Eagles steamroll Veritas in doubleheader

Published 10:30 am Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PCA infielder Josh Daffron tags out a Veritas baserunner Tuesday afternoon at Pierce Field. (Justin Sellers/The Vicksburg Post)

PCA infielder Josh Daffron tags out a Veritas baserunner Tuesday afternoon at Pierce Field. (Justin Sellers/The Vicksburg Post)

Like an assembly line, Porters Chapel Academy kept manufacturing baserunners and runs Tuesday. One after another, after another, after another.

It made sense, then, that the finished products of its doubleheader with Veritas looked nearly identical.

PCA scored more than a dozen runs in the first inning of each game, and won by identical 17-0 scores.

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“Their pitcher threw strikes, and we hit the ball. That’s what you have to do. We put the ball in play and just added on and got it over with early,” PCA coach Wade Patrick said.

The sweep gave PCA (7-5, 5-0 District 5-A) six wins in its last seven games and virtually assured it of a playoff berth. One more win, either April 13 against Veritas (0-4, 0-4) or in one of three games next week against Rebul, will make it certain.

PCA can win the district title by winning two of the three games against Rebul.

“For the most part, we’re sitting good as far as making it,” Patrick said. “Which is always good. That’s what you want, is just to give yourself a chance.”

No matter how the series with Rebul turns out, the Eagles can at least pencil in some plans for the playoffs based on Monday’s results.

They batted around twice and scored 14 runs in the bottom of the first inning in game one, then did the same and scored 15 runs in the first inning of game two.

Both games lasted just 2 1/2 innings because of the 15-run mercy rule used by the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.

Ryan Collins went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored for PCA in game one. Taylor Rushing doubled twice, scored twice and drove in two runs, while Jordan Locke was 2-for-2 with a triple and three RBIs.

Zac Morgan allowed two hits in three shutout innings on the mound. He walked two and struck out five.

In game two, Josh Daffron hit an inside-the-park home run and threw a three-inning no-hitter.

PCA will return to action Friday afternoon with a game at Hartfield Academy. First pitch is at 3 p.m.

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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