Big first inning propels PCA past St. Al

Published 8:57 am Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A sloppy first inning by St. Aloysius turned into a thing of beauty for Porters Chapel Academy.

PCA used four walks, two hit batters and three errors by the Lady Flashes to score 10 runs in the opening frame, and went on to beat St. Al 16-4 Tuesday night at Bazinsky Park.

Hannah Embry went 1-for-2 with two walks, a double, two RBIs and three runs scored for Porters Chapel (5-1). Mallarie Ashley doubled, scored one run and drove in three.

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Embry also pitched a four-inning complete game. She gave up four hits, struck out six, and didn’t walk a batter.

Brooklyn Richards had an RBI double for St. Al (0-1), while Michelle Howington went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.

PCA loaded the bases in the first inning on two walks and an error. Ashley then cleared them with her double. Two hit batters, two errors and two more walks followed as the Lady Eagles bolted out to a 10-2 lead and never looked back.

PCA tacked on two more runs in the second inning and four in the fourth, and won by the 12-run mercy rule.

In all, St. Al committed six errors in the game. It has now lost 16 consecutive games dating back to the end of the 2015 spring season, when it was a member of the Mississippi High School Activities Association. The Lady Flashes will try to break the streak Monday, when they host Hartfield Academy at 5 p.m. at Bazinsky Park.

Porters Chapel will go on the road Thursday to play the Jackson Victors. It’s the first of four consecutive road games for the Lady Eagles, including three within District 5-AA. Their next home game is Aug. 20 against Trinity.