Monday, February 18, 2013

EC Wins One of Four Contests in Rush Invitational

News Release:

After dropping their two Friday matchups in the annual Rush Invitational, East Central Community College’s baseball squad rallied to win one of two contests in Sunday competition of the three-day event held at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus.

In games played Friday, the Diamond Warriors were defeated 10-3 in the tournament opener by Southeastern Iowa and were outscored 15-2 by Faulkner (Ala.) State in the nightcap.

Maxwell Harmon led EC hitters in the loss to Southeastern, as the Enterprise High School product belted two singles and was credited with two RBIs. Tim Anderson, a former standout at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, also pounded two singles.

Other hitters were Rubert Alcantara of Saint George HS in the Dominican Republic, John Morgan Berry of Madison Central and Ryan Shotts of Louisville, singles each.

Runs were scored by Alcantara, Berry and Harmon.

Starter Caleb McKee took the loss on the mound, as the southpaw from Neshoba Central allowed four earned runs on four hits through 4 1/3 innings. McKee fanned 10 batters and walked two.

In the setback to Faulkner State, Anderson led the EC offense with a solo homer in the fifth inning. Shotts, Harmon, Kalik May of Tuscaloosa County, Jake Bush of Brocton (Ala.) High School and Caleb Woods of Leake Central contributed singles each. Runs were scored by Anderson and Shotts.

Starter Fernado Gonzalez of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico took the loss. The right-hander hurled 5 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs on 11 hits. He fanned six batters.

EC’s offense came alive against Lincoln Land Sunday afternoon, with Anderson again leading the offense. The sophomore shortstop doubled in the third inning and singled in the first, fifth and seventh innings. He also scored three runs and knocked in a run.

Also having productive outings at the plate were Alcantara, double and two singles; Shotts and Chase Domino of Fairhope (Ala.) High School, double and single each; Bush, two singles; and McKee and May, singles each.

Domino led in RBIs with two. Bush, Anderson, Alcantara, May and Jordan Mixon of East Webster knocked in a run each.

EC scored two runs in the first, one in the third and added four runs in the eighth.

Lincoln tallied one run in the fourth inning and three runs in the ninth.

Right-hander Blake Dubuisson went the distance in earning the victory. Dubuisson allowed four runs on seven hits in the nine-inning battle. He also fanned eight batters. Dubuisson is a product of Long Beach High School.

Tournament action concluded Sunday with EC’s rally falling short in a 5-4 loss to Baton Rouge.

Anderson led EC sluggers with a home run, double and single. He was also the top run producer with two RBIs.

Other hitters were Zach May and Xavier Franklin, both of Newton County, doubles each; and Shotts, Domino and Harmon, singles each.

EC trailed 5-1 but narrowed the advantage with two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh and final inning.

Starter Severino Signa took the loss, allowing three earned runs on eight hits through 4 1/3 innings. He also fanned four batters and walked one. Signa is a product of Deer Creek High School.

Hinds Community College also participated in the Rush Invitational.

The Diamond Warriors, now 3-3 on the young season, host Shelton State (Ala.) Community College Wednesday, Feb. 20, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex. The first contest is a nine-inning battle and will be followed by a seven-inning matchup.

Home games are also scheduled Saturday, Feb. 23 with Lawson State (Ala.) Community College at 3 p.m. followed by a matchup with Kaskasia (Ill.) Community College at 6 p.m. Both are nine-inning contests.

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