ECCC Diamond Warriors Sweep Northeast

Winning ways continue for East Central Community College’s Diamond Warriors who claimed a pair of victories over Northeast Mississippi Community College Tuesday at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

East Central cruised 11-1 in the opener and held on for a 10-8 decision in the nightcap to improve to 9-7 on the season under head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.

Fred Hampton, Kalik May and Ricardo Velez each had two hits to lead the EC offense, which registered six runs in the third inning, one in the sixth and four in the eighth, when the scheduled nine-inning contest was called due to the 10-run rule.

Hampton, a product of Nanih Waiya High School, was credited with a double and single and led the team with three RBIs. He also scored a run.

Velez, who hails from Puerto Rico, collected two singles as did May, a product of Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) High School. Both also scored two runs and Velez knocked in a run.

Other hitters were Tim Anderson of Hillcrest (Ala.) High School, Rubert Alcantara of the Dominican Republic, David McAdory of Louisville, and Terrance Steele and Dustin Floyd, both of Neshoba Central, singles each. Steele also knocked in a pair of runs and scored once.

Anderson, Alcantara, Floyd, Carlos Leal and Xzavier Franklin of Newton County each had a RBI. Anderson also scored a pair of runs. Leal and Floyd scored a run each.

Starter Casey Wells picked up the win. The right-hander went six innings and allowed one run on two hits. He fanned four batters and walked four. Wells is a product of West Jones High School. Right-hander Evan Humphries of Louisville hurled a scoreless two innings in relief. He fanned a batter and allowed two hits.

In the nightcap, EC held a 10-3 advantage after six innings but the Tigers made a contest of the non-division matchup by rallying for five runs in the top of the seventh but could get no closer.

Leal sparked the offense with his three-run homer and Anderson added a two-run single. Other hitters were Velez, double; and Anderson, May, Alcantara and Steele, singles each. May also knocked in a run and scored twice. Hampton also scored twice. Other runs were scored by Alcantara, Velez, Steele and Jared Seymour of St. Martin High School.

Starter Fernando Gonzalez of Puerto Rico picked up the win. The right-hander went six innings and allowed one earned run on four hits. He fanned five batters and walked three. Southpaw Coy Sorenson and right-handers Marc Cruso of Harrison Central and Jordan Mixon of East Webster also made brief appearances on the mound.

The Diamond Warriors travel to Itawamba Community College Saturday, March 10. Doubleheader action gets under way at 2 p.m. on the Fulton campus.

ECCC hosts Northwest Mississippi Community College Wednesday, March 14. The twin bill begins at 3 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex. The opener is a nine-inning contest and will be followed by a seven-inning matchup.