Meridian Star


February 18, 2014

East Central stays perfect, sweeps Marion Military

MERIDIAN —     East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball squad improved to 8-0 on the 2014 campaign following a doubleheader sweep of Marion Military (Ala.) Monday on the Decatur campus.

    The Diamond Warriors posted a 9-6 victory in the opener and held on for a 7-5 decision in the nightcap.

    Lindsey Beard, Hayley Stephens and Makayla Kelly each doubled and singled to lead ECCC’s offense in the first contest. Beard and Kelly were also credited with two RBIs each and Stephens knocked in a run.

    Beard is a product of Clarkdale High School. Stephens is a former standout at Union High School and Kelly hails from Nederland (Texas) High School.

    Other ECCC hitters were Skyler Simmons, a product of Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala., double and two RBIs; and Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale and Morgan Porter of Enterprise, singles each.

    Runs were scored by Turner (2), Beard (2), Stephens (2), Porter, Kelly and Ty Buckley of Neshoba Central.

    Kendra Wilson went the distance to record the victory. She allowed four earned runs on 12 hits, fanned ten batters and walked three in the seven-inning matchup. Wilson is a product of South Lamar (Ala.) High School.

    In the second contest, Buckley belted a two-run homer and added a single to lead the offense.

    Also recording multiple hits were Turner, triple and single; and Porter and Karoline Holsonback of South Lamar (Ala.) High School, two singles each. Holsonback was also credited with two RBIs. Porter also knocked in a run.

    Beard contributed an RBI double and Stephens had a single.

    Runs were scored by Porter (2), Buckley (2), Turner, Holsonback and Kelly.

    Kelly was also the winning pitcher in the seven-inning battle. She allowed four earned runs on eight hits. She also fanned a batter and walked two.

    Next up for the undefeated Diamond Warriors are non-division contests at Holmes Community College tomorrow. Game times are 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the Goodman campus.

    ECCC’s softball squad is led by head coach Kristin Chaney, assistant Courtney Nunn and volunteer assistant Kasie Buckley.

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