ECCC Baseball to Face Northwest in Opening Game of NJCAA Region 23 Tournament

After sweeping Mississippi Delta Community College in a first round playoff series last week, the East Central Community College Diamond Warrior baseball team will compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Tournament Wednesday-Sunday, May 17-21, at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville.

East Central enters the tournament as the No. 5 seed and will face No. 2 seed Northwest Mississippi Community College Wednesday, May 17, at 3 p.m. The two teams split a doubleheader during the regular season.

Also participating in the tournament are No. 1 seed Jones County Junior College, No. 3 seed LSU-Eunice, No. 4 seed Hinds Community College, and No. 6 seed Pearl River Community College.

Double-elimination games will begin Wednesday with LSU-Eunice taking on Hinds at noon, ECCC facing Northwest at 3 p.m., and No. 1 nationally ranked Jones County against Pearl River at 6 p.m.

Admission is $8. MACJC passes will be accepted.

East Central fans can follow the action at

The tournament champion will advance to the NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series in Enid, Okla., May 27-June 3.

East Central is 33-15 on the season.

Region 23 Tournament

Wednesday’s Games

Game 1, No. 3 LSU-Eunice vs. No. 4 Hinds, noon

Game 2, No. 2 Northwest vs. No. 5 East Central, 3 p.m.

Game 3, No. 1 Jones County vs. No. 6 Pearl River, 6 p.m.

Thursday’s Games

Game 4, Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, noon

Game 5, Winner Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1, 3 p.m.

Game 6, Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3, 6 p.m.

Friday’s Games

Game 7, Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 6, noon

Game 8, Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 3 p.m.

Game 9, Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, 6 p.m.

Saturday’s Game

Game 10, Championship, Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9, 1 p.m.

Sunday’s Game

Game 11, if necessary, 1 p.m.