POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The Pearl River Lady Wildcats ended the Wildcat Invitational on a high note Saturday when they swept Baton Rouge. Pearl River earned its first victory in dramatic fashion, defeating BRCC 2-1 in the eighth inning. The Lady Wildcats would not need any theatrics for the second game however, thrashing BRCC 8-0 in six innings.
PEARL RIVER 2,BATON ROUGE 1
Great defense was the theme of the first matchup between PRCC and BRCC.
The Lady Wildcats struck first when Alyssa Pinero (Picayune) knocked an RBI single into right field to give PRCC a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.
BRCC bounced back however with a massive home run over right field in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game 1-1.
It took extra innings for the Lady Wildcats to secure the victory when sophomore catcher Mary Grace Turner (Leaksville; Greene County) launched a solo shot out of right field in the bottom of the eighth to give them their first victory of the day.
While Turner's home run won the game it was the great fielding and pitching from Pearl River that really set the tone of the evening.
At two points in the game BRCC had two home runs all but hit until Pearl River outfielders Ashley Terwilliger (Saucier; Harrison Central) and Hannah Rasberry (Lucedale, Miss; George County) made great plays to rob Baton Rouge of those runs.
"I thought Rylee Swilley (Kiln; Hancock) pitched great today and we defended the ball very well," PRCC coach Leigh White said. "There were probably two that our outfielders took from them that were going over the fence. We struggled at the plate a little bit but we hung in there and MG pulled it out for us."
PEARL RIVER 8, BATON ROUGE 0
While the defense was once again spectacular for the Lady Wildcats in the second game of the night, the offense showed up early in the game to close the door on BRCC.
BreAnna Corken (Watson, La.; Live Oak) got things rolling for Pearl River with a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning. Corken then recorded her team-high third RBI with a single in the bottom of the third to extend the PRCC lead to 3-0.
Terwilliger scored Corken with an RBI triple to make the score 4-0. Leadoff hitter Brooke Fagan (Kiln; Hancock) helped extend the lead with an RBI double, increaing the lead to 5-0 PRCC.
In the bottom of the fifth inning Jordan Lee (Redwood; Tri-County) and Turner drove in runs for the Lady Wildcats with an RBI groundout and RBI double respectively.
Neely Mcleod (Lucedale; George County) ended the game for Pearl River with a two-run double to seal the game 8-0.
While the bats came alive for Pearl River, it was in the circle where the Lady Wildcats stood out.
Pitcher Grace Stringer (Moselle; South Jones) allowed only one hit on the night while striking out four.
"Grace got in there and pretty much dominated the entire game. She had a no hitter until the fifth," White said. "Our hitters adjusted to their pitching a little better and early and scored early on. It's just a great team win. We came out with a little bit more fire in this game."
The Lady Wildcats next game will be against Shelton State next Friday when PRCC competes in the Sun Chief Classic.