Magic sweeps PRCC’s Wildcats
Pearl River’s Wildcats saw their six-game winning streak snapped here Tuesday, as St. Louis-Merrimac’s Magic pulled off a 9-3, 6-5 doubleheader sweep.
PRCC dropped to 12-4 overall, while SLM, based in St. Louis, Mo., improved to 8-2.
In the first game, the Magic went up 4-0 in the top of the first after Wildcat starter Taylor Byrd of Petal High hit two of the first three batters he faced with pitches and Ben Smith followed with a one-out, three-run homer. SLM then loaded the bases and James Sharp reached on a fielder’s choice to push home a fourth run.
Pearl River answered in the bottom of the frame with a solo run when Aaron Lee of Pearl River Central High drew a one-out walk and scored a double by Matthew Magee of Petal High.
The Magic got a run in the top of the third, and in the bottom of the third, Lee drew a one-out walk, stole second, and scored an out later off a double to left field by B.J. Smith of Sumrall High to make it 5-2.
PRCC’s Leyton Lott of Seminary High belted a one-out homer in the bottom of the fourth to cut SLM’s lead to two, but the Magic padded its lead with four more runs to take the win.
Starter Mike Krumm got the win in his four innings on the mound, while Byrd (1-1) got the loss in his two-and-one-thirds innings on the mound.
He gave up four hits, struck out one, walked three, and hit three batters before Hubbell arrived, giving up four hits and striking out five and hitting a batter. PRCC finished with five hits, led by Magee’s double and single (one RBI). Lott homered (one RBI), Comfort doubled, and B.J. Smith singled (one RBI).
In the nightcap, Pearl River burst to a 4-0 lead after three innings, but saw the visitors rally for the victory.
The Wildcats went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first when Chase Toussaint of Poplarville High and Grae Ormon of Clinton High led off with singles, then Magee outran a bunt to load the bases and a run scored after B.J. Smith was belted by a pitch. James Abraham, a Southeastern Louisiana transfer who prepped at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, then hit into a double play, scoring Ormon before Dakota Baker of Purvis High flew out to center to end the inning.
After SLM left a runner stranded at second in the top of the second, Pearl River added a solo run in the bottom of the inning when Chase Lewallen of Sumrall High led off with a single and scored off two errant pick off throws to make it 3-0.
The Magic went three up, three down in the third; while Magee led off the bottom of the frame with a solo homer out of left field to make it 4-0. After a scoreless fourth, St. Louis-Merrimac started playing catch up in the fifth.
Wildcat starter Blake Juneau of Marksville (La.) High put two runners on with a lead off single and a hit batter. The pair moved to second and third off a passed ball and both scored off Rowe’s single to left to make it 4-2.
In the sixth, the Magic loaded the bases with no outs and tied it up off Chadick’s two-run double to the right center field wall. That prompted the mound exit of Juneau for Southeastern Louisiana signee Buck Bernard of Petal High. Bernard struck out the first batter he faced before giving up an RBI single to Sharp to put SLM up 5-4. Chadick was nailed at home when Landwehr reached on a fielder’s choice before the Magic scored its final run on a passed ball.
Pearl River showed resiliency in the bottom of the inning when Magee drew a one-out walk and Abraham walked a strike out later. Baker smashed a double down the third-base line to score Magee and Abraham was thrown out at home for the game-ending out.
Mesey got the win in going the distance, giving up 10 hits, striking out seven, and walking two; while Juneau (1-1) got the loss.
Ben Smith led SLM’s 10-hit attack with three singles..
PRCC also finished with 10 hits, led by Magee’s homer and two singles (one RBI), while Ormon doubled and singled, Baker doubled (one RBI), and Abraham (one RBI), Lee, Lewallen, and Toussaint all had base hits.
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