BATON ROUGE — After the visitors reclaimed the lead with a run in the fifth, East Mississippi pulled even again at 2-2 with an unusual equalizer in the sixth when Reeves was hit by a pitch and then proceeded to advance to home on three separate wild pitches.
Griffis and Carlini were equally superb in their respective no-decision efforts. Griffis, a sophomore left-hander for the Lions, threw 133 pitches during his 8 2/3 innings of work. The native Floridian allowed just two runs on four hits while fanning seven and walking two before leaving the game in the ninth inning. Griffis’ southpaw counterpart, Carlini threw 124 pitches during his eight-inning stint, scattering eight hits and allowing two runs with eight strikeouts and no walks.
After leaving the bases loaded the previous inning, Northwest made amends in the decisive 10th inning. Following Kramer Hollenbach’s one-out single, Taylor King drilled a two-run home run over the left-field wall off EMCC reliever Andrew Crane (4-1) for the eventual game-winner. Tyler Scholl worked the final two scoreless innings to earn the win for the Rangers.
Bidding for their first MACJC North Division baseball title since 1998, head coach Chris Rose’s EMCC Lions conclude the regular-season slate during the coming week with a Wednesday doubleheader at Itawamba followed by a crucial Saturday home twin bill against Northeast Mississippi.