Pearl River Community College baseball got back on track Tuesday, as the Wildcats returned home to battle East Central in MACJC action at Wildcat Field.
PRCC scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning to erase a two-run deficit and pulled away to defeat the Warriors 7-3 in the opener, then had another decisive four-run outburst to win the nightcap 5-2 and complete the sweep.
Pearl River, which saw its 10-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Itawamba, improved to 17-7 overall and 8-2 in conference. Twelfth-ranked East Central (20-10, 6-6) has lost six straight games.
“We just had to catch our breath a little bit and get back at it,” said PRCC coach Michael Avalon. “The two games Saturday were tough games, but we battled all the way, and, like we’ve told them, if they’ll stay in it, good things will happen, and they did today.”
Redshirt freshman Bryson Medious drove in three runs with a double and three singles to power the Wildcats in the first game, behind a strong pitching effort from Camden Dusang (3-0).
PRCC’s only error of the day helped the Warriors grab a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but the Wildcats immediately responded in the bottom of the inning.
Sophomore Lucas Scott was hit by a pitch leading off and he scored on Medious’s double. A wild pitch got Medious to third and after a walk to sophomore Brody Bray, sophomore Austin Moffett singled deep in the hole between third base and shortstop to score Medious.
A groundball out and a throwing error allowed the other two runs to score.
East Central got a run back in the fourth, but Medious had RBI singles in the fifth and seventh innings, and freshman Simon Landry drove in a run in the eighth.
Dusang pitched seven innings, scattering six hits. He struck out four and walked two. Sophomore right-hander Cody Lee pitched the final two innings for the Wildcats, allowing just one hit. Cole Gray (3-3) took the loss for the Warriors.
In the second game, sophomore Graham Hackbarth’s two-run single capped PRCC’s big rally in the bottom of the third inning as sophomore right-hander Peyton Lee improved his record to 5-0.
After two were out in the third inning, Moffett laid down a perfect bunt for a single and advanced to second on a throwing error on the play. Moffett stole third and scored on a single by Donte Peters.
Jonathan Turner singled before Landry’s RBI single and Hackbarth’s two-run hit. PRCC added another run in the sixth.
The Warriors cut the 4-0 lead in half in the top of the fourth on Cole Prestegard’s two-run home run, but Lee settled down to retire the final seven batters he faced. Luke Bradley pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to earn his second save of the season.
“After the first couple of innings (of the opener), I thought these were the cleanest games we’ve played all year, as far as overall execution goes,” said Avalon.
“These are two quality wins against good, ranked opponent, so I think we’re going in the right direction.”
Pearl River gets back on the road for its next three MACJC doubleheaders, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at Meridian. The Wildcats travel to Southwest next Tuesday and Mississippi Delta on April 14 before returning to Wildcat Field on April 19 to face Hinds.
PRCC BASEBALL LINESCORES
Tuesday at Poplarville
Pearl River 7, East Central 3
East Central 020 100 000 – 3 7 1
Pearl River 040 010 11x – 7 9 1
EAST CENTRAL (20-9, 6-5 in MACJC): Jacob Edwards 1B; Cole Prestegard 2 1B; Brandon Clark 1B; Ty Alderman 1B; Wyatt Ball 1B; Hunter Bennett 1B. LP – Cole Gray (3-3). Also pitching – Dylan Marsh; Kolby Crowley; Hagan Brown; Christian Bellew.
PEARL RIVER (16-7, 7-2 in MACJC): Donte Peters 1B; Jonathan Turner 1B; Simon Landry 2B, 1B; Bryson Medious 2B, 3 1B (3 RBIs); Austin Moffett 1B. WP – Camden Dusang (3-0). Also pitching – Cody Lee.
Pearl River 5, East Central 2
East Central 000 200 0 – 2 5 1
Pearl River 004 001 x – 5 7 0
EAST CENTRAL (20-10, 6-6 in MACJC): Jacob Edwards 1B; Nathan Roseberry 1B; Billy Cameron 1B; Cole Prestegard HR (2-run); Ty Alderman 1B. LP – Brooks Warren (3-2). Also pitching – Christian Bellew.
PEARL RIVER (17-7, 8-2 in MACJC): Donte Peters 1B; Jonathan Turner 2 1B; Simon Landry 2 1B; Graham Hackbarth 1B; Austin Moffett 1B. WP – Peyton Lee (5-0). Save – Luke Bradley (2).