POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The Pearl River Lady Wildcats are honoring their sophomore class Friday after they take on Mississippi Delta in a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Lady Wildcats Stadium.
This class has compiled a 47-39 overall record and a 30-24 MACJC record with four games remaining in the regular season.
"This is a good group of kids," PRCC coach Leigh White said. "We have had some ups and downs this season but I think we figured some things out and we've grown on and off the field. Some of these kids last year didn't get a lot of playing time and a lot of them have stepped up when we've asked them to.
"They've got out there and given us effort everyday."
Being honored Friday will be Jordan Lee (Redwood; Tri-County), Neely McLeod (Lucedale; George County), Krista Robles (Destrehan, La.), Jada Walker (Lizana; West Harrison), Ashley Terwilliger (Saucier; Harrison Central), Alyssa Pinero (Picayune), Rylee Swilley (Kiln; Hancock), Mary Grace Turner (Leakesville; Greene County), Dallas Blaker (Bay St. Louis; Our Lady Academy) and Elizabeth Taggard (Picayune).
Lee has served a key role as a reliable player coming out of the Lady Wildcats dugout this season.
The Tri-County Academy product has played in 41 games in two seasons and has a batting average of .244 with 15 RBIs.
"Jordan Lee is the type of player that can be in the bullpen helping a pitcher getting warmed up and then I'll call her name out to get a hit and she'll go out there and get that hit," White said. "She's what we call a very good bench player."
Neely McLeod was called upon to play in the outfield this this season and has proven that she is a potent force at the plate, hitting .291 with 21 RBIs and five home runs.
"We moved Neely to the outfield because I knew she could hit," White said. "The more she's been out there the more comfortable she's gotten. She watches the game and when she's not playing she watches the outfielders to see what they're doing.
"She's a team player and has really come out this season and been on a tear."
Robles has provided the Lady Wildcats with crucial depth.
Robles had to sit out the 2017-18 season and redshirt due to an injury.
Robles has pitched in 24 games, posting four wins and an ERA of 4.59.
In addition to her pitching duties, Robles has hit .336 with 22 RBIs.
"Krista is a really good kid," White said. "She's been through a lot injuries and I'm glad she came back this season. She's definitely one of the hardest workers on the team. She's a leader on and off the field."
Walker has proven herself as one of the Lady Wildcats' most reliable hitters when called upon.
In two seasons Walker has an impressive .386 batting average and has also driven in nine runs.
"Jada has had to come in and do multiple jobs for us," White said. "She's had to play left field and right field for us. She's going to find a way to get on base. She does a good job of just doing what we ask her to do."
Terwilliger has also played a key reserve role for the Lady Wildcats in her two seasons.
Terwilliger has played in 37 games and has a batting average of .286.
"Ashley comes in and does some base running for us," White said. "You can tell that she's just a hard worker by her attitude."
Pinero has proven to be one the Lady Wildcats' biggest power hitters in her two seasons at The River.
Pinero has hit .276 while driving in 39 runs with four home runs.
"Alyssa played more than most of our freshmen from last season," White said. "She's developed a lot coming back this summer. Her arm has gotten a lot stronger. She does a lot on the field for us and she's done a great job at the plate for us these two seasons."
Swilley has been one of the Lady Wildcats' most reliable arms in her two seasons at PRCC.
She has amassed seven wins and holds a 3.66 ERA.
"Rylee is just such a coachable young lady," White said. "I couldn't ask for anyone else to be a better leader for this program. I knew she could play as soon as I saw her, she just hadn't hit her potential yet. She's grown so much in the circle."
MARY GRACE TURNER
Turner has been a spark for the Lady Wildcats in her two seasons at The River — both on and off the field.
The reigning MACJC Player of the Week selection has been near the top of the national leaderboard for home runs this season.
In two seasons Turner is hitting .353 while also batting in 43 runs.
Thirteen of Turner's 15 home runs have come this season which leads the team.
Turner signed with William Carey to continue her college career.
"From day one I've said Mary Grace would run through a wall for you if you asked her and that's still the case," White said. "She's high energy and handles her pitchers well. I couldn't ask for a better leader behind home plate."
Blaker has been another reliable arm for the Lady Wildcats while also proving herself as a consistent hitter in the lineup.
In two seasons the Belhaven signee has appeared in the circle in 46 games, posting seven wins while also holding an ERA of 5.15.
At the plate, Blaker is hitting .266 with 26 RBIs and four home runs.
"Dallas has done everything for us," White said. "Last year she pitched a lot for us and this year she's pitched some for us. She can hit, too, and has taken over that designated player role this season for us. She's just a good kid who will get out there and work for you."
The first baseman out of Picayune has proven herself as one of the more dangerous batters in the state.
In two seasons the Belhaven signee is hitting .378 while also batting in 71 runs and connecting on nine home runs.
The reigning MACJC Player of the Week selection leads the team this season with a batting average of .445 and 40 RBIs.
"Last year Elizabeth was our designated player and I told her last season we wanted her to focus on her defense," White said. "She came in and worked hard and she loves to hit. Her passion is hitting. People don't want to pitch to her.
"I'm proud of the way she's come in and taken over first base."