Pearl River Community College upset Jones County Junior College 5-4 in the opening round of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament.
The Wildcats overcame a 4-0 deficit against No. 1-ranked Jones County, tying the game on a dramatic home run by pinch hitter John Moore, then won it in the 10th inning 5-4 on Lucas Scott’s RBI single.
PRCC (28-18) meets fifth-seeded Hinds at 6 p.m. Thursday. JCJC (44-3) faces East Central at noon in an elimination game.
“We knew if we could get past the first two or three innings without them knocking us out, that we had a chance,” PRCC coach Michael Avalon said in a press release. "When we came in here, there were three things we asked them to do. We asked them to play hard, play tough and believe. That’s it.”
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The Bobcats got a solo home run in the bottom of the first, then scored three runs in the second off Wildcat starter Peyton Lee. But Lee got out of a bases-loaded jam to end the second, and in the top of the third, fortunes turned around for the Wildcats.
With one out, Bryson Medious popped up a ball behind home plate that Bobcat pitcher Ben Stiglets, a former Gulfport High standout, failed to catch. Medious eventually hit a two-run home run.
Lee allowed three hits in his four innings.
PRCC closed the margin to 4-3 in the sixth on Donte Peters’ RBI single.