Pearl River run-rules Parkland to split Day 1 of Rush Invitational

MERIDIAN, Miss. — Pearl River's softball team scored 12 runs for the fourth time in 2020 on Saturday as they run-ruled Parkland 12-3 to conclude Day 1 of the Meridian Rush Invitational. PRCC fell to LSU-Eunice 7-1 earlier in the day.

The win was a nice bounce back performance for the Wildcats and head coach Christie Meeks.

"The second game was how we play softball. Everything in that game was outstanding," Meeks said. "We had one inning where we gave up a couple things but we got out of it. That was a great team win. The pitchers are really doing a good job of working together. We just have to continue to finish."

The two-day tournament was originally set to begin Friday but was pushed back a day due to heavy rain in the area. 

Although the game ended up being rather lopsided, it didn't start that way. 

Reagan Havard (Lucedale; George County) opened PRCC's scoring in the bottom of the first, striking a fly ball to right that allowed Brooke Fagan (Kiln; Hancock) to score and tie the game 1-1. Promise Shanks (Waynesboro; Wayne County) singled home Sydney Runnels (Seminary; South Jones) later in the inning.

Runnels tacked on another run in the second with a single that scored Mary Moore Widemire (Hattiesburg; Presbyterian Christian).

Parkland tied the game in the top of the third 3-3 but the deadlock was short lived as Shanks scored on a Cobra error.

PRCC (5-7 overall) tacked on another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Emily McDonald (Laurel; Wayne County) that allowed Fagan to score.

The Wildcats exploded for seven runs in the fifth to put the game away.

Fagan doubled in Kambryn Chaisson (Picayune), Widemire and Jenna Smith (D'Iberville) to push PRCC's lead to 8-3.Abigail Thexton (Sumrall) then singled in Fagan and Runnels.

Chaisson ended the game later in the frame with a two-run triple that scored Havard and McDonald.

"They did the little things we were talking about," Meeks said. "We laid down three or four bunts in a row and they did an outstanding job of beating out the throws. We were able to play small ball and then turn around and get some big hits."

Runnels, Havard, Shanks, Widemire and Smith all tallied two hits. Fagan's three RBIs led the team.

Grace Stringer started the game, allowing three unearned runs in 2 2/3 innings while also striking out two. 

Danielle Lalonde (Cecilia, La.) threw 2 1/3 scoreless frames in relief to earn the win. 

The Wildcats stumbled in the opener Saturday. PRCC's lone run came in the second, scoring on a Bengals error.

Runnels tallied a double and Thexton hit a triple in the game.

Lalonde was saddled with the loss, allowing five runs in two innings. Gracie Barnett (Vancleave) allowed two runs in four innings in relief. The sophomore struck out three.

Pearl River will conclude Meridian's two-day tournament on Sunday. PRCC will play Trinity Valley at 11 a.m. and Southeastern Illinois at 1 p.m.

The Wildcats return home next Saturday to face Des Moines Area at noon at Northwest Florida State at 4 p.m.

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Patrick Ochs

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