PRC falls; Tide wins
Published 7:12 am Wednesday, March 11, 2009
By CURTIS ROCKWELL
Item Sports Editor
CARRIERE — After making the Class 4A state playoffs for four straight seasons, Pearl River Central is on the verge of missing the postseason for the second straight year.
The Blue Devils dropped to 0-5 in Division 8-4A play Tuesday night, falling to visiting St. Stanislaus 6-1 at the PRC Sports Complex.
The Rockachaws are 5-0 in the loops and lead the league while PRC drops to 4-7 overall.
“It’s getting close to a must win situation for us, because I figure you have to have at least six wins in the league if not seven to get in the playoffs,’ PRC head coach Neil Walther said. “We have got to start winning some games.”
The Rocks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first frame against PRC starter Ramsey Graham and never trailed.
Brant Graham had two hits to pace PRC while Brett Tortorich drove in the only Blue Devils run. Graham took the loss, while Dustin Dennis came in and provided some solid relief work.
PRC travels to SSC Friday, before hosting St. Martin and pass Christian on Saturday afternoon.
Picayune won its sixth straight game, beating visiting Gautier 7-3 Tuesday night.
Rickey Rimkus picked up the win, scattering five hits in a complete game performance and striking out eight Gators.
Hunter Gill, Brandon Jurich and Jared Bales each had two hits apiece for the Maroon Tide, and Jurich gave Picayune a lead it would never relinquish with a two run single in the first inning. Evan Nichelson also had an RBI-double, plating Jacob Riser who doubled.
Picayune is now 7-1 overall, and will travel to Jackson County to face the Gators Friday before hosting Hancock in a doubleheader on Saturday.
BAY St. LOUIS — Pop-larville dropped to 0-9 overall and 0-5 in Division 8-4A play with a 12-2 loss on the road to Bay High Tuesday night.
Eric Ladner took the loss for the Hornets, as the Tigers won their first league game after four straight losses.
Jade Whitten paced Poplarville with a pair of hits, while Eli Frierson drove in a run and Taylor Carr had an RBI-double for the Hornets.
Poplarville hosts Bay High Friday.