East Central Community College's baseball squad took a pair of contests from visiting Holmes Community College on Tuesday, winning the first contest by an 11-7 margin and posting a 6-2 decision in the nightcap.
With the victories, the Diamond Warriors improved to 15-18 overall and 4-4 in MACJC Central Division action under first-year head coach Neal Holliman.
In the first game, EC jumped to an early 10-0 lead, scoring two runs in the first inning, five in the second and three in the third. Holmes tallied two runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Hitters for EC were Jacob Thames of Union, double and single; Jordan Robinson, also of Union, and Brian Jones, a product of Allen County HS in Adolphus, Ky., two singles each; Josh Lafferty of Quitman, double; and Terrell Hendrix of East Oktibbeha High School in Starkville and Warren Bowling of Florence, singles each.
Collecting RRIs were Jones (3), Bowling (2), Adam Griffin of Neshoba Central (2), Chad Gosselin of Brandon, Hendrix and Lafferty.
Gregory Stovall (2-4) of Neshoba Central threw four scoreless innings to earn the victory. He fanned four batters and allowed just two hits. He also walked three batters.
In the second contest, EC rallied from an early 1-0 deficit by scoring three runs in the fourth inning and three in the sixth to seal the win. Holmes scored once in the third inning and added a run in the fifth.
EC sluggers were Griffin and George Washington of Demopolis, Ala., two singles each; Jones, double; and Robinson, Bowling, Gosselin and Jacob Casey of Union, singles each.
Casey and Jones had two RBIs each, and RBIs were also recorded by Bowling and Griffin.
Scoring runs were Washington, Bowling, Griffin, Gosselin, Jones and Chris Parkman of Pulaski.
Joe Patterson (4-4) of Morton went the distance on the mound in picking up the win, allowing two runs on three hits. He fanned three batters and walked four.
ECCC FALLS TO CO-LIN, 9-8
East Central was unable to hold a late 8-6 advantage and Copiah-Lincoln Community College rallied for a 9-8 decision Saturday, March 31 on the Wesson campus.
The Diamond Warriors had rallied from an early 6-1 deficit by scoring four runs in the fifth inning and three in the seventh to take an 8-6 lead, only to have the Wolves respond with two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to post the victory.
EC hitters were Griffin, home run; Washington, triple and single; Gosselin, double and single; Jones, two singles; and Casey, single.
Collecting RBIs were Gosselin (2), Parkman (2), Griffin, Bowling, Jones and Lafferty.
Griffin, Washington, Bowling and Gosselin scored two runs each.
Jones took the loss for EC on the mound, allowing three runs on five hits through three and one-thirds innings. Hendrix was the starter and allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits through four innings.
NEMCC SWEEPS JCJC IN BASEBALL DH
Northeast Mississippi Community College swept Jones County Junior College 4-1 and 15-4 in a Thursday double-header at Booneville, Mississippi. Freshman Matt Carter was the winning pitcher in game one, while another freshman, Peter Vance, won the second game. Sophomore John David Horn led the Tigers in hitting with six hits, including two doubles.
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