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April 4, 2014

ECCC, Hinds split doubleheader

JACKSON — JACKSON — After falling 6-5 in the opener, East Central Community College’s baseball squad rallied for 2-1 decision to split a twin bill with Hinds Community College Tuesday.

East Central’s record stands at 14-15 overall and 6-6 in league play following the split. The Diamond Warriors are currently second in the MACJC South Division. The Eagles are 9-3 in league play and tied with Jones County at the top spot. Hinds is 19-12 overall.

In the first contest, the score was tied 1-1 until the fourth inning, when the visitors scored four runs. EC responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame and added another run in the fifth to deadlock the score at 5-5.  Hinds scored the go-ahead run in the sixth and held on for the victory.

Jake Bush slapped a two-run single to lead the offense. Bush is a product of Brookwood (Ala.) High School.

John Morgan Berry of Madison Central contributed a run-scoring double and Cody Daigle was credited with a single and RBI. Diagle is a product of Parkview Baptist (La.) High School.

Zach Mowdy took the loss. The freshman southpaw from Union hurled 1/3 inning and walked a batter.

Starter Kyle Fultz went 3 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits. He also walked a batter. Fultz is a transfer from Southwest Tennessee Community College and resident of Covington, Tenn.

In the second game, Hinds grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning but the Diamond Warriors rallied to tie the contest in the fourth. EC won the game on Harmon’s walk-off bunt that scored Ben Cooley in the bottom of the seventh. Cooley is a product of South Jones High School.

Other EC hitters were Will Myers of Leake Academy, double; and Bush, Chance Whitten of South Panola and Lane Fazende of Pearl River Central, singles each. Whitten scored the game-tying run.

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