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Lady Tide falls in first district contest

Picayune dropped its Region 7-5A opener to visiting West Harrison Tuesday night.

The Lady Hurricanes blew past the Lady Tide 11-7. It was the league opener for both squads.

West Harrison took a 3-0 lead after three frames, and then tallied five runs in the top of the fifth to take a commanding 8-0 advantage. The Lady Tide rallied with seven runs over their final three at bats, but couldn’t overcome West Harrison’s winning 13 hit attack.

Freshman Megan Dudenhefer paced Picayune at the plate with four hits, including a triple, and she drove in a pair of runs as well. Alyssa Pinero also drove in a pair of runs with a pair of hits,  one of which was a triple, while Jennifer Walker collected two hits and Nala Carter drove in a run also.

The Lady Tide continues league play tonight,  traveling to Stone County. Stone faced Class 6A foe Hancock Tuesday night. Long Beach is the other team in Region 7-5A. Class 6A foe St. Martin beat Long Beach 7-2 Tuesday night. Jay Harris and Victoria Romero hit doubles as St. Martin improved to 8-3. Katelyn Gruich had a RBI single in support of winning pitcher Janna Jamieson.

Picayune hosts Pass Christian Friday night.

• Meanwhile, it’s a busy week for Pearl River Central on the softball diamond.

The Lady Devils, coming off a big win over arch-rival Picayune Saturday, faced OLA at home Tuesday night.

Pearl River Central travels to Long Beach today for an early game at 4 p.m. The Lady Devils then host Bogalusa (La.) Friday afternoon and travel to Gautier Saturday.

After that, PRC is off until one week from Friday (April 4) when the Lady Devils face Brookhaven in  Region 6-5A play.

The Lady Devils are 2-0 in league play, after sweeping Natchez last week.  PRC won game one 17-0 in three innings. Hailee Buras pitched a no-hitter, striking out nine and allowing just one walk. PRC scored 13 runs in the top of the first to take control. Shelby Lauzon was one-for-one with two walks and three RBI’s. Hannah Rester, Ellayna Warren, and Gabby Keller had two RBI’s apiece.

In the second game, the Lady Devils rolled 15-0, again in three innings. Autumn McNeely, making her first pitching performance of the year, allowed two hits and struck out three batters. Mallary Pervan was two-for-two with a double and a triple and drove in four runs. Olivia Thrash had three RBIs, and Kayla Stein had two RBIs in the winning effort.

• Also, Poplarville returns to Region 8-4A action tonight traveling to Pass Christian. The Lady Hornets are coming off a big 1-0 league win over Vancleave Monday night.

Prior to that, Poplarville swept a pair of games on Saturday in the Purvis Tournament.

The Lady Hornets beat Sumrall 13-1, as Camryn Pierce picked up the win. Poplarville collected 12 hits in the win, led by Tristan Wheat and Kaley Lambert each of whom had two hits, including a triple. Wheat also drove in four runs and Lambert drove in three in the winning effort. Drew Smith added a triple.

Poplarville also beat the host team Purvis 10-3, again recording a dozen hits in the win.

Maryah Davis had three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs to pace Poplarville at the plate.  Lambert and Wheat also each had two hits and two RBI’s, while Madison Nodruft also had a pair of hits. One of Lambert’s hits was a double.

Branda Northrop picked up the win.

After tonight’s game, Poplarville will play its first home game of the season on Monday after 14 straight games on the road.