No. 9 Pearl River stumbles on the road against Hinds

Published 1:18 pm Wednesday, April 13, 2022

RAYMOND, Miss. — The No. 9 Pearl River softball team fell short in both games of its road doubleheader against the Hinds Eagles, dropping game one 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel and game two 7-6.


Pearl River (21-14 overall; 11-7 MACCC) threatened early in the first inning after Taelor York (Choctaw; Clinton Christian Academy) walked then stole second, but the Eagle (18-17; 10-10) pitcher settled in to retire the next three batters.

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Hinds struck in the bottom of the first on an RBI single.

From there, a pitcher’s duel ensued as Hannah Embry (Vicksburg; Porter’s Chapel Academy) and the Eagle pitcher matched each other pitch-for-pitch.

The lone Hinds run held up as Pearl River was turned away in the seventh, falling 1-0.

Embry finished the game with six innings pitched. She allowed one run on three hits while striking out four.

York, Payton Lee (Picayune; Pearl River Central), and Emily Rigney (Waynesboro; Wayne County) all collected a hit.


Madelyn Burch (Franklinton, La; Bowling Green) got the start in the second game of the day. After a clean first inning, Burch worked herself out of a jam in the second inning to keep the game scoreless.

Hinds broke the deadlock in the third, plating two runs on a pair of singles.

The Wildcats equalized shortly after in the top of the fourth, as Bethany Fewell (Mendenhall) lined a double into left field, scoring Hannah Miller (Kokomo; West Marion). Fewell scored a few moments later after Erin Daughtery (Vancleave) ripped a single just out of reach of the diving shortstop, tying up the game 2-2.

Another pitcher’s duel began as Embry entered the game in relief and kept the Eagle hitters off balance for a few innings.

Hinds recaptured the lead 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth off three straight hits.

Pearl River rallied in the top of the seventh as Dallyn Nance (Nanih Waiya) lined a triple down the right field line, plating Rigney and Madi Waters (Laurel; West Jones) and cutting the deficit to 6-4. The scoring continued as Nance crossed home plate immediately after on an RBI single by Lee. Lee then scored on an Aunie Rethmeyer (Belle Chasse, La) double, tying the game 6-6.

The Eagles were able to weather the storm and close out the inning and take game two in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off.

Burch pitched three innings, allowing two runs and striking out a pair of batters. Embry tallied 3 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits and four walks. She struck out one batter.

Fewell finished with two hits, an RBI, and a run scored. Miller and Rigney finished with two hits each. Nance had a hit and two RBIs. She also scored a run. Rethmeyer, Daughtery, and Lee collected a hit and an RBI each.


The Wildcats hit the road on Friday to take on Itawamba. The doubleheader is set to get underway at noon and will be livestreamed at

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