Meridian Star

February 7, 2014

Cold blooded

Lady Warriors open season with sweep

Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — From Staff reports

The temperatures may have been cold on Thursday but the East Central Community College Lady Warriors had a warm feeling when they left the field.

The Lady Warriors started off the 2014 softball season with a doubleheader sweep of East Mississippi, taking game one 10-3 and blanking the Lady Lions 8-0 in the nightcap.

“It was cold but it was a good start,” ECCC softball coach Kristen Chaney said. “I thought our girls played extremely well. You really don’t know how you are going to respond until you play somebody else but I thought we played well in all three aspects of the game, pitching, hitting and defense.”

Former EMCC pitcher Kendra Wilson got the start for the Lady Warriors and pitched a complete game, giving up five hits in seven innings of work. Wilson started out a bit shaky, hitting the first batter then throwing a pair of wild pitches that allowed EMCC to take an early 1-0 lead.

“Kendra is a transfer from Scooba so she was really pumped,” Chaney said. “You could see she was really excited but she settled down after that first inning and didn’t allow another run until the fifth inning. She has had some arm problems and has struggled in intrasquad games but I thought she threw a lot of strikes today and when you do that, you are going to do well.”

After falling behind 1-0, the Lady Warriors responded with two in the first and then added six in the fourth and two in the sixth to take control of the contest.

Hayley Stephens led the Lady Warriors at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs.

Lindsey Beard added a double for the Lady Warriors.

In the second contest, the Lady Warriors banged out nine hits and blanked the Lady Lions to start the season with a doubleheader sweep.

“I thought we put the ball in play and put some pressure on them in the cold weather,” Chaney said. “I thought we hit the ball a lot better in the second game but we’ve still got a ways to go on that end. We had a couple of defensive miscues that we need to clean up but overall I’m very pleased to open the season with a pair of wins.”

After two scoreless innings to open the second contest, East Central exploded with six runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth.

Morgan Porter and Karoline Holsonback had two hits apiece to lead the Lady Warriors. Holsonback knocked in three runs while Skyler Simmons had a pair of RBIs.