PRC pounds SSC

Published 3:56 pm Friday, April 13, 2007

Pearl River Central head baseball coach Greg Lewis got a good feeling about his team during Wednesday’s final practice before the Division 8-4A Tournament began.

On Thursday, the Blue Devils made him feel even better.

PRC rolled over visiting St. Stanislaus in the first round of the tourney 10-0. The Blue Devils now meet Long Beach in Long Beach at Noon today.

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“I told them yesterday (Wednesday) that I thought I finally was starting to see the team I had hoped to see all season long,” Lewis, whose team moved to 14-9 with the win, said. “We hit the ball hard tonight, and that’s something I’ve been hoping we’d start to do. Maybe with the playoffs here, that’s what we’ve been waiting on.”

The Rockachaws fell to 10-12 with the loss, and will face Poplarville, which lost to Long Beach 2-0 Thursday, in an elimination game today at 3 p.m today in Long Beach.

The Blue Devils jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after the first frame and, thanks to the pitching of ace hurler Mike Lehmann, never really looked back.

PRC added a big six spot in the third to break the game open, and then closed the scoring out with two more in the fourth.

The game was called after the top of the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.

Josh Lee got things rolling with an RBI-single in the first inning that scored Matt Discon. Heath Graham also drove in a run in the first inning.

Jordy Meadows and Kyle Pearson, the eight and nine hitters in the PRC line-up, respectively, came up big in the third for the Blue Devils as Meadows had a two run single and Pearson cracked a two run double. Discon also had an RBI-single in the frame, and then scored on a passed ball.

Then, Paul Dillard cracked an RBI-double in the next frame and Discon added another RBI-single to close things out.

Meanwhile, Lehmann tossed shutout ball and allowed just one hit over the first four frames. He struck out four.

Graham came on to close out the game with a scoreless fifth to close the deal.

The Blue Devils banged out nine hits in the win