With first place in the MACJC’s Central Division on the line, Meridian Community College locked horns with visiting Holmes at MCC’s Scaggs Field Saturday afternoon.

And the Eagles brought their sticks.

MCC slammed six home runs in a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Bulldogs, winning a 7-6 thriller in the opener and a 15-6 decision in the nightcap.

Nathan Wright’s opposite-field, walkoff homer gave MCC the victory in Game 1, and the momentum from that blow carried over into the second game — when the Eagles ripped 11 hits and four home runs.

“Offensively, we swung the bat very well today,” MCC coach Chris Rose said. “Even some of the outs we had ... the balls were hit really hard.

“We’ve been needing to do a better job of getting productive at-bats and today, we did,” Rose said. “We had a really good approach at the plate today.”

Saturday’s sweep gave MCC 11 wins in its last 12 games and improved the Eagles to 19-11 overall and 6-0 in division play. Holmes fell to 26-10 and 3-3.

“We’ve really come around offensively since the start of the season, and that’s what we’re supposed to do,” Rose said. “I had started to get a little impatient, and the guys realized they were struggling those first 10 games. But they’ve put a lot of work into it.”

In Saturday’s opener, MCC struck for four runs in the first inning but still needed Wright’s walkoff homer in its final at-bat.

Tyler Moore — who hit his team-leading ninth and 10th homers in Saturday’s sweep — had an RBI single and Wright had a two-run base hit as MCC jumped to the 4-0 lead.

A two-run homer by Moore in the third made it 6-2, but Holmes scored three times in the fourth and once in the top of the seventh to knot the game.

Moore finished 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs and Wright was 2-for-4 with three RBIs as well for Meridian. Kody Bumpous also had a single and triple, Michael Guerrero had a double and Wes Council had one hit and two runs scored.

Jordan Brown (2-2) pitched two innings in relief of Michael Robbins to get the win on the mound.

Holmes got three hits and three RBIs from Austin Taylor, three hits from Tolliver McMullin and a single, double and two RBIs from Marcus Spann. Shane Hunt was the loser.

In the second game, freshman Lee Swindle (1-1) had a complete-game effort and eight strikeouts on the hill.

He got plenty of help from his teammates at the plate, as Guerrero, Moore, Brown and Trey Jones all homered.

Jones’ solo shot led off the bottom of the third and gave MCC the lead for good at 3-2. Moore drilled a three-run shot in the fourth that made it a 10-5 game, then Brown had a three-run dinger and Guerrero a two-run shot in a five-run sixth inning.

Guerrero finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs; Brown had two runs and four RBIs; Moore scored twice and drove in three; Council had two hits and two runs scored; Wright was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI; Joe Scalzo had one hit and three runs scored; and Jones scored twice.

Taylor and Adrian Hibbler each had two hits for Holmes, while Buck Rodgers was the losing pitcher.

MCC returns to action Tuesday, when the Eagles travel to Scooba for another division doubleheader with host East Mississippi. Originally scheduled for 3 p.m., the twinbill will now begin at 1 p.m.

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