Four Wildcats earn postseason honors in softball

POPLARVILLE – Four players for Pearl River Community College softball were recognized Monday after the MACJC All-State and All-NJCAA Region 23 teams were announced.

Sophomore first baseman Halle Melone (Oklahoma City) was named to both the All-State First Team and All-Region 23 Team. Sophomore catcher Ramee Taylor (Hurley) was also named to the All-State First Team.

Sophomore centerfielder Anna Grace Cooley (Lucedale) and redshirt freshman Destiny Wesley (LaPlace, La.) were named to the All-State Second Team.

Melone, who transferred to PRCC after spending her freshman season at Southern Miss, led the Wildcats with 51 hits in 140 at-bats for a .364 batting average. She was also tops on the team with 7 home runs and 54 runs batted in. She also had 7 doubles and struck out just three times.

Melone was named Player of the Week in the MACJC and the NJCAA Division II for the week of April 30-May 6 after powering the Wildcats to a two-game sweep of Copiah-Lincoln in the first round of the MACJC playoffs.

Taylor led Pearl River with a .385 batting average, with 37 hits in 96 at-bats. She had 10 doubles, 5 homers and 17 RBIs.

Wesley batted .350 (36 of 103), with 3 doubles, a triple, 1 home run and 17 RBIs. Cooley hit .315 (46 of 146), scored a team-high 41 runs, hit 3 doubles, drove in 14 runs and stole 24 bases in 25 attempts.

The Wildcats finished with a 26-20 record, including a 17-11 mark in conference play, good for fifth in the league standings.