POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College split a non-conference softball doubleheader Saturday against Coastal Alabama-North at Monroeville, Ala., winning the opener 3-2, but dropping the nightcap 12-6.
PRCC (9-5) got a complete-game effort from freshman pitcher Rylee Swilley (Kiln) in the opening game. In Game 2, sophomore Halle Melone (Oklahoma City) drove in four runs on three hits, including two doubles.
CACC-North (4-17) scored first in the opener, getting a run in the bottom of the second inning, but the Wildcats picked up a pair of runs in the top of the third, with the help of two errors by the Eagles.
Pearl River made it 3-1 in the fifth on a two-out single by sophomore Ilyssa Easton (Hurley), who stole second and scored on an error.
That run proved to be the difference, as the Eagles scored a run in the bottom of the seventh. However, Swilley (2-3) got a groundout with the tying run at third base to seal the victory.
In the second game, the Wildcats twice had a three-run lead, but CACC-N scored three runs in the fourth and eight runs in the fifth to produce a win.
Melone’s first double of the game drove in the Wildcats’ first run of the game, and she singled in two runs in the third.
After the Eagles tied it in the fourth, PRCC got an RBI double by Melone for a run, freshman Neely McLeod had a run-scoring single and freshman Jordan Lee (Redwood) drove in a run with a single.
Sophomore Olivia Holley (Biloxi) was victimized for six runs, just one earned, in the Eagles’ fifth-inning outburst. She took the loss, dropping her record to 5-2.
The Wildcats will resume conference play at 3 p.m. Tuesday against Hinds at Raymond, then they will return home to face Northeast Mississippi in a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Friday.
PRCC SOFTBALL LINESCORES
Saturday at Monroeville, Ala.
Pearl River 3, Coastal Alabama-North 2
PRCC 002 010 0 – 3 5 2
CACC-N 010 000 1 – 2 8 3
PEARL RIVER (9-4): Anna Grace Cooley 2 1B; Ilyssa Easton 1B; Elizabeth Taggard 1B; Ashley Terwilliger 1B. WP – Rylee Swilley (2-3).
COASTAL ALABAMA-NORTH (3-17): Nikita Zeringue 2 1B; Kendall Palmer 2B, 1B; Abby Ray 1B; Audrey Lindsey 1B; Hannah Knapp 2 1B. LP – Jessie Blackwell (0-1).
Coastal Alabama-North 12, Pearl River 6
PRCC 102 030 0 – 6 10 2
CACC-N 000 381 x – 12 11 1
PEARL RIVER (9-5): Anna Grace Cooley 1B; Ilyssa Easton 2B, 1B; Elizabeth Taggard 1B; Halle Melone 2 2B, 1B (4 RBIs); Neely McLeod 1B; Jada Walker 1B; Jordan Lee 1B. LP – Olivia Holley (5-2). Also pitching – Dallas Blaker (starter); Elizabeth Taggard.
COASTAL ALABAMA-NORTH (7-5, 0-2 in MACJC): Mya Myhand 3B; Cadey Brown 1B; Kendall Palmer 2B, 1B; Leondria Parker 2 1B; Abby Ray 1B; Audrey Lindsey HR (3-run), 1B (5 RBIs); Cameron Andrews 1B. WP – Megan Brooks (2-5). Also pitching – Caroline Nelson (starter)..