Meridian Star

March 14, 2013

Eagles fall in blowout fashion

Tony Tsoukalas
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — After snapping a three-game losing streak on Tuesday, the Meridian Community College baseball team was dealt one of its worst losses in school history on Wednesday, falling to Southeastern (Iowa) Community College 18-0 at Scaggs Field.

    The loss marks the most runs the Eagles have given up in one game since a 1983 meeting with Pearl River, when MCC surrendered 24 runs to the Wildcats.

    “We are dealing with some selfishness and some lack of toughness,” MCC head coach Dillon Sudduth said. “We have some things we really need to address. We have been addressing it, and we got exposed today.”

    The Eagles came into the fourth inning down 1-0. However, starting pitcher Mitchell Babb began to lose control, throwing 50 pitches in the inning while surrendering seven runs to the Blackhawks. Babb (2-2) finished the day going 3 2/3 innings while allowing eight runs, six hits, five walks and a hit by pitch.

    Things would only get worse for the Eagles in the fifth inning, as the Blackhawks tagged MCC for nine more runs to take a 17-0 lead into the sixth inning.

    “It’s embarrassing for us as a program to get beaten like this on our home field,” Sudduth said. “Nothing good can happen from a loss like this, but I think you can get some leaders out of this. Hopefully there will be some players who step up and say this is enough and turn it around.”

    Sudduth said he met with players before the game, stating the importance of staying mentally locked in. Though he is disappointed in the way his team played on the afternoon, Sudduth hopes the tough loss will serve as a wake-up call to his players.

    “Hopefully it does something,” Sudduth said. “That’s what the plan is. You can tell them and tell them, but until they actually experience it they don’t know. Hopefully it will wake us up. We will get better, I can tell you that.”

    The loss drops the Eagles to 10-12 on the season. MCC will hit the road on Monday when the Eagles travel to Selma, Ala. for a doubleheader against Wallace Community College. MCC will return home on Friday, March 29 for a doubleheader against Delgado Community College beginning at 1:00 p.m.

    “We are going to go back to work, that’s all I know how to do,” Sudduth said. “We are going to keep pushing and pushing. It’s like life, if you get punched in the mouth and get knocked off your feet, you can feel sorry for yourself or you can fight through it.

“We are going to turn it around, I can tell you that right now. We are going to get better, we are going to turn it around and we are going to win.”