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Coast roundup: Katelyn Gruich slams 2 homers in St. Martin softball win

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 St. Martin corner infielder Katelyn Gruich hit two homers in Tuesday's playoff win at Hancock.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD St. Martin corner infielder Katelyn Gruich hit two homers in Tuesday's playoff win at Hancock. SUN HERALD

South Alabama signee Katelyn Gruich hit two homers and scored three runs in St. Martin's 5-1 win at Hancock in the Class 6A first-round showdown. Emily Stansbury had two hits and two RBIs, Cassie Toncrey had two hits and an RBI and Rebecca Anderson (16-5) struck out 12 in the St. Martin (16-7) win. The series heads to St. Martin for a 5:30 p.m. start Thursday.

St. Patrick 10, Choctaw County 0: Anna D'Aquilla (14-1) struck out eight against three hits for St. Patrick (25-1) in Tuesday's 3A first-round win. Emma Rae Castanedo had three hits and five RBIs. Raven Blackwell, Raylen Blackwell, Morgan McCrea and Olivia Allen all had two hits. The series continues at 5 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick.

Pearl River Central 11, Pascagoula 0 (5 inn.): Taylor Harris earned the win, allowing one hit and striking out six. The Lady Blue Devils (17-9) scored six runs in the second and then five more in the fourth. Beth Spiers had a three-run double and Shelby Archer reached base in all four of her plate appearances. The series returns to PRC Thursday.

West Harrison 2, Picayune 1 (8 inn.): The Lady Hurricanes (14-13) had to work to pick up their victory Tuesday to open the Class 5A playoffs. After Picayune scored in the second on an error, WHHS waited until the sixth to tie the game on a Rebecca Cuevas sacrifice fly that scored Sydney-Brtooke Sims. Cuevas came through again in the eighth with an RBI-double that scored Kristen Sexton. Stephanie Necaise struck out eight in the win. The series heads to West Harrison for a 5 p.m. start Thursday.

Harrison Central 7, Ocean Springs 3: The Red Rebelettes (20-3) earned an impressive opening win against the Lady Greyhounds on Tuesday. Madison Burge led HCHS with four RBIs. She also earned the complete game win, striking out three.

Oak Grove 9, Biloxi 2 (8 inn.): Lydia Harrington had three singles, a double and an RBI in the tough loss Tuesday. Katherine Patterson had a single and a double and Sydney Cannette had an RBI-single. Olivia Holley fell to 11-6 for BHS (14-7-1) after giving up four earned runs. The series heads to Oak Grove on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Other scores: Wayne County 4, Long Beach 2; Poplarville 6, Moss Point 0; North Pike 13, Pass Christian 4.

Golf

PCHS golf claims title: The Pass Christian Lady Pirates golf team captured their third consecutive district title last Thursday during a match held at Millbrook Country Club in Picayune. The girls outpaced their opponents with a combined score of 198. Pearl River Central placed second with a 235. Also competing were Bay High and Purvis. Bernie Marsh and Lexie Baguette were low medalists with scores of 99 each, while Taylor Gaston rounded out the Pass team with a solid score of 101.

MGCCC

MACJC softball lands two honors: No. 3 Mississippi Gulf Coast swept the MACJC weekly awards for the second time this season, with center fielder Hannah Melendrez winning Player of the Week and Kaitlin Lee winning her sixth Pitcher of the Week award of the season. Melendrez blasted three home runs while going 5-for-8. She added a double, driving in seven runs in four games.

Lee didn't allow an earned run in posting a 2-0 record with a save. She entered with two on and no outs in the sixth inning against Co-Lin and got a double play and pop up on the way to a save.

No-hitter earns Mills-Derouen state award: Mississippi Gulf Coast's Dylan Mills-Derouen was honored for his no-hit performance by being named MACJC Pitcher of the Week.

Mills-Derouen struck out eight batters against No. 15 East Central on April 19, winning 3-0 and closing out an important doubleheader sweep in the conference race.

MGCCC wins another region crown: No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast won its ninth straight NJCAA Region 23 championship Tuesday in Senatobia, but it's never been a tighter squeeze.

The Bulldogs saw a six-shot first-round lead over Meridian evaporate at Back Acres Country Club, but were two shots better on the sudden-death playoff hole to claim the title.

"Nine in a row," Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell said. "It's a pretty cool feeling, but nothing's ever easy."

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