Pearl River looks to bounce back after tough day

Pearl River opened the Wildcat Invitational on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 by playing Marion Military Institute at Lady Wildcat Stadium in Poplarville, Miss. (KRISTI HARRIS/PRCC ATHLETICS)
Pearl River opened the Wildcat Invitational on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 by playing Marion Military Institute at Lady Wildcat Stadium in Poplarville, Miss. (KRISTI HARRIS/PRCC ATHLETICS)

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Pearl River learned some tough lessons Saturday on Day 2 of the Sun Chiefs Classic as the Lady Wildcats fell 13-5 in six innings to Wallace State before losing 7-6 to Central Alabama.

"Defense wins championships and ours didn't show up today," Pearl River coach Leigh White said. "We had chances to beat both teams but our defense let us down today. That's the bottom line.

"We have some work to do Monday but we'll bounce back."

Pearl River finished 1-3 on the weekend to fall to 5-5 overall.

WALLACE STATE  13, PEARL RIVER 5

Although the day's first game was a lopsided loss, Pearl River did hit two more homers, thanks to a three-run shot by BreAnna Corkern (Watson, La.; Live Oak) and a solo shot by Mary Grace Turner (Leakesville; Greene County) that gave PRCC an early 4-2 advantage.

The Lady Wildcats still led 4-3 after three innings before the wheels fell off.

Rylee Swilley (Kiln; Hancock), Grace Stringer (Moselle; South Jones) and Dallas Blaker (Bay St. Louis; Our Lady Academy) all pitched in the game.

"The main thing we learned today is we have to compete every day," White said. "We can't be complacent. We have to compete. I felt like we didn't compete today and it's hard to win when that's the case."

CENTRAL ALABAMA 7, PEARL RIVER 6

After falling behind 3-0 early, the Lady Wildcats plated two runs in the second on walks by Ashley McLeod (Meridian; Clarkdale) and Brooke Fagan (Kiln; Hancock). The Trojans added another run in the third to extend their lead to 4-2, but Turner hit a two-run homer in the fourth to tie the game. Central Alabama pulled back ahead 5-4 in the fourth but Elizabeth Taggard (Picayune) scored her prep teammate Alyssa Pinero (Picayune) on a double in the fifth to tie things back up 5-5.

Pearl River briefly pulled ahead in the seventh on a grounder by Jenna Comeaux (Lafayette, La.; Comeaux), setting up the bottom half of the inning, where the Trojans tied the game and then walked-off on a bases loaded walk.

Brianna Hargrove (Oakdale, La.), Gracie Barnett (Vancleave) and Stringer all pitched in the game. Barnett scattered three hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings but surrendered four unearned runs.

"I think our pitchers got some important innings today. They pitched OK," White said. "We didn't play behind them. We put them in situations where they shouldn't have been in."

No Lady Wildcats had multiple hits; Taggard and Turner's were the only extra-base hits.

NEXT UP

The Lady Wildcats are back in action Tuesday with a doubleheader at Baton Rouge.

PRCC returns home Feb. 26 with a doubleheader against Coastal Alabama-South, beginning at 2 p.m.

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