Lady Devils defeat West Harrison in non-region action

Published 7:00 am Thursday, March 1, 2018

CARRIERE — Six runs in the second and third inning helped the Lady Devils earn a 7-1 victory against West Harrison Tuesday night.

In the bottom of the second inning, Keigan Pearson scored the first run of the game for Pearl River Central (3-0) after hitting a homerun into right field. Three batters later, Harlee Davis was tagged out at first but an error by West Harrison allowed Madison Gower to score all the way from first base, giving the team a 2-0 lead.

During the next inning, Madison Glidewell, Shelby Archer and Gower loaded the bases for PRC with only one out.

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Facing a 3-2 count, Jade Latham hit the ball deep into center field, which allowed Glidewell and Archer to score. On the next play, even though Davis was tagged out at first, Gower scored from third, giving the Lady Devils a 5-0 lead. Before the end of the third inning, Latham scored for PRC off a single to left field from Brienne Penton.

In the fifth inning, Penton scored the final run of the game for PRC after Taylor Kauzlarich was able to hit the ball into right field.

In the final inning of the game, Brit DeWitt scored the only run of the game for the Lady Hurricanes and with runners on third and second base, the game came to an end after Kayleigh Necaise was tagged out at first base.

“West Harrison is a well-coached team and it’s nice to beat a team that’s been successful during the last couple of years,” Head Coach Tony LaBella said. “I thought we did some things positive tonight both offensively and defensively but it’s early in the season and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We have a tough schedule and district ahead of us.”

Kauzlarich batted 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Pearson went 1-for-3 with a homerun and an RBI and Penton was 1-for-1 with an RBI. Latham and Davis combined for three RBIs against the Lady Hurricanes.

Latham earned the victory on the mound after pitching for six innings and striking out 13 batters and allowing zero hits.

“I struggled a little bit throughout the game but I came through with a big win at the end,” Latham said. “I think our effort has improved during each game and we’re working towards not leaving any runners on base.”

The Lady Devils will host Long Beach tonight at 6:30 p.m. and will travel to Purvis Saturday morning.