POPLARVILLE — For the fourth time in just over a week Pearl River’s softball team has earned a sweep. After taking both ends of doubleheaders at East Mississippi and against both Copiah-Lincoln and Northwest last week, the Lady Wildcats swept the MACJC’s weekly honors. Freshman Grace Stringer (Moselle; South Jones) was named the MACJC Pitcher of the Week while sophomore catcher Mary Grace Turner (Leakesville; Greene County) was named the MACJC Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday morning.
Tuesday marked the second time this year Stringer has been honored by the league.
Stringer was dominant in the circle for PRCC (21-17 overall, 11-11 MACJC), boasting a 3-0 record and a paltry 0.74 ERA. In a 6-2 victory at East Mississippi, Stringer allowed two runs (one earned) in seven innings while striking out three against two walks and five hits. Stringer followed up Monday’s performance by throwing another complete game in a 2-1 victory over Copiah-Lincoln. In the narrow victory, Stringer allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out four. The Moselle native capped the week by going the distance in a 5-0 five inning victory over Northwest. Stringer whiffed five Rangers while allowing just two hits and one walk in the shutout.
Stringer is 11-3 on the year with a 2.08 ERA, having struck out 59 in 87 1/3 innings.
MARY GRACE TURNER
The power swing that made Turner one of the nation’s elite home run hitters early in the season has returned. Turner has hit six homers in the last 12 games — including four in six games last week.
In PRCC’s 6-0 week against EMCC, CLCC and NWCC, Turner hit .545 with a .773 on-base percentage, 1.727 slugging percentage and 2.500 OPS. In 22 plate appearances, Turner hit four homers with one double, 11 RBI, 10 runs scored and one hit-by-pitch. She also walked 10 times without striking out and stole two bases.
On the year, Turner is hitting .389 with 12 home runs, 12 doubles and 34 RBI. Her 12 homers this year are good enough to tie her for 11th nationally and third in the MACJC.