Well-rested PRCC baseball opens Region 23 play Wednesday

Well-rested PRCC baseball opens Region 23 play Wednesday
PRCC baseball. Courtesy: WDAM

POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Pearl River Community College will get back to business after a 10-day hiatus from the diamond when the Wildcats open National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Baseball Tournament play In Eunice, La.

PRCC (37-9), which received a bye into the Region 23 bracket after winning the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges' championship on the regular season's final weekend, will take on Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Wildcats swept MGCCC (34-14) during the regular season, but the Bulldogs have won nine of their 10 past games.

"That was a long time ago," PRCC coach Michael Avalon said. "They're playing really well right now, so we know we're going to have to bring our 'A' game."

Freshman Shemar Page (10-1) will start on the mound against the Bulldogs. Page has posted a 2.15 ERA and has 74 strikeouts against 18 walks in 54 1/3 innings.

At the plate, sophomore first baseman Simon Landry leads the way with a .403 batting average, 19 home runs and 66 runs batted in.

Should PRCC win its opener, it would take on the loser of Wednesday's Louisiana State University-Hinds Community College at 3 p.m. Thursday.

If the Wildcats lose, they would meet the loser of Wednesday's Meridian Community College-Itawamba Community College at noon Thursday.

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