Mixed results for local teams

Published 2:14 am Sunday, March 6, 2011

The results were mixed for several local prep baseball teams competing in two different tournaments over the past few days.

Both Picayune and Pearl River Central took part in the Ronnie Hebert Tournament hosted by both Gulfport and Long Beach, while Poplarville played in the Petal Tournament.

The Hornets were the only local team to come up with a win, as they beat Madison-Ridgeland Academy 7-2 Thursday in Petal.

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Blake Weinberg picked up the pitching win, to move to 2-1 on the year. Zac Huston carried the big stick for Poplarville, as he had two hits including a double and drove in three runs. Derek Martin also had two hits, including a triple, and drove in a run while J.J. Welch had two hits and two RBI’s as well.

The Hornets, now 3-2, will begin Region 8-4A play Tuesday at home against Purvis.

Meanwhile, both Picayune and PRC dropped a pair of games in the Ronnie Hebert Classic.

On Thursday, PRC fell to Gulfport 3-0 as Admiral standout pitcher Jonathan Holder tossed a one-hitter. Trey Wynn’s double was the only Blue Devil hit. Austin Stockstill took the loss.

On Friday, Ridgeland shut out PRC 10-0. Ryan Rivet took the loss, and again the Blue Devils struggled at the plate getting just three hits including Lane Fazande’s double.

“Our pitching has been pretty good and our defense has been all right,” PRC head coach Neil Walther, whose team is now 0-4, said. “We just haven’t hit the ball. We’re really young in a lot of places. We’ve just got to start coming around at the plate.”

The Blue Devils begin Region 6-5A play Tuesday, hosting Wayne County.

Also, Picayune dropped a pair of games in the Ronnie Hebert Classic.

The Maroon Tide fell 2-1 to defending Class 5A state champion Long Beach on Thursday.

Jacob Taylor took the loss, pitching four frames while Jonathan Hickman threw the final three innings. Colton Lee had a pair of hits for Picayune, and Nick Marble had an RBI-single.

On Friday, Picayune dropped a 12-9 decision to Class 6A perennial power Clinton.

Colton Lee took the loss. He was one of five Picayune pitchers.

Eric Smith and Colton Lee had RBI-singles for the Tide in the top of the first.

Clinton took control of the game scoring three runs in each of the first two innings. Picayune battled back, despite trailing 11-3 at one point.

In the second, Taylor walked and later scored on a balk. He had two hits in the game. Taylor also doubled in the sixth and later scored on an Arrow error.

Da’Keith Burton drove in three runs for Picayune, while Marvin Van Buren and Smith also had RBI’s.

“We need to play a tough  schedule like this to identify our weak spots and work on them before we start district play,” Picayune head coach Cayne Stockstill said. “You only get a few games before the games start counting, you have to make them count.”

Picayune, now 2-2, hosts Stone County on Monday night to open Region 6-5A play.