Picayune hosts arch-rival PRC

Published 7:01 am Thursday, March 20, 2014

YOUNG GUN: Picayune freshman pitcher Megan Dudenhefer lets fly with a pitch in recent Lady Tide fast-pitch softball action. Picayune hosts PRC tonight. Photo by John Young

YOUNG GUN: Picayune freshman pitcher Megan Dudenhefer lets fly with a pitch in recent Lady Tide fast-pitch softball action. Picayune hosts PRC tonight.
Photo by John Young

Picayune and Pearl River Central renew their rivalry on the softball diamond tonight.

The Lady Tide hosts the Lady Devils at 7 p.m., with each team looking to get back on the winning track.

Picayune stands 3-8-1 on the season, and has lost six of its last seven games. Pearl River Central has played just once in the past 12 days, and stands 4-4 on the year.

Picayune dropped a pair of games on the road in Hurley Friday, losing to Theodore, Ala., 8-0 and then to host East Central 10-4.

The Lady Tide managed just one hit in the loss to Theodore, a single by Marissa McDonlad. Megan Dudenhefer took the loss.

Elizabeth Taggard took the loss against ECHS. The Lady Tide got just four hits, including a two run double by Rylee Dawsey and a run scoring double by Alyssa Pinero.

On Saturday, Picayune split a pair of games in the Pass Christian Tournament. Picayune began the day by whipping Gautier 14-3. Taggard picked up the win., while Dudenhefer had a big game at the plate smacking a home run and driving in four runs. McDonald had a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in two runs as well. Both Jennifer Walker and Pinero drove in a pair of runs each in the winning effort also, and Dawsey scored three runs.

Picayune followed that win up with a close 5-4 loss to OLA. Deudenhefer took the loss, while Taggard and Jennifer Walker each drove in runs.

Monday night, visiting St. Martin took an 8-2 decision from Picayune. Dudenhefer took the loss on the hill, and drove in a run at the plate. Alyssa Scott also drove in a run for Picayune.

• Pearl River Central is coming off a 16-7 win over Pass Christian Tuesday night. Taylor Harris picked up the win, and Hailee Buras finished up on the hill.

Brooklyn Kirk had a pair of hits in the win for PRC, while Austin Pruitt and Gabby Keller also collected a pair of hits apiece.

The two rivals will meet again Saturday morning in Carriere with action beginning at 9:30.

In other softball action of local interest,  OLA beat Hancock 9-7 Tuesday night.

Mattie Huey had three hits and three RBI as the Lady Crescents improved to 3-4. Taylor Huey added three hits; Dallas Blaker struck out 10 to record the victory.

Also, Pascagoula beat Vancleave 3-1 as Victoria Hunter, Carlie Vice and Jamie Pugh all had two hits to lead the Lady Panthers. Pugh also got the win, allowing two hits and striking out seven.