Tuesday, March 19, 2013

ECCC Diamond Warriors Split Division Doubleheaders

News Release: East Central Community College’s baseball squad began MACJC South Division competition by splitting doubleheaders with visiting Pearl River Community College on March 12 and home standing Jones County Junior College on March 16.
The Diamond Warriors fell 10-0 in the opener with Pearl River but rallied for a 10-1 decision in the nightcap.

EC managed just one hit in the first contest – a single by Chase Domino, a product of Fairhope (Ala.) High School. Southpaw Caleb McKee took the loss, as the Neshoba Central High School product allowed five earned runs on six hits through four innings. He also fanned six batters and walked four. Right-hander Jordan Mixon of Maben hurled the final two innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits. He also fanned two batters. Mixon is a product of East Webster High School.

In the second contest, EC’s offense came alive with six runs in the first three innings and cruised to the easy victory. A two-run single by Domino and a three-run homer by Kalik May of Tuscaloosa County during first-inning action helped set the tone for the scoring onslaught. Domino and Ryan Shotts of Louisville had three hits each to lead EC sluggers. Domino collected three singles and two RBIs while Shotts belted two doubles and a single and was also credited with two RBIs.

Other hitters were Tim Anderson of Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa and Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise, double and single each; Xzavier Franklin of Newton County, double; Jake Bush of Brookwood (Ala.) High School, RBI double; and Terrance Steele of Neshoba Central and Deion Ulmer of Laurel, singles each. Runs were scored by Shotts (2), Anderson (2), Harmon (2), Bush, Domino, Steele and May. Right-hander Blake Dubuisson picked up the win, allowing one earned run on seven hits in the seven-inning contest. He also fanned four batters and walked one. Dubuisson is a product of Long Beach High School.

In the first game with Jones County, EC was edged 3-2 but responded with a 9-0 shutout to earn a split.
Rubert Alcantara led EC’s offense with a double and single. The Dominican Republic native also scored two runs. Domino also contributed a double and knocked in a run. Other hitters were May, Anderson, Mixon and Steele, singles each. Right-hander Severino Signa of Stoneville took the loss, allowing two earned runs on five hits. He also fanned three batters and walked two. Signa is a product of Deer Creek High School.
EC’s offense got untracked in the nightcap as seven runs crossed the plate in the first three innings. Anderson led Diamond Warrior sluggers with three singles and two RBIs. Domino and Franklin contributed two singles each. Domino also knocked in a run. Other hitters were Shotts, double; Alcantara, single and two RBIs; Kalik May and Ulmer, singles each. Bush was credited with two RBIs.
Runs were scored by Anderson (2), Franklin (2), Shotts, Kalik May, Harmon, Steele and Zach May. Right-hander Fernando Gonzalez picked up the win. The Puerto Rico native allowed just one hit during five innings of work. He fanned a batter and walked one.

Mitchell Wooten, a right-hander from Edinburg, hurled two scoreless innings to earn the save.
Prior to beginning league action, the Diamond Warriors were blanked 10-0 by Northeast Mississippi Community College Saturday, March 9 on the Booneville campus. EC managed two hits – a double by Domino and a single by Kalik May. Starter Mason Woodrow took the loss. The right-hander allowed three earned runs on five hits through three innings. He also fanned two batters. Woodrow is a product of Taylorsville High School.

The Diamond Warriors, now 9-12 overall and 2-2 in league play, host Southwest Mississippi Community College Wednesday, March 20. Doubleheader action begins at 3 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.

EC travels to Itawamba Community College Saturday, March 23. The twin bill starts at 2 p.m. on the Fulton campus.

The Diamond Warriors are led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.