Thursday, February 28, 2013

EC Diamond Warriors Drop Twin Bill at Pensacola

Feb. 28, 2013 News Release: A trip to Pensacola, Fla., did not work out as planned for East Central Community College’s baseball team, which dropped a pair of contests to the home standing Pirates Wednesday, Feb. 27. The Diamond Warriors fell 5-4 in the opener and 6-5 in the nightcap.

Kalik May slapped an RBI double and Deion Ulmer belted two singles and knocked in a run to the lead the EC offense in the first match-up. May is a sophomore infielder/outfielder from Tuscaloosa County and Ulmer, a freshman middle-infielder from Laurel.

Other hitters were Xzavier Franklin of Newton County, Caleb Woods of Leake Central, Chase Domino of Fairhope (Ala.), Ryan Shotts of Louisville and Zach May of Newton County, singles each. Shotts was also credited with an RBI.

Runs were scored by Rubert Alcantara of Saint George High School, Dominican Republic; Terrance Steele of Neshoba Central and Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise.

Fernando Gonzalez took the loss in relief, as the Puerto Rico native allowed three earned runs on four hits through 1 1/3 innings. He also fanned three batters and walked two.

Starter Caleb McKee went six innings and allowed one earned run on five hits. He fanned seven batters and walked one. McKee is a southpaw from Neshoba Central.

In the nightcap, Tim Anderson was the top EC slugger with four singles. He also scored a pair of runs. Anderson is a product of Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa.

Ulmer and Shotts contributed a double each and Alcantara singled. Ulmer also scored twice. McKee was credited with two RBIs and Kyle Henson of Starkville Academy scored a run.

Starter Mitchell Wooten of Edinburg took the loss, allowing five earned runs on three hits through three innings. He also fanned a batter and walked four.

EC, now 5-6 overall, travels to East Mississippi Community College Friday, March 1. Doubleheader action begins at 3 p.m. on the Scooba campus. The match-up was previously scheduled for Saturday, March 1 but was moved up due to expected inclement weather.

The Diamond Warriors host Meridian Community College Wednesday, March 6 in a twin bill starting at 4 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex. The opener is a nine-inning battle and will be followed by a seven-inning contest.

EC’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.