Pearl River Community College once let a chance to keep its flickering playoff hopes alive in an MACJC doubleheader against Meridian Friday afternoon at Wildcat Stadium.
The Wildcats played one of their best all-around games of the season in the opener, defeating the Eagles 11-3 in six innings, but were unable to seal the deal in the nightcap, as Meridian broke open a scoreless game in the late innings to win 5-1.
PRCC (18-20 overall, 10-16 conference) is still mathematically alive for the eighth and final spot in the MACJC State Tournament, but the Wildcats need a lot of things to go their way to squeeze into the playoffs. Meridian (15-20, 10-14) is in a similar situation as Pearl River.
In the first game, freshmen Ilyssa Easton, Olivia Holley and Krista Robles each had two-run doubles in the consecutive innings to pace the Wildcats offensively. Easton also had a pair of singles.
The Eagles broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, then added three more in the seventh after PRCC got a run in the bottom of the fifth. The Wildcats were held to just five hits, all singles.
Following the doubleheader, PRCC honored its five sophomores who played their final game at Wildcat Stadium. They were Brooke Barnes, Kristin Martin, Katie Perry, Madison Scoggin and Jackie Shows.
Pearl River completes its regular-season schedule next week with road games against LSU-Eunice in non-conference play at 2 p.m. Wednesday and Holmes at 1 p.m. Saturday in its conference and season finale.
PRCC SOFTBALL LINESCORES
Friday at Poplarville
Pearl River 11, Meridian 3 (6 innings)
Meridian 200 010 – 3 7 2
Pearl River 133 301 – 11 12 0
MERIDIAN (14-20, 9-14 in MACJC): Anna Lloyd 1B; Brianna Duquette 2B; Tia Johnson 2B; Mycahla Howard 1B; Courtney Moore 1B; Tiana Boutte 1B; Kandler Flora. LP – Mackenzzie Harvey. Also pitching – Kaylie Delapaz; Tiana Boutte.
PEARL RIVER (18-19, 10-15 in MACJC): Anna Grace Cooley 2B, 1B; Ilyssa Easton 2B, 2 1B; Krista Robles 2B; Rylee Dawsey 1B; Bailey Street 2 1B; Olivia Holley 2B; Katie Perry 2 1B 1B. WP – Jackie Shows (8-8).
Meridian 5, Pearl River 1
Meridian 000 020 3 – 5 9 1
Pearl River 000 010 0 – 9 13 2
MERIDIAN (15-20, 10-14 in MACJC): Anna Lloyd 2 1B; Brianna Duquette 1B; Tia Johnson 2B, 2 1B; Mycahla Howard 2B, 1B; KeeLee Ladnier 1B. WP – Tiana Boutte.
PEARL RIVER (18-20, 10-16 in MACJC): Krista Robles 2B, 1B; Bailey Street 1B; Katie Perry 2 1B. LP – Olivia Holley (5-10). Also pitching – Madison Scoggin.
(Photos by PRCC Sports Information)
(Left photo) Five Pearl River softball players were honored following Friday’s doubleheader against Meridian. They were (from left) Brooke Barnes, Madison Scoggin, Jackie Shows, Kristen Martin and Katie Perry.
(Right photo) Pearl River softball coach Leigh White (left) shows PRCC president Dr. William Lewis and his wife, Janet Gale, where to throw as they prepare to toss the ceremonial first pitch Friday at Wildcat Stadium. Dr. Lewis is retiring in June after 17 years as PRCC’s leader.