POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The Pearl River baseball program will host the 5th annual Home Run Derby on Tuesday at 5 p.m. (weather permitting). Admission is free while capacity allows at Dub Herring Park.
Each batter will get 10 outs in the first round, with the leaders advancing, and the competition will evolve from there.
The Wildcats use the annual event as a fundraising opportunity. Anyone who would like to donate to the program can do so by emailing Avalon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fans in attendance are sure to be entertained as the Wildcats have been one of the nation's premier home run teams under head coach Michael Avalon's guidance. During the Wildcats' run to the 2019 NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, Okla., PRCC was second in the country in home runs with 90. Prior to the 2020 season being halted due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Wildcats ranked fourth nationally with 22 round-trippers in just 17 games.
PRCC is in the midst of its fall practice schedule. The Wildcats will play at South Alabama Sept. 30 and then visit Sports Force Park in Vicksburg on Oct. 7 to play East Central and Northwest. The Wildcats then return home for two tri-game dates, hosting East Central and another to-be-announced program on Oct. 14; before facing Nunez and Gulf Coast on Oct. 21. PRCC will conclude its fall with the annual Maroon and Gold World Series, set for Oct. 26-Nov. 5.
By: Patrick Ochs
Pearl River Community College
Director of Marketing & Communications