ECCC Diamond Warriors drop weekend contests

A doubleheader loss to rival East Mississippi Community College Friday followed by setbacks to Mineral Area and Holmes Community College squads Saturday in Goodman left East Central Community College’s baseball squad with a 4-6 mark on the young 2014 campaign.

In the twin bill with East Mississippi, the Diamond Warriors were edged 6-5 in the opener and were shut out 3-0 in the nightcap at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

Hunter Thrower, Dylan Little, Cody Daigle and Caleb Woods each had two singles to lead EC’s offense in the first contest. Thrower led in RBIs with two.

Thrower hails from Southeast Lauderdale High School; Little, Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes, Ala.; Daigle, Parkview Baptist High School in Addis, La.; and Woods, Leake Central.

Other hitters were Ben Cooley of South Jones, Ryan Ward of Madison Ridgeland Academy and Todd Hughes of Clarkdale, singles each.

Cooley, Hughes and Chance Whitten of South Panola were credited with an RBI each.

Jake Bush took the loss in relief. He went 3 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on three hits. The southpaw from Brookwood (Ala.) High School fanned four batters and walked two.

In the second contest, EC hitters were Bush, Little, Woods, Thrower, Lane Fazende of Pearl River Central and Kyle McCullough of Madison Ridgeland Academy, singles each.

Starter Ran Ward was the losing pitcher, as the right-hander from MRA went six innings and allowed two earned runs on two hits. He also fanned five batters and walked three.

East Central participated in the Holmes Invitational held Saturday and Sunday in Goodman.

The Diamond Warriors fell 4-3 loss to Mineral Area and dropped a 5-4 decision to Holmes during Saturday competition.

Whitten doubled and singled and collected an RBI to lead EC’s offense against Mineral Area.

Fazende contributed a two-run double.

Other hitters were Bush and Ward, singles each.

Right-hander Ty Hendrix took the loss. He went five innings and allowed four runs on four hits. He also fanned four batters and walked two. Hendrix is a product of East Webster High School.

In the Holmes game, EC hitters were Thrower, double; and Bush, Ward and Hughes, singles each.

Thrower was also credited with an RBI and McCullough knocked in two runs.

Right-hander Conner West took the loss. West went two innings and allowed two runs on two hits. He fanned eight batters and walked three. He is a product of Taylorsville High School.

The Diamond Warriors travel to Mississippi Delta Community College Thursday, Feb. 27. Doubleheader action begins at noon on the Moorhead campus.

EC’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Scott DeLoach and Ronald Sims.


ECCC Diamond Warriors

Ready to begin the 2014 campaign are the above members of East Central Community College’s baseball squad. Pictured are (first row, from left) outfielder (1) Ben Cooley, a product of South Jones High School; infielder (2) Dylan Little, Mary G. Montgomery HS, Semmes, Ala.; short stop/second baseman (3) Hunter Thrower, Southeast Lauderdale; outfielder/left-handed pitcher (4) Jake Bush, Brookwood (Ala.) High School; outfielder (5) Cojuante McMillian, Hamilton; left-handed pitcher (6) Zach Mowdy, Union; right-handed pitcher (7) Courtney Forbes, Columbia; outfielder (8) Zach May, Newton County; right-handed pitcher (9) Mason Woodrow, Taylorsville; outfielder (11) Kyle McCullough, Madison Ridgeland Academy; catcher/right-handed pitcher (12) Lane Fazende, Pearl River Central; left-handed pitcher/outfielder (13) Will Myers, Leake Academy; and catcher (14) Todd Hughes, Clarkdale; (second row, from left) Neal Holliman, head coach; infielder/outfielder (10) Maxwell Harmon, Enterprise; left-handed pitcher (15) Cory Kitchens, Heidelberg Academy; right-handed pitcher/infielder (16) Ryan Ward, Madison Ridgeland Academy; right-handed pitcher (18) Conner West, Taylorsville; outfielder (19) Gage Sullivan, Richland; right-handed pitcher (20) Ty Hendrix, East Webster; left-handed pitcher (21) Nick Wilson, Terry; first baseman (22) Caleb Woods, Leake Central; right-handed pitcher (23) Dillon Drake, Puckett; Scott DeLoach and Ronald Sims, assistant coaches; and (back row, from left) third baseman/first baseman (25) Cody Daigle, Parkview Baptist, Addis, La.; first baseman/outfielder (27) John Morgan Berry, Madison Central; catcher/outfielder (28) Deshawn Pittman, Quitman; outfielder (31) Reagan Warren, Newton County; outfielder/first baseman (33) Chance Whitten, South Panola; right-handed pitcher (34) Kale Fultz, Covington, Tenn.; right-handed pitcher (35) Colby Eaves, Nanih Waiya; right-handed pitcher/catcher (37) Seth Dement, Hamilton; and managers Chris Yarbrough of Florence and Ephraim Ringo of Forest. The defending MACJC State Champion Diamond Warriors host Pensacola State College in the season opener scheduled Saturday, Feb. 8. Doubleheader action gets under way at 1 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus. (EC Photo)