PCA’s Embry no-hits River Oaks in conference-opener

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Chase Towne of PCA dives back to first as River Oaks pitcher Ricky Sugg tries to pick him off with a throw to first baseman Adam Payne. PCA won, 11-0.(The Vicksburg Post/C. TODD SHERMAN)

[03/20/02]Andrew Embry wasn’t perfect Tuesday night against River Oaks, but he was close enough for Porters Chapel to win its conference opener convincingly.

Embry struck out 12, walked four and didn’t allow a ball out of the infield in a five-inning no-hitter, and also went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead PCA to an 11-0 win.

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“They could not hit (Embry’s) fastball. He threw 75 pitches 56 fastballs and 19 curveballs and they just could not catch up to his fastball,” PCA coach Randy Wright said. “He did an outstanding job.”

Embry also walked four and committed an error

PCA (7-3, 1-0 Conference 7-A) scored a run in the bottom of the first, then increased the lead to 3-0 on Humphrey Barlow’s two-run home run in the fourth.

The Eagles ended the game by the 10-run mercy rule with a two-out, eight-run rally in the bottom of the fifth.

Eighth-grader Gerald Mims hit a three-run homer over the right field wall to end the game.

“We hit the ball hard the whole game, and finally started finding some holes there in the fourth and fifth innings. (River Oaks) played good defense,” Wright said.

Wes Massey also had an RBI single for PCA, and Josh Rush keyed the fifth-inning rally with a two-run single.