No. 4 Pearl River stumbles against No. 13 ICC

No. 4 Pearl River stumbles against No. 13 ICC

Fulton, Miss. — Saturday night saw the No. 4 Pearl River baseball team get hit with some adversity. The Wildcats dropped two extra inning contests against No. 13 Itawamba 4-3 and 7-6. 

Both losses came in extra innings. 

"We didn't finish today," PRCC coach Michael Avalon said. "You don't always get beat, sometimes you lose them and I felt that happened today against a quality team." 

Game 1: ICC 4, PRCC 3 (10 inn.)

The Wildcats (17-4, 4-2 MACJC) struck first when Matt Taylor (Raleigh) singled on a line drive to score Luke Harper (Meridian; Northeast Lauderdale) and give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. 

Austen Izzio tacked on another run with a triple that scored Taylor to make it 2-0. 

ICC (18-3-1, 5-1 MACJC) wasted no time responding, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third and taking a 3-2 lead. 

Dexter Jordan (Hattiesburg) tied the game up in the top of the sixth inning with an RBI double that scored Izzio. 

The final run didn't come until extra innings when ICC scored the walk-off run on a passed ball in the bottom of the tenth. 

"This is a tough place to play and they threw some really good arms, but we still have to play better," Avalon said. 

Shemar Page (Raleigh) got the start for the Wildcats, pitching seven innings while allowing six hits, four walks, three earned runs and striking out 11. 

"That's who Shemar is," Avalon said. "Him and Miles always give us a chance to win."

Jerod Meggs (Kosciusko) closed out the game for Pearl River, allowing one walk and one run while striking out one. 

Game 2: ICC 7, PRCC 6 (9 inn.)

The Wildcats struck first once again when Jordan hit an RBI double to score Taylor in the top of the first. 

ICC responded with two runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead. 

Izzio helped the Wildcats retake the lead with a two-run shot in the top of the third to give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead. 

Two bases-loaded walks in the top of the fifth extended the Wildcat lead to 5-2. 

Pearl River tacked on another run in the top of the sixth when Reece Ewing (Mobile, Ala.; Faith Academy) scored on a passed ball, giving the Wildcats a 6-2 lead. 

Itawamba did not go away, however. 

The Indians tied the game 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh to once again draw extra innings. 

A walk-off homer in the ninth inning won it for ICC. 

Izzio led the Wildcats in hits and RBIs with two each. 

Miles Smith (Laurel; Northeast Jones) started the game for the Wildcats, pitching six innings while allowing five hits, two walks and one earned run while striking out nine. 

"Miles and Shemar both deserved to win today and we just didn't get it done for them but that's why it's a team game," Avalon said. 

UP NEXT

The Wildcats will return to Dub Herring Park Tuesday to take on Nunez in a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. The games will be streamed on PRCCAthletics.com and can be heard on WRJW 1320 AM. 

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