ECCC Softball squad sweeps Gulf Coast

From press reports

East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball squad registered a pair of key wins over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Saturday on the Decatur campus. The Lady Diamond Warriors rallied for a 5-3 victory in the opener and held on for an 8-6 decision in the second contest to improve to 21-8 overall and 5-3 in the MACJC South Division under head coach Scott Hill and assistant Kristin Chaney. Gulf Coast dropped to 15-5 and 6-2. Jones County leads the division at 8-2. The Lady Bulldogs are 22-3 overall. A.J. Peeler belted a three-run homer to lead EC’s offense in the opener. Peeler’s blast came in the third inning when EC trailed 1-0. She is a product of Neshoba Central High School. Other sluggers were Haelie Allen of Leake Academy, three singles; Kaetlen Brown, a product of Edgewood Academy in Deatsvile, Ala., two singles and an RBI; Haylee Roberts of Enterprise, single and RBI; and Marlee Massey of Neshoba Central and Lajoya Griffin of Philadelphia, singles each. Runs were scored by Allen (2), Massey, Peeler and Griffin. Tenna Patterson picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on five hits in the seven-inning battle. She fanned five batters. Patterson is a product of Lexington (Ala.) High School. In the second game, the Lady Diamond Warriors once again overcame an early 1-0 deficit with a six-run fourth inning. Gulf Coast responded with three runs in the fifth to cut EC’s advantage to 6-4. EC put its final two runs on the board in the fifth inning. The Lady Bulldogs responded with two runs in the sixth but could get no closer and EC held on for the victory Roberts led the offense with a double, single and two RBIs. Peeler also doubled and singled.

Other hitters were Brittany Pounders of Southeast Lauderdale, double; and Massey, Griffin, Brown, Allen, Dakota Vowell of Neshoba Central and Kelsi Watson of Smithville, singles each. Massey and Vowell were also credited with two RBIs each, and Brown and Allen knocked in a run each. Runs were scored by Griffin (2), Massey, Peeler, Pounders, Brown, Vowell and Allen. Mary Sanders got the win, allowing four earned runs on six hits through 4 2/3 innings. She also fanned three batters. Sanders is a product of Adams Christian Academy in Natchez. Patterson hurled the final 2 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits. EC hosts Southwest Mississippi Community College Tuesday, March 27 and travels to Copiah-Lincoln Community College Thursday, March 29. Game times are 3 and 5 p.m. for the division battles. The Lady Diamond Warriors travel to Northwest Mississippi Community College Friday, March 30. Game times are 2 and 4 p.m. on the Senatobia campus.