Lady Wildcats bounce back and sweep Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE, La. — The Pearl River Lady Wildcats bounced back in a big way Tuesday sweeping Baton Rouge 6-5 and 14-0. The sweep ended a three game losing skid for the Lady Wildcats (7-5).
"Our kids were ready to get back on the field," PRCC coach Leigh White said. "I could tell Sunday that they were ready to get back out there again and get to work."
PEARL RIVER 6, BATON ROUGE 5
Pearl River wasted no time getting on the board as Jenna Comeaux (Lafayette, La.; Comeaux) hit a single to right field to score Neely McLeod (Lucedale; George County) to give the Lady Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Mary Grace Turner (Leakesville; Greene County) got in on the action in the top of the second inning hitting an RBI single to center field that scored BreAnna Corken (Watson, La.; Live Oak).
Turner then scored herself after an error on a ground ball from McLeod to give the Lady Wildcats a 3-0 advantage.
Baton Rouge (2-14) struck back in the bottom of the third, scoring on an error to get them on the board down 3-1.
Baton Rouge followed up with a double to score a run and cut the lead to 3-2.
Pearl River added to their lead in the top of the fourth when McLeod doubled to score Jenna Smith (D'Iberville) and give PRCC a 4-2 lead.
The Lady Wildcats again batted in runs in the top of the fifth when Autumn Clark (Runnelstown; Perry Central) and Smith each hit RBI singles to add to the PRCC lead 6-2.
Baton Rouge fought back in the contest and in the last inning cut the PRCC lead to one but PRCC slammed the door shut and held on for its sixth win of the season.
Elizabeth Taggard (Picayune) and Brooke Fagan (Kiln; Hancock) led the team in hits with two each.
Grace Stringer (Moselle; South Jones) picked up her fourth win on the season, pitching 5 1/3 innings and throwing four strikeouts while allowing only four hits and walking three batters.
Rylee Swilley (Kiln; Hancock) closed the game for the Lady Wildcats.
"That was a back and forth game," White said. "I thought once we adjusted better to their pitcher we got better offensively and I thought our pitching staff played well. A win is a win so we'll take it."
PEARL RIVER 14, BATON ROUGE 0
The second win for the Lady Wildcats could not have come in a more opposite fashion.
Pearl River got on the board first with a Hannah Rasberry three-run homer and solo home run from McLeod in the top of the second and third innings to take a commanding 4-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth inning the Lady Wildcats really broke the game open.
Rasberry and Turner both scored on walks with the bases loaded, followed by a sacrifice fly from Alyssa Pinero (Picayune) that scored Clark and put the Lady Wildcats up 7-0.
Comeaux followed this up with a single that scored Fagan.
Taggard scored both McLeod and Comeaux with a double.
Turner then drove in two more with a single.
Whitney Seymour (Long Beach; Gulfport) batted in the last two runs of the contest with a single to center field.
Rasberry led the team in RBIs with three while Taggard and Comeaux led the team in hits with two each.
"In the second game we faced the same pitchers, so we were familiar with them at that point and the girls did a lot better job adjusting," White said.
Krista Robles (Destrehan, La.) picked up her first win of the season, pitching five innings and only allowing one hit and walk while striking out two.
White was impressed with Robles performance in the circle. "Krista was relentless tonight," White said. "She is working hard, putting in extra work to get back in the circle."
The Lady Wildcats return home next Tuesday when they take on Coastal Alabama South in a double header scheduled to start at 2 p.m.