Meridian Community College head baseball coach Chris Rose says he looks at injuries as opportunities for other players to step up and earn a spot.

Considering the Eagles have suffered injuries at no less than four spots on the field thus far, Rose’s 2006 squad has seen plenty of opportunities. Tuesday at Bill Scaggs Field, the Eagles continued to take advantage.

Meridian twice came from behind to get a win Tuesday, sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Northwest (Ala.) Shoals with 4-3 and 3-1 victories.

“It’s been tough so far,” Rose said after his team evened its record at 10-10 on the year despite having two catchers miss time — in addition to suffering loses at shortstop, second base and left field. “But the guys that we’ve put in there have responded ... they’ve earned a spot.”

After MCC rallied to win the opener, the Eagles appeared stymied by Seth Watson of Northwest Shoals early in the nightcap. Watson limited Meridian to just one hit through the first three innings, but in the bottom of the fourth — MCC broke through.

That’s when Tyler Moore sent the first pitch he saw over the left-field wall, a two-run homer that gave Meridian a 2-1 advantage the Eagles wouldn’t surrender.

“That was a big knock for us,” Rose said of Moore’s fifth homer of the season. “We had put the hit-and-run on ... for Tyler, we call it the rip-and-run. We knew we were going to get a fastball, and he got it.”

Later in the same inning, former West Lauderdale standout David Woods had a pop-fly single to score Joe Scalzo with an insurance run — and neither team scored again.

Jordan Brown (1-2) got the win on the mound for Meridian, as he fanned six and gave up just one unearned run in four innings of work. Wade Weathers pitched three hitless innings for his first save of the season — lowering his team-leading earned-run average to 2.14.

Moore finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs to pace MCC.

In the first game, the Eagles got single runs in the first and third innings — only to see Northwest tie the game with a pair of runs in the fourth. The Patriots went ahead with a single run in the fifth, but MCC rallied with two in its half of the fifth for the win.

Michael Guerrero doubled and scored in the first for MCC, then he scored again in the third on an RBI single from Paul Gatchell.

Northwest tied it with a two-run homer from Justin McClanahan in the fourth, then took the lead with an unearned run in the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Guerrero had a one-out double to start another rally. Trey Jones followed with a walk, then Gatchel had an RBI single to make it 3-3. Later in the inning, Scalzo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to produce the eventual game-winning run.

Chris Cooper’s double looked like it might produce the game-tying run for Northwest in the top of the seventh, but MCC erased the baserunner attempting to score from first at home.

Guerrero was 4-for-4 with three runs scored to pace MCC’s seven-hit offense, while Gatchel was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Travis Bogue (2-2) got the win on the mound, giving up four hits and two earned runs in five innings. Former Meridian High standout Kedrick Martin threw two scoreless innings for his second save.

MCC is at home again today for a doubleheader with Kiswaukee beginning at 1 p.m.

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