Wildcats split pair at home against Itawamba

Wildcats split pair at home against Itawamba

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College mounted a comeback for the ages in the opening game of an MACJC doubleheader Saturday against Itawamba, but couldn’t sustain its momentum in the second game.

The Wildcats overcame a 9-1 deficit in the first game of the twinbill at Wildcat Staidum to win 11-10 in 10 innings, but the Indians rallied in the final two innings to take a 7-3 victory in the nightcap.

PRCC reached the halfway point in conference play at 2-12 overall and 5-9 in conference. Itawamba is now 15-13 and 3-9.

The Indians jumped on Wildcat started Peyton Lee in the top of the third inning for nine runs on 10 hits, after Pearl River had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on Graham Hackbarth’s run-scoring double.

Drake Nightengale came on to get the final out of the inning with runners on first and third, then went the rest of the way for the Wildcats.

PRCC began chipping away at the deficit in the fourth when back-to-back home runs by Austin Moffett and Lucas Scott produced three runs.

Carter Hankins and Hackbarth produced run-scoring singles in the fifth, and the Wildcats tied it up with three more runs in the sixth.

A leadoff single by Jonathan Turner, followed by a passed ball, a sacrifice and a wild pitch plated the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. However Ty Wheeler’s leadoff homer in the ninth tied it back up.

Nightengale got out of the inning without further trouble, though and kept the Indians off the scoreboard in the 10th.

Zachary Clark led off the bottom of the 10th by reaching on an infield single. He was sacrificed to second and scored the winning run on Turner’s double. Clark finished the game with four singles, and Turner had two doubles and two singles.

Nightengale (4-0) pitched 7-1/3 innings. He allowed a run on five hits, struck out six and walked one. Kaleb Barnes (0-1), the fourth pitcher for Itawamba took the loss.

Pearl River had a 3-1 lead in the nightcap after four innings, but Itawamba scored three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to earn the split.

Clark drove in two runs for the Wildcats in the third and Justin Demary had a run-scoring double in the fourth. Russ Payne had a two-run single for the Indians in the sixth, and Cody Pate added a two-run homer in the seventh.

Billy Cox (1-1) took the loss for PRCC in relief of starter Zachary Boone, who allowed two runs on seven hits in 4-1/3 innings. John Morgan Payne (4-3) went the distance for ICC. He allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked four.

Pearl River is scheduled to return to the road on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Hinds, then Wildcats are back home Saturday for a 1 p.m. twinbill against Meridian.

(Photos by Stan Caldwell/PRCC Sports Information)
PRCC BB Teer 1: Pearl River batter Gage Teer fouls a ball into the dirt at home plate during junior college baseball action Saturday at Poplarville.
PRCC BB Boone 4: Pearl River pitcher Zachary Boone goes into his windup as he pitches against Itawamba Saturday at Poplarville.


Saturday at Poplarville
Pearl River 11, Itawamba 10, 10 innings
Itawamba        009-000-001-0 – 10-16-0
Pearl River      010-323-010-1 – 11-16-0
ITAWAMBA (14-13, 2-9 in MACJC): Delvin Zinn 3 1B; Hagen Box 1B; Timothy Rowe 2B, 2 1B; Ty Wheeler HR, 2B; Bryan Malone 2 1B; Drake Rowton 1B; Tyreque Reed 1B; Keith Stepter 2 1B; Russ Payne 1B. LP – Kalen Barnes (0-1). Also pitching – Nick Burns (starter); Blake Appel; Jonas White.
PEARL RIVER (20-11, 5-8 in MACJC): Austin Moffett HR; Lucas Scott HR, 1B; Zachary Clark 4 1B; Jonathan Turner 2 2B, 2 1B; Carter Hankins 2 1B; Graham Hackbarth 2B, 1B; Chandler Ray 1B. WP – Drake Nightengale (4-0). Also pitching – Peyton Lee (starter).
Itawamba 7, Pearl River 3
Itawamba        000-113-2 – 7-11-1
Pearl River      002-100-0 – 3-4-2
ITAWAMBA (15-13, 3-9 in MACJC): Delvin Zinn 1B; Hagen Box 2B, 1B; Ty Wheeler 1B; Bryan Malone 2 1B; Drake Rowton 1B; Cody Pate HR, 1B; Keith Stepter 1B; Russ Payne 1B. WP – John Morgan Payne (4-3) 8 Ks.
PEARL RIVER (20-12, 5-9 in MACJC): Zachary Clark 2 1B; Graham Hackbarth 2B; Justin Demary 2B. LP – Billy Cox (2-1). Also pitching – Zachary Boone (starter); Cody Lee.

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