POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College opened its 2018 softball season on a successful note Saturday, splitting a pair of games in the Pensacola State Invitational at Pensacola, Fla.
The Wildcats opened their day with a 12-5 victory over Florence-Darlington Tech (S.C.), but dropped their second game 7-2 to Roane State (Tenn.)
PRCC opened the scoring in the first game with a three-run rally in the bottom of the second inning highlighted by a two-run triple by sophomore Ilyssa Easton (Hurley).
The Wildcats made it 6-1 in the fourth inning with the help of a two-run single by sophomore Halle Melone (Oklahoma City).
FDT got four runs back in the top of the sixth, but Pearl River broke it open in the bottom of the sixth, scoring six runs, with big blow a two-run double by sophomore Anna Grace Cooley (Lucedale).
Sophomore right-hander Olivia Holley went the distance, allowing five hits, five runs, none earned, with four strikeouts and one walk.
PRCC’s second game was scoreless until the top of the fifth inning, when Easton drove in a pair of runs with a single. However, Roane State tied it with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and scored five more runs in the sixth.
Freshman Rylee Swilley (Kiln) took the loss, pitching five innings, allowing six hits and five runs, all earned. Freshman Dallas Blaker (Bay St. Louis) pitched an inning and gave up two runs, neither earned.
Pearl River will be back in action at 1 p.m. with two games against Coastal Alabama-North in the Wildcat Invitational. PRCC will also play at 11 a.m. Saturday against Calhoun (Ala.) and at 3 p.m. Saturday against Marion Military. The Saturday games will be livestreamed on prccmedia.com.
Pensacola State Invitational
Saturday at Pensacola, Fla.
Pearl River 12, Florence-Darlington Tech (S.C.) 5
FDT 001 004 0 – 5 6 2
PRCC 030 306 x – 12 6 6
FLORENCE-DARLINGTON TECH: Kristina Lee 1B; Riley Boyle 1B; Hanna Gainey 1B; Brittany Wenzel 1B; Malan Wilson 1B. LP – Marissa Tyndall.
PEARL RIVER (1-0): Anna Grace Cooley 2B; Ilyssa Easton 3B (3 RBIs); Mary Grace Turner 1B; Halle Melone 1B (3 RBIs); Ramee Taylor 2B; Kaley Lambert 1B. WP – Olivia Holley (1-0).
Roane State (Tenn.) 7, Pearl River 2
PRCC 000 020 0 – 2 5 1
RSCC 000 025 x – 7 8 1
PEARL RIVER (1-1): Anna Grace Cooley 1B; Ilyssa Easton 1B; Destiny Wesley 2B; Alyssa Pinero 2B; Brook Smith 1B. LP – Rylee Swilley (0-1). Also pitching – Dallas Blaker.
ROANE STATE: Shelby Williams 1B; Alyssa Turner 1B; Lainey Mays 2B, 1B; Michelle Williams 1B; Lily Ayers 2B; Abby Schilling 1B; Hannah Walker 1B. WP – Callie Moore.