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April 12, 2014

EMCC splits at Holmes

GOODMAN —     GOODMAN — Chase Reeves’ pair of home runs in Thursday’s nightcap lifted seventh-ranked East Mississippi Community College to an MACJC North Division road baseball split with Holmes Community College.

    After coming up just short in their ninth-inning comeback attempt in the opener, the visiting EMCC Lions bounced back from their tough 7-6 setback to earn Thursday’s split with a 6-3 victory over the Bulldogs in the nightcap.

    With Thursday’s split at Holmes, which had been postponed from its previously scheduled April 5 game date due to last weekend’s rain, head coach Chris Rose’s 25-9 EMCC Lions enter this weekend’s baseball action with a one-game lead over Northeast Mississippi atop the MACJC’s North Division standings. Set for a noon road doubleheader Saturday at Coahoma, East Mississippi’s current 12-4 division record is one game ahead of Northeast (18-14, 11-5) and two games better than Mississippi Delta (21-13, 10-6).

    Trailing 3-2 after four innings of Thursday’s nightcap at Holmes, the Lions knotted the game at 3-3 on Reeves’ leadoff home run to begin the fifth inning. Before the former Hamilton High School standout’s heroics an inning later, EMCC’s top of the batting order set the table for the dramatics. Following two quick outs to begin the top of the sixth inning, Chase Nyman battled to earn a full-count walk and was balked to second.

    LeDarious Clark followed with a single to short on a 1-2 count to put runners at the corners.  Reeves, a former Ole Miss signee, then blasted Clyde Kendrick’s first pitch over the right-field fence for his team-leading sixth home run of the year.

    In relief of starting pitcher Joshua Griffis, who allowed three unearned runs on only one hit through the first four innings, EMCC closer Conner Burton worked the final three frames on the mound for the Lions.

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