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April 28, 2014

ECCC softball concludes 2014 season

DECATUR — DECATUR — The 2014 season has ended for the East Central Community College fast-pitch softball team which dropped a best-of-three series with Itawamba Community College Friday and Saturday  on the Fulton campus.

The Lady Diamond Warriors began the post-season competition with a 4-2 loss Friday, and evened the series with a 5-3 victory Saturday afternoon. EC was outscored 8-4 in the third and deciding contest late Saturday.

In the first contest, Karoline Holsonback led the offense with two singles and an RBI. Holsonback is a product of South Lamar (Ala.) High School.

Other hitters were Haley Stephens of Union, two singles; and Ty Buckley of Neshoba Central, Lindsey Beard of Clarkdale, Morgan Porter of Enterprise and Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville, singles each.

Runs were scored by Buckley and Beard.

Kendra Wilson took the loss. She allowed two earned runs on six hits, fanned two batters and walked four. Wilson is a product of South Lamar (Ala.) High School.

In the win over Itawamba, Mallory Turner led the offense with three hits and an RBI. Turner is a product of West Lauderdale High School.

Other run-producers were Stephens, double and two RBIs; Holsonback, RBI double; and Anna-Katherine Nowell of Leake Academy, two singles and one RBI.

Other hitters were Beard, Hopkins and Amber McBroom of Brandon, singles each.

Runs were scored by Turner, Porter, Buckley, Beard and Nowell.

Wilson picked up the win. She allowed two earned runs on six hits, fanned a batter and walked a pair.

In the third and deciding contest, the home standing Indians never trailed after scoring two runs in the first stanza.

Turner collected two hits and knocked in a run to lead the offense.

Other sluggers were Porter, two singles; and Stephens, Beard, Holsonback, Nowell and McBroom, singles each.

Runs were scored by Porter, Nowell, Hopkins and Christen Benson of Brookhaven.

Wilson took the loss. She hurler 4 2/3 innings and allowed seven earned runs on seven hits. She fanned five batters and walked seven.

Makayla Kelly pitched 1 1/3 innings. She allowed one hit and walked a batter. Kelly is a product of Nederland (Texas) High School.

The Lady Diamond Warriors, who finished the regular season with a 32-14 mark and 17-11 record in the MACJC South Division, qualified for the playoff series as the South # 4 Seed.

Top-seed Itawamba completed the regular season with a 33-10 mark and led the MACJC North Division at 21-3. The Lady Indians were ranked 17th in the latest NJCAA Division II poll.

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