Pearl River wins 2020 debut

The Pearl River Wildcats softball team split on the day in the Chipola tournament
The Pearl River Wildcats softball team split on the day in the Chipola tournament

DOTHAN, Ala. — The Christie Meeks Era at Pearl River won their season debut and split on the day Saturday night in the Chipola Tournament winning the first game against Tallahassee 13-4 and losing their second game against Lake Land 4-0.

"The girls did absolutely everything we asked them", Meeks said. "I told them that after. They were defensively sound, aggressive on base paths, they played together as a team and held up the standard we expect from them."

GAME 1: Pearl River 13, Tallahassee 4 

The Wildcats got on the board first when Saige Hebert (D'Iblerville) batted a run in on a sacrifice fly that scored Sydney Runnels (Seminary; South Jones) to give PRCC a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. 

Raegan Havard (Lucedale; George County) followed that up with an RBI double to left field to score Promise Shanks (Waynesboro, Miss. / Wayne County.).

The final run in the inning was scored off of an Emily McDonald (Laurel; Wayne County) hit a fielders choice that scored Brooke Fagan (Kiln; Hancock). 

Tallahassee got a run back in the bottom of the first, but Hebert put the Wildcats back on the board when she hit a two-run bomb. 

Runnels got PRCC back on the board with a solo shot in the top of the fourth to give PRCC a 6-2 lead. 

Tallahassee struck back with an RBI triple to cut the lead to 6-3. 

PRCC added two runs to the lead in the top of fifth with an RBI single from Abigail Thexton (Sumrall) and an RBI ground out from Fagan. 

Tallahassee once again responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth. 

The Wildcats cushioned their lead in the top of the seventh. 

Runnels scored a run on an error to get the scoring started. 

Havard added to the lead with an RBI single of her own. 

Hebert scored on another error by Tallahassee. 

Faith McKenzie scored two runs with an RBI double to give the Wildcats a 13-4 lead. 

Runnels and Havard both tied for the lead in hits with four. 

Fagan also had two hits. 

Hebert led the team with four RBIs. 

Havard and McKenzie also had two RBIs 

Gracie Barnett (Vancleave) picked up the win for the Wildcats striking out four and allowing only three earned runs. 

"When your lead off hitters are on that sets the whole tone of the inning," Meeks said. "They were trusting what we told them and trusting the process."

GAME 2: Pearl River 0, Lake Land 4 

The second game of the night did not bode as well for the Wildcats as it was a struggle to get anything done offensively. 

A talented Lake Land team set the tone offensively scoring two runs in the bottom of the first and two runs in the bottom of the second. 

McDonald, Runnels and Fagan all tied for the team lead in hits with one apiece. 

Grace Stringer (Moselle; South Jones) pitched for the Wildcats striking out three and allowing four earned runs. 


The Wildcats return to action Sunday at 9 a.m. against Gulf Coast State College and then take on Georgia Military College at 11 a.m. 

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Mark Franklin

Pearl River Community College

Assistant Director of Communications for Athletics