from staff reports
The Meridian Star
The East Central Community College Warriors were able to fend off Pensacola State College in their home-opening doubleheader Saturday, winning 6-5 and 4-3.
"I thought it was a good effort on a pair of close games," EC coach Neal Holliman said. "We made plays and came out on top, which is especially good on opening day."
In Game 1, Pensacola struck first with one run in the top of the first when Ulysses Fluellen doubled, advanced to third on a fly out and then scored on an error by EC's Dylan Little. PSC then added two more runs in the third inning with a pair of RBI singles from Marcus Morrissete and Andy Chacon. The Pirates finished out with a two-run single by Maddox in the seventh to put them within one run before the Warriors' defense was able to hold off the threat in the nine-inning game.
EC scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning with a double to right field by Chance Whitten that plated Hunter Thrower and Little, giving the Warriors the lead for good. EC added four more runs in the bottom of the second when Caleb Woods doubled to centerfield and Todd Hughes reached first on a PSC error advancing Woods to score. Ben Cooley reached on an error by the left fielder and advanced to second. Thrower singled to score Hughes and Little doubled to left field to drive in Thrower and Cooley.
Mason Woodrow collected six strikeouts allowing no earned runs on five hits and no walks over five inning. PSC's Austin Bembnowski took the loss allowing six runs on six innings, walking one and striking out six.
In Game 2 Chance Whitten's walk-off home run in the eighth inning sealed the sweep in extra innings. Ryan Ward got the win for the Warriors pitching one shutout inning, striking out one. He walked none and gave up no hits.
Ty Hendrix lead the pitching off giving up only one hit, no earned runs, walked one and struck out four during his six innings.
"Mason Woodrow threw well in the first game and Ty Hendrix did a great job through six innings only giving up one hit in the second game," Holliman added.
The Warriors jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third with Lane Fazende starting things off with a double before Jake Bush singled bringing Cooley home. Thrower scored on a walk and Zach May scored on a passed ball.
The Warriors next game will be Monday against Wallace-Selma on the University of West Alabama campus at 2 p.m.