Meridian Star


March 5, 2014

Pepper Baker becomes EMCC’s latest MACJC Player of the Week

SCOOBA — For the second consecutive week, an East Mississippi Community College student-athlete has collected MACJC Player of the Week accolades.  

As this week’s MACJC Softball Position Player of the Week, Pepper Baker is EMCC’s latest honoree for her efforts a week ago.

Baker’s recognition follows on the heels of a tandem of selections for East Mississippi student-athletes the previous week. Sophomore pitcher Hunter Swart, a product of Nanih Waiya High School, was tabbed OC Sports NJCAA Division II Baseball Pitcher of the Week along with his MACJC honor. In addition, sophomore forward Justin Kinsey, from Yazoo City, was named MACJC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season.

Baker, a freshman centerfielder/shortstop from Hahnville (La.) High School, batted .467 (7-for-15) with a grand slam, two doubles and nine runs batted in this past week. The Louisiana product hit safely and had at least one RBI in all five games played a week ago, along with scoring three runs and stealing a base. The grand slam, her first collegiate home run, proved to be the game-winning hit in the Lady Lions’ 7-4 win over Pearl River.

Coach Kyndall White’s 11-11 EMCC Lady Lions will look to bounce back from their 0-2 MACJC North Division start by playing host to Coahoma Community College in a rescheduled doubleheader now slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch Wednesday at the EMCC Softball Field on the Scooba campus.

Two weeks ago, Swart picked up two more saves for the Lions and has now recorded a save in all four appearances this season. The Louisville native has yet to give up an earned run and has allowed but two hits in 5.1 innings pitched during four relief appearances on the year.

Coach Chris Rose’s 10-4 EMCC Lions, having debuted 16th nationally in last week’s NJCAA Division II baseball poll, travel to Poplarville Wednesday for a rescheduled 4 p.m. doubleheader against Pearl River Community College.

Kinsey capped the Lions’ regular season in basketball by scoring a career-high 23 points on 9-of-11 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws, while adding 10 rebounds (seven offensive boards), three blocks and two steals against Coahoma. For the final week of the regular season, the former Yazoo City High School standout averaged 17.5 points on 71-percent shooting (12-of-17 FGs) from the field and 85-percent accuracy (11-of-13 FTs) from the line.

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