MOBILE, Ala. — With the start of MACJC action on the horizon, No. 5 Pearl River put on a show Tuesday by dismantling Spring Hill's junior varsity squad 13-4.
"I thought we came out, scored eight in the first and really took control of the game," Pearl River coach Michael Avalon said. "We wanted to get several people some work to make sure we're ready for conference and we did that.
"Now our focus shifts to Northeast. It will be a dogfight on Saturday."
PRCC (13-2 overall) jumped on Spring Hill as Matt Taylor (Raleigh) opened the game with a leadoff homer. After Wiley Cleland (Columbia; Columbia Academy) doubled in Austen Izzio (Carriere; Pearl River Central) and Noah Barron (Hoover, Ala.) scored on a passed ball, Kasey Donaldson (Gulfport; West Harrison) and Dexter Jordan (Hattiesburg) hit back to back homers to extend PRCC's lead to 6-0.
After a scoreless frame, Donaldson doubled in Cleland and Izzio in the third.
Barron scored on a double play in the fifth to extend PRCC's lead to 11-2.
The Wildcats capped their scoring in the sixth and seventh innings with an RBI single from Izzio that scored Reis Trager (Hurley; East Central) and a sacrifice fly from Lingle that scored Jordan.
In total, Pearl River tallied a season-high 16 hits, including seven extra-base.
"That's one of our strengths and something we really work on when it comes to the weight room," Avalon said. "Offensively we're still getting there and have work to do but several guys are playing a lot better and are starting to find their timing."
Izzio led Pearl River with a 3-for-5 day at the plate. Donaldson tallied a double and homer and led PRCC with four RBIs. Cleland finished with two doubles, while Jordan hit a double and home run. Barron and Taylor also finished with two hits.
ON THE MOUND
Six different pitchers took the mound for Pearl River. Reece Ewing (Mobile, Ala.; Faith Academy) opened the game and struck out three in two scoreless frames. Cade Hodges (Brookhaven; Loyd Star) and Reid Reynolds (Heidelberg; Northeast Jones) pitched two innings apiece, striking out four and three batters respectively. Wes Star (Auburn, Ala.), Trace McNabb (Foxworth; West Marion) and Lingle also pitched for the Wildcats.
"That was good to keep some guys crisp," Avalon said of the rotation of pitchers Tuesday.
Tuesday marked the end of a five-game road trip for Pearl River. The Wildcats now enter the meat of their schedule, hosting Northeast on Saturday at Dub Herring Park. First pitch at The Dub is set for 2 p.m.