Meridian Star


February 15, 2014

Rush Invitational action at MCC and ECCC this weekend

MERIDIAN —     A weekend of community college baseball is on tap today and Sunday.

    The Meridian Community College baseball team will host its 2014 Rush Invitational Tournament at Scaggs Field this weekend to mark the first home games of the 2014 regular season for the Eagles.

    East Central Community College hosts the 2014 Rush Invitational at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus.

    East Central Community College's Diamond Warriors begin today’s action with a 1 p.m. matchup against Faulkner State. Faulkner State takes on Baton Rouge at 3:30 p.m. and will be followed by the East Central/Baton Rouge battle at 6 p.m.

    Games scheduled Sunday include Baton Rouge vs. Faulkner State at 11 a.m.; Baton Rouge vs. Wallace State at 1:30 p.m.; and Wallace State vs. Faulkner State at 4 p.m.

    All EC games are nine-inning contests. The other match-ups are seven-inning battles.

    Meridian Community College opened the regular season last Saturday by dropping a pair of games in Raymond, MS to Mineral Area (MO.) by a final of 14-10 and to Hinds by a count of 1-0.

    The Eagles were originally scheduled to open the home portion of its schedule on Wednesday against Jones County Junior College, but heavy rain caused the games to be rescheduled for Feb. 23.

    The 2014 Rush Invitational Tournament will consist of three teams that include: Meridian, Kaskaskia College (IL), and Jefferson College (MO). Meridian has already taken to the field for two games, but the other two squads will see the field for the first time this weekend. MCC will open the tournament today at 11 a.m. against Kaskaskia College from Illinois.

    The Blue Devils will look to continue its recent run of success in 2014 after making an appearance in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, CO in 2013. Kaskaskia competes in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and should be a tough test for the Eagles to open the tournament today.

    MCC will conclude play with a 5 p.m. game against Jefferson College from Missouri. The Vikings have a recent string of appearances in the JUCO World Series by advancing the grand stage in 2002, 2011, and 2012. Jefferson College competes in the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference and has won seven straight conference titles heading into 2014. Jefferson College is actually opening the season Friday with a doubleheader against Dyersburg State in Tennessee before making the trip to Meridian.

    Jefferson College and Kaskaskia will meet twice during the weekend as well with games scheduled for today and Sunday at 2 p.m. MCC will play twice on Sunday following its two games today. The Eagles will tangle with Jefferson College Sunday morning at 11 a.m. and Kaskaskia at 5 p.m. The games that the Eagles will compete in this weekend will be seven-inning contests.  

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