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.