No. 8 Pearl River did a little bit of everything Tuesday to get a comfortable sweep at Coastal Alabama-East. The Wildcats didn’t score a combined 34 runs against the Warhawks like they did Sunday at Baton Rouge, but they did cruise to 10-2 and 6-1 wins.
No. 8 Pearl River’s Opening Day doubleheader on Sunday saw two teams flip the script on one another. After Jefferson College — ranked No. 5 among NJCAA Division I programs — rallied late to force extra innings before ultimately winning 5-3 in 13 innings, the host Wildcats gave fans at Dub Herring Park reason to leave happy when Reece Ewing (Mobile, Ala.; Faith Academy) delivered a walk-off single to complete a 5-4 rally victory in Game 2.
By the time Simon “Meaux” Landry first stepped onto campus in Poplarville, he already looked the part. The Ponchatoula, La., native had “popped” in recruiting and scouting circles years before, but by his own admission Landry needed the college experience. He needed the extra time to roundout his game, mentally and physically.
Wednesday proved to be a proud day for Pearl River baseball coach Michael Avalon and his staff as they saw 11 players who were instrumental in claiming the 2018 MACJC State Championship sign with four-year programs.
Pearl River assistant baseball coach Drew LaBounty was a standout baseball player at South Alabama who seemed destined to play professional baseball. While a foul ball forever changed his career trajectory, the Pensacola, Florida, native has kept baseball at the forefront of his life.
Pearl River Community College head baseball coach Michael Avalon recently announced the addition of Drew LaBounty to his staff. LaBounty just wrapped up a standout collegiate career at nearby South Alabama, where he was a three-time All-Sun Belt Conference shortstop before being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Wildcats pitcher Shemar Page recently received a huge honor when he was selected to play on the NJCAA National Baseball team. Page was one of only 13 pitchers in the country who were selected to be a part of the 26 man roster.