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The Meridian Star
Competition in the annual Rush Invitational began on a disappointing note for the East Central Community College baseball squad which dropped a 5-2 decision to Faulkner State Community College Saturday afternoon at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.
EC had the potential winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded but Hunter Thrower grounded out to third to end the game.
The Diamond Warriors managed just four hits in the loss - a double by Kyle McCullough and singles from Zach May, Caleb Woods and Lane Fazende.
Southpaw Jake Bush took the loss in relief. He went 2 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He fanned two batters and walked a pair.
Starter Mason Woodrow went 4 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits. He fanned five batters and walked five.
Conner West hurled the final 1 2/3 innings and fanned one batter.
ECCC was up 13-6 in the top of the 8th in a nine inning game against Baton Rouge Community College at press time.
Matchups for today include Baton Rouge vs. Faulkner State at 11 a.m.; Baton Rouge vs. Wallace State at 1:30 p.m.; and Wallace State vs. Faulkner State at 4 p.m.