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POPLARVILLE — Dexter Jordan didn’t waste any time making his professional dream official.
A little over a week after the Houston Astros selected the Pearl River second baseman in the 16thround of the MLB Draft, Jordan was on a plane bound for the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.
POPLARVILLE — Dexter Jordan (Hattiesburg) and Wiley Cleland (Columbia; Columbia, Academy) picked up another honor Tuesday when they were named to the All-Region XXIII Team. Michael Avalon was also named the Region's Coach of the Year.
The All-Region team was selected by the region's coaches.
ENID, Oklahoma — The top-seeded Pearl River Wildcats battled with Pasco-Hernando to the final out in Tuesday’s elimination game at David Allen Ballpark. Despite holding a lead for much of the contest, the Wildcats ultimately fell 13-12.
The loss eliminated PRCC (41-14 overall) from its first World Series berth since 2002.
ENID, Oklahoma — No. 1 seed Pearl River will need to bounce back quickly. After falling to host NOC-Enid 4-2 on Monday, the Wildcats will face Pasco-Hernando in a 1 p.m. rematch Tuesday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. The loser will head home from the NJCAA Division II World Series, while the winner advances to face NOC-Enid Wednesday.
ENID, Oklahoma — Top-seed Pearl River may have been out-hit in its first NJCAA Division II World Series appearance since 2002 but what really mattered was the runs column on the box score.
Some say “magic mustards” and some use “championship golds,” but one thing is for sure, there is something special about those all-gold jerseys Pearl River donned Saturday afternoon.
FULTON — When No. 6 Pearl River packed for Fulton and the Region XXIII Tournament, the Wildcats made sure to bring an extra box — containing “championship gold” uniforms.
The tradition was started by Hall of Fame coach Jay Artigues back when his Wildcats won the region to head to the 2004 JUCO World Series.
POPLARVILLE, Miss. — No. 7 Pearl River’s season was on the brink of ending well before the Wildcats were prepared for it to wrap up Friday. Having split the first two games of their best-of-three Region XXIII play-in series against visitor East Central, the Wildcats knew what was on the line.
POPLARVILLE — Pearl River team has been playing playoff softball unofficially for several weeks. On Sunday, the Lady Wildcats guaranteed they’ll be playing official playoff games next week when they swept Coahoma 9-1 in six innings and 14-0 in five innings.