St. Al splits two games; PCA falls to old rival UCS

Published 11:00 pm Saturday, March 24, 2012

St. Aloysius put together its second winning streak of the season, then had it end, all in the span of a few hours Saturday.

Josh Eargle went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, and Neal Ricks tripled and drove in three runs as the Flashes beat Yazoo County 12-2 in the first half of a split doubleheader.

The victory pushed St. Al’s winning streak to two — just the second time it has won back-to-back games all season — but it was short-lived. The Flashes lost to Riverside in their second game of the day, 12-8.

Email newsletter signup

Sign up for The Vicksburg Post's free newsletters

Check which newsletters you would like to receive
  • Vicksburg News: Sent daily at 5 am
  • Vicksburg Sports: Sent daily at 10 am
  • Vicksburg Living: Sent on 15th of each month

St. Al (6-11) jumped out to a 12-0 lead after three innings against Yazoo County and won in five by the mercy rule.

Andrew Collins scored three runs, while Eargle, Will Pierce and Jacob Breeden each scored twice.

Matt Mims allowed five hits and two runs in five innings to get the win. He walked one batter and struck out seven.

St. Al collected 13 hits against Riverside, but was simply outslugged by the Bulldogs, who had 18 hits.

Eargle went 3-for-4 with an RBI for St. Al, and was one of four Flashes with at least two hits. Patrick Murphy, Mims and Collins all went 2-for-4.

St. Al will return to action on Tuesday night, when it hosts Division 7-1A rival West Lincoln at Bazinsky Field. The game begins at 7 p.m.

University Christian 10, Porters Chapel 3

Brewer Eldridge went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Greg Moore was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Mike Allen had three hits as University Christian (6-4) beat Porters Chapel Academy (6-3).

Adam McPhail went the distance on the mound for University Christian. He finished with 13 strikeouts.

Talbot Buys had two hits for PCA, while Jonah Masterson and Sam Staggs each drove in a run.

All six of PCA’s wins have come against District 5-A opponents, while all of its losses have been to non-district foes.

Despite the latest defeat, PCA coach Wade Patrick said he was happy with the way his team played Saturday.

“I was pleased with the way we played, as odd as it might be when you lose 10-3,” he said. “I was pleased that we didn’t stop playing and we made some defensive plays. We just competed and had fun.”