Lady Eagles rout Rebul for first district victory

Published 10:35 am Friday, August 15, 2014

Porters Chapel Academy pitcher Hannah Embry delivers during Thursday's 15-0 win over Rebul. Embry allowed one hit and struck out five in the three-inning victory. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)

Porters Chapel Academy pitcher Hannah Embry delivers during Thursday’s 15-0 win over Rebul. Embry allowed one hit and struck out five in the three-inning victory. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)

Whatever slump Savannah King was in, she broke out of it on Thursday. Whatever slump the rest of her Porters Chapel Academy teammates had been in early this season is long since past.

King went 3-for-3 with a triple and four RBIs to lead a 12-hit attack by PCA, and the Lady Eagles made short work of visiting Rebul Academy 15-0 at Bazinsky Park.

PCA (5-4, 1-0 District 4-A) won its district opener and its third straight game overall.

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“I’ve been struggling a lot, and I’ve finally gotten my game back. So I’m really happy about this game,” King said. “I just had a problem staying back on some pitches. I kept that in mind and just took it. I was having a problem with some outside (pitches) and I finally got those down, too.”

Hannah Embry allowed one hit and struck out five batters in the three-inning, run-rule shortened game. She retired the last seven batters in order and didn’t allow a ball out of the infield in the last two innings.

In Embry’s last three outings, the seventh-grader has allowed a total of five hits and given up just one run. She threw one-hit shutouts against Tallulah Academy and Rebul, and a three-hitter against the Jackson Victors.

Embry did load the bases in the top of the first inning Thursday by giving up a double to Nikki Scott, hitting one batter and walking another. She got out of the jam with a strikeout, however, and then the Lady Eagles went to work at the plate.

King and Kaylee Hinson each had an RBI single during a four-run first inning. In the second, PCA sent 15 batters to the plate, got nine hits, and scored 11 runs.

King had a two-run triple and an RBI single in the second inning, Karley Hinson had an RBI triple, and Anna Beth Miller and Raylee Barwick each singled in runs.

Kaylee Hinson finished the game 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, and Miller was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. Embry reached base in all three of her plate appearances, and she and courtesy runner Rheagan Smith combined to score three runs.

The strong hitting performance was another trend that continued. Since being shut out against Riverfield on Aug. 4, Porters Chapel has outscored its opponents 39-1 and gotten 37 hits.

“It was a good win. The girls hit the ball well. We’re starting district play now, so we’re getting to the good stuff,” PCA coach Amanda Yocum said. “We practiced well this week. We had a rainout Monday, so we practiced three full days, just doing a lot of the basics. Like we’ve been telling them, it’s the little things that mattered. That’s what’s working for us.”

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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