BOONEVILLE, Miss. — Freshman outfielder Hannah Rasberry (Lucedale; George County) slugged three doubles in the opener and tacked on another hit in Game 2, but Pearl River couldn't pull off the road upset, falling at No. 14 Northeast 4-3 in Game 1 and 5-2 in the nightcap.
"We left a lot of runners on in the first game. We had nine hits to their six, we just didn't get the timely hits that we needed. I felt like we pitched well enough to win, we just couldn't string hits together," Pearl River coach Leigh White said. "We will reflect on this, clean things up and get back after it next week."
GAME 1: NEMCC 4, PRCC 3
Northeast (21-7 overall; 8-2 MACJC) struck first with a single run in the third but Pearl River (12-12 overall; 2-6 MACJC) responded in the fifth when Rasberry doubled in Jenna Smith (D'Iberville) to tie the game 1-1.
Northeast scored one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to jump back ahead 4-1.
Rasberry then legged out a double on a fly ball to right, putting two in scoring position with one out. Following a groundout, Northeast's shortstop booted a grounder off the bat of Dallas Blaker (Bay St. Louis; Our Lady Academy), allowing Fagan to pull the Lady Wildcats within one.
Despite the valiant rally, PRCC couldn't push across another run.
The top of the order did the most damage for Pearl River as Fagan registered two hits.
Rasberry led PRCC with three hits — all doubles. Her three doubles are the most for one PRCC player in a single game this season.
"She had a good day at the plate — one of her better days. She did her job. Honestly, she just got in there and hit," White said of Rasberry. "She's been putting the ball in play and doing the things we ask her to do. We put her up there (in the second spot) because she's a threat."
Starter Rylee Swilley (Kiln; Hancock) allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out two in 3 1/3 innings. Blaker took the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out three.
GAME 2: NEMCC 5, PRCC 2
BreAnna Corkern (Watson, La.; Live Oak) opened the scoring in Game 2 with an RBI triple into the right field corner that scored Elizabeth Taggard (Picayune). Neely McLeod (Lucedale; George County) extended PRCC's lead to 2-0 with a sacrifice fly.
Northeast plated four runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull ahead of Pearl River and tacked on an additional run in the fifth.
Corkern led PRCC at the plate with two hits, a double and the aforementioned triple.
"She adjusted well and connected," White said. "She can hit the ball hard and really got us going in the second game."
Pearl River returns to Lady Wildcat Stadium on Wednesday to host Meridian for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.