just two hits to win the nightcap 4-2.
Pearl River (6-4) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on the first of three homers by freshman Ramey Cochran (Lucedale), and added two more runs in the third on a double by redshirt freshman Destiny Wesley (LaPlace, La.)
Coastal Alabama (7-10-1) got two runs back in the top of the fifth inning off sophomore Olivia Holley (Biloxi), but the Wildcats responded in the bottom of the inning for six runs, five coming on three mammoth shots.
Sophomore Ilyssa Easton led off the inning with a homer to leftfield. After a walk and a double by freshman Elizabeth Taggard (Picayune), sophomore Halle Melone (Oklahoma City) blasted a three-run shot. Cochran followed with her second longball of the game.
The Sun Chiefs answered with a four-run rally in the top of the sixth, but the Wildcats came right back with a game-ending six-run outburst of their own. Cochran hit a three-run homer, then sophomore Kaley Lambert (Poplarville) ended it with a three-run home run off the bench.
Holley (5-1) picked up the win, giving up six runs on eight hits. She struck out one and walked one.
It was a completely different game in the nightcap, with hits and runs at a premium. The Wildcats scored a run in the bottom of the first, when Easton drew a one-out walk, scoring on a groundout to shortstop after PRCC had loaded the bases with a pair of singles.
Pearl River freshman Dallas Blaker (Bay St. Louis) handcuffed the Sun Chiefs on just one hit until the fifth, when she surrendered a walk to open the inning, ending her day.
Freshman Rylee Swilley (Kiln) came on in relief, but she walked the first batter she faced, and both runs scored on an error with two out.
The Wildcats tied it up in the bottom of the fifth on a leadoff solo home run by freshman Mary Grace Turner (Leakesville), one of the few mistakes made by CACC-S freshman pitcher Brooklin Thompson.
PRCC got runners to second and third with two out in the sixth, but Thompson got out of the jam without allowing a run.
The Sun Chiefs went back in front in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with two out on pair of walks and a single, and two runs scored on two wild pitches from Swilley (0-2).
Pearl River received two walks to open the bottom of the seventh, but Thompson induced two popups and got a strikeout to seal the win.
PRCC’s scheduled game at Baton Rouge (La.) Wednesday has been postponed due to expected bad weather. The Wildcats will return to action next Wednesday as they open MACJC play at home against Southwest Mississippi.
PRCC SOFTBALL LINESCORES
Tuesday at Poplarville
Pearl River 15, Coastal Alabama-South 6
CACC 000 024 – 6 8 3
PRCC 012 066 – 15 14 1
COASTAL ALABAMA-SOUTH (6-10-1): Sydney Lee 1B; Cassidy Huff 1B; Britany Davison 1B; Savannah Ullrich 2 1B; Crislin Graham 1B; Julia Rodemoyer 1B; Megan Morse HR (2-run). LP – Madilyn Seymour (2-5). Also pitching – Julia Rodemoyer.
PEARL RIVER (6-3): Anna Grace Cooley 2 1B; Kaley Lambert HR (3-run); Ilyssa EWaston HR (solo), 1B; Destiny Wesley 2B; Elizabeth Taggard 2B; Halle Melone HR (3-run), 1B; Ramee Cochran 3 HR (solo, 3-run, solo) (5 RBIs); Brook Smith 1B; Ramey Taylor 2B. WP – Olivia Holley (5-1). Also pitching – Dallas Blaker.
Coastal Alabama-South 4, Pearl River 2
CACC 000 020 2 – 4 2 0
PRCC 100 010 0 – 2 4 1
COASTAL ALABAMA-SOUTH (7-10-1): Tyla Abadie 2B; Britany Davison 1B. WP – Brooklin Thompson (4-2).
PEARL RIVER (6-4): Destiny Wesley 2 1B; Elizabeth Taggard 1B; Mary Grace Turner HR (solo). LP Rylee Swilley (0-2). Also pitching – Dallas Blaker (starter).