Junior Colleges

PRCC upsets top-ranked JCJC

Pearl River CC coach Michael Avalon
Pearl River CC coach Michael Avalon PRCC

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.”

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.