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PRCC set for Region 23 baseball tourney; JCJC still in hunt

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One Pine Belt junior college baseball team already has spot reserved in the Region 23 baseball tournament.

Another still has a path to get there.

Pearl River Community College (37-9) punched its ticket to the postseason tournament by winning the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ regular-season championship.

The Wildcats, which had come into the final weekend of the regular season trailing Jones County Junior College by a game, swept a road doubleheader at Coahoma Community College in fierce fashion, winning 12-2 in five innings and 10-0 in six innings.

Meridian Community College then provided the help PRCC needed, besting the Bobcats in both games of a doubleheader, taking the first game 16-8 and the nightcap 13-12.

The result: PRCC, which finished 23-5 in the MACJC standings, won the title by a game over JCJC and two games over Meridian.

The title gave the sixth-ranked Wildcats an automatic berth in the Region 23 Tournament starting May 16 in Eunice, La. Host and top-ranked Louisiana State University-Eunice also has a spot in the six-team field.

The remaining four slots will be decided in best-of-three series between eight MACJC teams.

Third-ranked JCJC (37-9) will host Hinds Community College (26-18) at Community Bank Park. Game one is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, with game two scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday.

A third game, if necessary, would follow immediately after Friday’s scheduled game.

The Eagles swept the Bobcats during the regular season, winning 6-5 in 10 innings and 4-1 on March 21.

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