ECCC posts 3-1 mark to begin Division Play

From school reports

East Central Community College’s baseball squad began MACJC South Division competition with a doubleheader sweep of MS Gulf Coast Community College and a twin bill split with Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

The Diamond Warriors registered 11-7 and 3-1 victories over Gulf Coast on March 12 in Perkinston. They journeyed to Co-Lin’s Wesson campus on March 15, where they fell 8-7 in the opener and rallied for a 10-6 win in the nightcap.

In the first win over Gulf Coast, several Diamond Warriors collected multiple hits to lead the offense.

John Morgan Berry of Madison Central belted two doubles and a single, and Dylan Little of Mary G. Montgomery (Ala.) High School and Ryan Ward of Madison Ridgeland Academy, each had a double and two singles. Berry and Ward were also credited with two RBIs each.

Other sluggers were Chance Whitten of South Panola, double and single; Jake Bush of Brookwood (Ala.) High School, double and RBI; Cody Daigle of Parkview Baptist (La.) High School and Cojuante McMillian of Hamilton, single and RBI; and Hunter Thrower of Southeast Lauderdale and Lane Fazende of Pearl River Central, singles each.

Ward was also the winning pitcher. The right-hander went 2 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run on two hits. He also fanned three batters.

In the second contest, Berry drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning for a 3-2 lead and EC held on for the victory.

Ward led the offense with a double and single. Little and Daigle had singles each.

Thrower and Whitten were credited with an RBI each.

Ty Hendrix picked up the win, as the right-hander from East Webster High School allowed one earned run on six innings through 6 2/3 innings. He fanned eight batters and walked four.

In the first matchup with Co-Lin, EC jumped out to a 2-0 lead but the home standing Wolves rallied for the victory.

Bush had two singles, knocked in a run and scored twice to pace the Diamond Warrior offense.

Other hitters were Whitten and Ward, two singles each; Ben Cooley of South Jones, triple and RBI; Little, single and two RBIs; and Daigle and Caleb Woods of Leake Central, single and RBI each.

Bush took the loss on the mound. He hurled one-third inning and allowed one earned run on three hits. He also walked a batter.

In the nightcap, Whitten led the offense with a double and two singles. He also knocked in a run.

Other sluggers were Daigle, two singles and two RBIs; Berry, two singles and RBI; Little, single and two RBIs; and Fazende, single and RBI.

Nick Wilson picked up the win. The southpaw from Terry went two innings and allowed one earned run on one hit. He also fanned three batters and walked one.

EC (9-11, 3-1) was set to entertain top-ranked Jones County Junior College (21-1, 2-0) on Tuesday.