ECCC, Pearl River Split Doubleheader

ECCC, Pearl River Split Doubleheader After rallying for a 10-7 decision in the opener, East Central Community College’s baseball squad was unable to maintain an early 5-0 lead and fell 15-6 in the nightcap of a doubleheader with Pearl River Community College Wednesday, April 23 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.
 
The Diamond Warriors will take a 25-18 overall record and a 12-10 mark in the MACJC South Division to the regular season finale at Copiah-Lincoln Community College scheduled Saturday, April 28. Doubleheader action begins at 2 p.m. on the Wesson campus.
 
East Central is currently third in the tight division race, led by Jones County at 14-7.  Hinds is 13-8 followed by Gulf Coast (13-11), Pearl River (10-12), Southwest (9-13) and Co-Lin (6-16). The top four teams in the MACJC South and North divisions qualify for the state playoffs.
 
In the opener with Pearl River, EC grabbed an early 3-0 lead then fell behind 6-3 in the fourth inning before responding with three runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the contest.
 
The Wildcats reclaimed the lead at 7-6 in the fifth inning but the Warriors reclaimed the lead for good in the sixth inning thanks to a solo blast by David McAdory of Louisville, a two-run single from Fred Hampton of Nanih Waiya and an RBI single by Tim Anderson of Hillcrest (Ala.) High School.
 
Anderson also contributed a double and led the team with three RBIs. Hampton also hit a single.
 
Terrence Steele of Neshoba Central led EC sluggers with three singles. He was also credited with two RBIs.
 
Other hitters were Xavier Franklin of Newton County, two singles; and Kyle Henson of Starkville Academy and Kalik May of Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) High School, singles each. Henson also knocked in a run.
 
Right-hander Fernando Gonzalez of Puerto Rico went the distance in picking up the win. He allowed one earned run on six hits and fanned eight batters. He also walked four batters.
 
In the nightcap, EC jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, thanks to two-run doubles by Hampton and Rubert Alcantara of the Dominican Republic and an RBI double by Franklin.
 
The Wildcats responded with four runs in the second inning and used a seven-run seventh inning to seal the victory.
 
Alcantara led EC’s offense with two doubles and two singles and finished with a pair of RBIs. Hampton added a single to his double and also finished with two RBIs as did Franklin.
 
Other hitters were Henson, May and McAdory, singles each.
 
Right-hander Jordan Mixon of East Webster took the loss in relief, allowing two earned runs on four hits through two innings. He also fanned a batter. Starter Severina Signa of Deer Creek went 3 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs on six hits. The right-hander fanned three batters and walked four. Right-handers Brock Ward of Louisville and Marc Cruso of Harrison Central  and southpaw Coy Sorenson of Kosciusko made brief appearances on the mound.
 
EC’s baseball program is lead by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.