PRC completes sweep of Picayune

Published 10:39 pm Saturday, March 17, 2007

Picayune provided just the cure that defending Division 8-4A champion Pearl River Central was looking for.

After stumbling a bit out of the block by splitting their first four league games, the Blue Devils got back on track with a sweep of the arch-rival Maroon Tide this past week.

Pearl River Central completed the feat with a 6-1 win over the homestanding Maroon Tide on Friday night.

That win came after the Blue Devils took an 8-1 decision in Carriere on Tuesday.

The wins push PRC to 8-3 overall, and to 4-1 in league play. Pearl River Central currently sits third in the division race, behind league leading Long Beach which is 6-0 in the loop and second place St. Stanislaus. The Rocks, who split with PRC earlier this month, are 3-1 in the league.

Picayune is still looking for its first division win, falling to 0-4 in division play and 2-11 overall.

The week proved to be a good one for PRC ace pitcher Mike Lehmann as well. The Tulane signee was 0-2 in league play coming into the week, but picked up the win in both games to move to 2-2 on the year.

On Friday, Lehmann was in commanding form as he struck out 11 Tide batters and allowed just two hits while walking none. Picayune’s lone run was unearned.

He pitched just four innings in Tuesday’s win and was replaced after the Blue Devils took an 8-0 lead in order to be able to throw again on Friday.

Both Lehmann and Picayune ace T. J. House were in control early in the game, each tossing three scoreless innings.

The southpaw House, who took the loss, struck out six of the nine batters he faced the first time around the PRC line-up.

The Blue Devils got to him initially in the fourth, when Ram Miller led the frame off with a triple down the rightfield line.

Just when it looked like House might work his way out of the inning with two straight outs, Matt Discon, who is set to sign a scholarship with Pearl River Community College on Monday, slapped an RBI-double to plate Miller and make it 1-0.

The Maroon Tide wasted no time in tying the game back up, as Jared Bales laced a double to start the bottom of the fourth off.

Pinch-runner Brent Milner tied the game at 1-1 when he scored on a PRC throwing error after an infield single by Jacob Riser.

Just like Tuesday, though, when PRC scored six runs in the third inning, another Blue Devil outburst would seal this win as well.

PRC scored four runs on just one hit in the sixth, to take a 5-1 lead.

The Blue Devils took the lead for good on a close play at the plate when Discon bunted back to House with the bases loaded and Kyle Pearson scored.

The Blue Devils then scored runs on a Tide throwing error, a passed ball and a Picayune fielding error to make it 5-1.

Heath Graham, who had a pair of hits for PRC, then capped the scoring with an RBI-single in the seventh.

PRC was slated to host hancock Saturday, but the game was cancelled.