PRCC remains atop baseball standings with sweep of Hinds CC

PRCC remains atop baseball standings with sweep of Hinds CC
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RAYMOND - Simon Landry hit a home run in each game to help Pearl River Community College stay atop the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges' baseball standings with a doubleheader sweep of Hinds Community College.

The sixth-ranked Wildcats (29-7, 15-3) remained a game ahead of fifth-ranked Jones County Junior College and gained a measure of revenge against a Hinds team that knocked PRCC out of the National Junior College Athletic Association's Region 23 tournament in 2017.

PRCC took the opener 12-1, using an eight-run fourth inning to put the Eagles away.

The Wildcats grabbed a 3-0 lead in the third inning.Derek Eberly doubled and Landry followed with his 16th home run of the season. Shemar Page added the third run when he doubled and came around on a pair of balks.

In the fourth, PRCC sent 13 batters to the plate. After the first run scored on a wild pitch, Bryson Medious followed with a run-scoring single for a 5-0 lead. Wiley Cleland hit a two-run single, Scooter Ginn a two-run double and Luke Harper a two-run, inside-the-park home run for an 11-0 lead.

Page hit his fifth homer of the season for PRCC's final run.

Camden Dusang (6-0) allowed two hits to pick up the win.

In the second game, PRCC jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Hinds came back to tie after five innings. But Colby White (4-2) worked out of bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth, and the Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to complete the sweep.

Ginn hit a three-run homer in the second inning before Landry added his 17th of the year in the fourth for 4-0 lead. Landry is tied for second among NJCAA's Division II players for home runs this season.

Cleland doubled and scored on an error to make it 5-0 in the fifth.

PRCC starter Miles Smith carried a no-hitter through four innings, but gave up a run in the fifth and then was lifted when the Eagles scored four times to tie the game in the sixth.

But in the seventh, Eberly had a run-scoring triple and then scored on a wild pitch. Kevin Carter capped the three-run outburst with an RBI-single and White set down Hinds 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

The Wildcats return home to host East Mississippi Community College in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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