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Top ranked Jones visits PRCC today

MAKING A PLAY: Pearl River shortstop Zach O’Hern fires to first for an out in recent action on the diamond for the Wildcats. PRCC hosts top-ranked Jones County today. Mitch Deaver | PRCC

MAKING A PLAY: Pearl River shortstop Zach O’Hern fires to first for an out in recent action on the diamond for the Wildcats. PRCC hosts top-ranked Jones County today.
Mitch Deaver | PRCC

WESSON — It wasn’t exactly the way the Pearl River Community College baseball squad wanted to open South Division play.

Especially not with the top-ranked team in the nation up next.

The Wildcats opened their league schedule on the road Wednesday with a pair of one-run, extra-inning losses to home standing Co-Lin.

The Wolves were a 9-8 victor in the first eight inning contest, while the Wolves took an eight inning 2-1 win in the nightcap game to improve to 6-12 overall and 4-0 in division play. PRCC dropped to 11-9 and 0-2.

Things don’t get any easier for the Wildcats, as South Division rival and top-ranked Jones County visits Wildcat Stadium today for a 2 p.m. Doubleheader.

For the first time in school history, the Jones County Junior College Bobcats are ranked No. 1 in the nation. The latest poll was released Tuesday afternoon.

JCJC sports a solid 19-1 record after sweeping Itawamba in a twinbill Wednesday.

In the first loss to Co-Lin, Mitch Little led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a walk off homer for the Wolves.

Reliever Wesley Watts (1-0) picked up the victory in his two innings on the mound, while Allen Cowart of Pascagoula High (1-2) got the loss.

Houston Davenport out of Thompson High in Birmingham, Ala., paced the Wildcats’ 13-hit effort with three singles (two RBIs), while Lamar Anthony of Vicksburg High, Jalen Haskin of Oak Grove High (one RBI), and Derek Martin of Poplarville High all had two base hits apiece. Zach O’Hern of Hancock County High doubled (two RBIs).

The nightcap was tied at 1-1 when PRCC starter Luke McGee, an Ohio State transfer out of Wooster (Oh.) High walked a batter in the bottom of the eighth and Little smashed a double to the left-center fence for the game-winning RBI.

Shane Brown (1-1) got the win in pitching the distance, giving up six hits, striking our four, and walking two, while McGee (2-2) got the loss.

Mount paced the Wildcats’ six-hit attack with a double and a single (one RBI), while Nathan Pugh had two singles.