Meridian Star


April 1, 2014

ECCC Diamond Warriors take twinball

DECATUR — East Central Community College's baseball squad improved to 5-3 in the MACJC South Division following a doubleheader sweep of Southwest Mississippi Community College Sunday.

The Diamond Warriors held on for a 5-4 win in the opener and posted an 8-4 decision in the nightcap of the twin bill, originally scheduled for Saturday but moved to Sunday due to wet grounds. Todd Hughes slapped a two-run single to lead EC's offense in the first contest. Hughes is a product of Clarkdale High School.

Other hitters were Jake Bush of Brookwood (Ala.) High School and Chance Whitten of South Panola, who had singles each. Dylan Little of Mary G. Montgomery (Ala.) High School was credited with an RBI.

Ryan Ward was the winning pitcher. He tossed two-thirds of an inning of shutout ball. Ward is a product of Madison Ridgeland Academy.

In the second game, Caleb Woods led the offense with two singles and two RBIs. Woods is a product of Leake Central High School.

Bush contributed two singles and knocked in a run.

Other hitters were Little, RBI single; Kyle McCullough of Madison Ridgeland Academy, triple; Whitten, double; and Lane Fazende of Pearl River Central, single.

Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise was credited with two RBIs.

Runs were scored by McCullough (2), Hunter Thrower of Southeast Lauderdale, Zach May of Newton County, Bush, Whitten, Little and Ward.

Nick Wilson picked up the win. The southpaw went four innings and allowedno earned runs while giving up three hits. He fanned five batters and walked three. Wilson is a product of Terry High School.

EC battles Hinds Community College today, with the doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

The Diamond Warriors (13-15) are led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Scott DeLoach and Ronald Sims.

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