Meridian Star


February 20, 2014

ECCC baseball splits doubleheader with Northwest Mississippi CC

DECATUR — Home runs by Dylan Little, Ben Cooley and Lane Fazende helped lift East Central Community College to an 8-4 victory over Northwest Mississippi Community College in the first of two contests Tuesday at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.

The visiting Rangers responded with a 10-4 decision in the nightcap to earn a split of the non-division matchups.

Fazende, a Pearl River High School product, also contributed a double and led the squad with two RBIs.

Cooley, a freshman outfielder from South Jones High School, added a single to his totals for the opener.

Zach May and Ryan Ward were also credited with multiple hits. May, a Newton County High School alumnus, belted two singles and knocked in a run. Ward, a freshman from Madison Ridgeland Academy, collected two singles.

Sophomore right-hander Conner West picked up the win, allowing one hit and no earned runs during his two-inning appearance. He fanned three batters and walked one.

Southpaw Cory Kitchens, a Heidelberg Academy alumnus, went six innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits.

Nick Wilson hurled one inning and allowed one earned run on one hit. The Terry High School product also walked two batters.

In the nightcap, Thrower led the EC offense with a double and single. He was also credited with an RBI.

Bush took the loss, allowing three earned runs on three hits in one-third inning of work. He fanned a batter and walked one. Fazende went two-thirds of an inning and fanned a batter.

Kale Fultz was on the mound for five innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits. The right-hander from Covington, Tenn., struck out five and walked two.*

Will Myers, a left-hander from Leake Acadey, went one inning and allowed one earned run on one hit. He also fanned three batters and walked one.


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