Lady Wildcats come up short against Southwest
SUMMIT, Miss.— The Pearl River Lady Wildcats had a rough night on the road Wednesday night, dropping both of their games to Southwest 7-3 and 6-5.
Wildcat coach Leigh White felt that her team needed to show more poise throughout the entirety of the doubleheader..
“We have got to do a better job of coming out and being ready to play 14 innings instead of just four innings,” White said.
Game 1: Southwest 7, PRCC 3
The Lady Bears (16-3) wasted no time getting their offense going early scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning and taking a 3-0 lead over Pearl River.
Southwest took a 4-0 lead into the sixth inning when the Lady Wildcats(10-10, 0-4 MACJC) finally found some offense.
In the top of the sixth inning Alyssa Pinero (Picayune) hit an RBI single to left field to score Jenna Smith (D’lberville) and make it a 4-1 game.
The bottom of the sixth saw Southwest add to its lead with three more runs that extended the lead to 7-1.
The Lady Wildcats showed some fight in the last inning of the contest however.
In the top of the seventh inning, Elizabeth Taggard (Picayune) and Dallas Blaker (Bay St. Louis; Our Lady Academy) hit back to back singles to put runners on first and second with two outs.
BreAnna Corkern (Watson, La.; Live Oak) then loaded the bases by taking a hit by pitch.
Pinero hit another single to score two runs and make it a 7-3 game.
However, the Lady Wildcats could not keep the rally going and dropped Game 1, 7-3.
Pinero led the Lady Wildcats in both hits and RBIs with three each.
Game 2: Southwest 6 PRCC 5
The Lady Wildcats struck first in Game 2.
In the top of the third inning Autumn Clark (Runnelstown; Perry Central) batted in a run with a sacrifice fly to score Ashley Terwilliger (Saucier; Harrison Central).
Brooke Fagan (Kiln; Hancock) followed that up with an RBI double that scored Mary Grace Turner (Leakesville; Greene County) and gave the Lady Wildcats a 2-0 lead.
Southwest responded with three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead.
Pearl River tied it up in the top of the fifth inning when Hannah Rasberry (Lucedale; George County) hit an RBI double to score Turner and tie the game at 3-3.
Southwest retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs to go up 6-3.
The Lady Wildcats gave Southwest another scare in the top of the seventh inning.
Jenna Comeaux (Lafayette, La.; Comeaux) hit an RBI double to cut the deficit to two.
Taggard followed that up with a RBI single to make it a 6-5 ball game before the Lady Wildcats hit into a double play to end the game.
“We got on the field ready to play in the second game and our kids hit the ball better,” White said. “We played better, just not good enough.”
Fagan and Rasberry both led the team in hits with two each.
PRCC returns home next Tuesday when they take on Hinds in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. The doubleheader will be streamed on PRCCMedia.com
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