Meridian Star


February 23, 2014

MCC baseball rolls past Coahoma

MERIDIAN — The Meridian Community College Eagles returned home Saturday afternoon and flexed its muscles against Coahoma Community College.

The Eagles used a pair of solid pitching performances and great offense to score a pair of rule-rule victories (11-1, 10-0) over the Tigers at Scaggs Field.

MCC improved to 7-3 overall for the 2014 season and have now won seven of its last eight games. The Eagles will return to action this afternoon in a doubleheader against Jones County Junior College at Scaggs Field that is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

The Eagles used 13 hits as a team and a great start on the mound by Dustin Smith to roll to the run-rule victory in the opening game of the doubleheader. Smith (2-1) picked five innings and allowed one earned run, while striking out six.

Sophomore Ben Gann led the charge for MCC with three hits, including a three-run double. Paul Angel had a game-high four hits in the victory, while freshman Dalton

Thomas had a pair of hits and one RBI.

Michael Druhan had an RBI double in the victory, while Brooks Balisterri and Garrett Larosa each collected RBI base hits in the win for Meridian.

Former Clarkdale star Jonathan Porter picked up his first collegiate pitching to help guide the Eagles to sweep in Game Two. Porter (1-1) worked six scoreless innings and allowed only one hit, to go along with four strikeouts.

Sophomore catcher Kevin Hall led the Eagles at the plate with four runs drive in on a pair of base hits. Angel collected a pair of hits and drove in a pair of runs, while Thomas added a pair of RBI's on two base hits.

The Eagles finished the second game of the twin bill with seven hits as a team.

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