By Curtis Rockwell, Sports Editor
The Picayune Item
Nationally-ranked Pearl River Community College came up with a pair of big South Division wins Sunday.
The 8th ranked Wildacts swept homestanding Hinds in a doubleheader, earning wins of 12-10 and 6-1. The wins moved PRCC to 21-7 overall and 5-3 in league play.
Hinds, on the other hand, dropped to 11-13 and 2-4.
In the opening game, the River overcame four errors thanks to an 11 hit attack to pull out the win.
PRCC went up 2-0 in the top of the first, but HCC answered with three in the bottom of the inning. The Wildcats tied it up in the top of the second and that stalemate remained intact until the bottom of the fourth when the host Eagles’ solo run made it 4-3.
Pearl River went up for good in the top of the fifth with a three-run effort and scored six in the seventh. Hinds scored three runs in both the sixth and seventh frames only to come up three runs shy of victory.
Wildcat starter Ryan Deemes (3-2), a Nicholls State (La.) signee out of Holy Cross High in Chalmette, La., got the win in his five-and-a-third innings on the mound. He gave up three hits, struck out three, and walked three; while Bradley Rayborn of Purvis High relieved in the sixth. Rayborn pitched a full inning, giving up three hits and walking one, while Southern Miss signee Christian Talley of Hancock County High retired the last two Hinds batters in the seventh.
Nathan Pugh of Starkville High paced PRCC at the plate with a home run and a double (four RBIs), while Paul Pickerrell out of John Hardin High in Elizabethtown, Ky. (three RBIs) and Krisjon Wilkerson of St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis (three RBIs) both doubled and singled. Darius Knight of Pearl River had two base hits (one RBI), while Forrest Dungan of Columbia High, Ole Miss signee Braxton Lee of Picayune High, and Derek Martin of Poplarville High (one RBI) all singled.
Montana McDaniel drove in four runs for the Eagles.
In the nightcap, Wikerson belted two home runs and drove in five runs to power the Wildcats winning effort.
PRCC scored one in the first, two in the third, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth; while Hinds scored its only run in the bottom of the sixth.
Starter Jake Brumfield (4-0) out of Adams Christian Academy in Natchez got the win in going the distance, giving up four hits, striking out nine, and walking one. HCC starter Austin Hartzog got the loss.
In addition to Wilkerson's outstanding effort at the plate, Lee doubled and singled.
Pearl River and Hinds eye a South Division doubleheader rematch Wednesday, April 17, with a 4 p.m. doubleheader in Poplarville.
The River returns to action Tuesday when Meridian CC visits for a 5 p.m. doubleheader in Wildcat Stadium in Poplarville before division rival Jones County visits Friday for a 4 p.m. twin bill.