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April 20, 2014

MCC splits with Baton Rouge, take two in series

BATON ROUGE — The Meridian Community Eagles closed out its three-game series with Baton Rouge Community College Saturday afternoon by splitting (5-2, 1-3) with the Bears.

MCC moved its record to 22-20 after winning the weekend series and is now 5-6 in Miss-Lou Conference play.

MCC will return to action next Saturday (April 26) for a road doubleheader at Wallace-Hanceville. The Eagles will take on Central Alabama at 2 p.m. and will finish the day by playing Wallace-Hanceville at 5 p.m.

The Eagles got a solid pitching performance in game one by freshman Goose Yates to come away with a 5-2 victory. Yates worked eight innings, allowed no earned runs, and completed the game with six strikeouts. Former Clarkdale star Jonathan Porter earned the save which was the first of his career.

MCC finished Game One with 11 hits and Baton Rouge had for hits. Dalton Thomas, Scott Votaw, Mac Seibert, and Garrett Larosa each had two hits apiece in the victory. Former West Lauderdale star Grant Hill also added a two-run double, while Ben Gann had a base and an RBI.

MCC wasn't as fortunate in game two as BRCC avoided the sweep by winning 3-1.

Jake Smith took the pitching loss on the mound for MCC by working four innings and collecting six strikeouts.

The Eagles finished the game with six hits and BRCC had eight. Brooks Balisterri led the way with a pair of base hits, while Dalton Thomas had an RBI single.

EMCC 2-8, Northwest 4-2

SCOOBA – The fifth-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College maintained a one-game lead atop the MACJC North Division baseball standings by earning a Friday evening split with visiting Northwest Mississippi Community College at Gerald Poole Field.  

After dropping a 4-2 decision in the 10-inning opener, EMCC bounced back with an 8-2 nightcap victory over the Rangers.

With Friday’s split, the 28-10 EMCC Lions sit at 15-5 in division play and will enter the final week of the regular season one full game ahead of second-place Northeast Mississippi (22-16, 14-6). Northwest Mississippi follows close behind with a 14-8 division mark and 26-14 overall record.

Rebounding from their 4-2 setback in Friday’s opener on Taylor King’s two-run home run in the 10th inning, the home-standing Lions capitalized on a pair of Northwest infield errors in the third inning of game two to break a 2-2 tie. EMCC answered the Rangers’ two-run first with a pair of scores in the home half without the luxury of a hit.  Chase Nyman led off the inning with a walk, stole second and moved to third on an infield out before crossing home plate on Chase Reeves’ sacrifice fly.  Tyler Odom then drew a two-out walk and advanced around the bases on three subsequent wild pitches by NWCC starting pitcher Cody Waddell.

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