Monday, February 16, 2015

ECCC Diamond Warriors Split Contests With St. Louis, Northeast

The East Central Community Diamond Warrior baseball team evened their record to 3-3 overall by splitting twin bills with St. Louis Community College and Northeast Mississippi Community College over the weekend.

During contests held Friday, Feb. 13, at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex, the Warriors fell 10-6 to St. Louis in game one before rallying to defeat the visiting Archers 12-2 in the nightcap.

In game one, third baseman Cody Daigle had two doubles and a single to lead the Warrior offense. Daigle is a product of Parkview Baptist School in Addis, La.

Other hitters included Reagan Warren of Newton County and Dylan Snypes of Wayne County, each with a double and a single; Ben Cooley, a product of South Jones, double; and Dylan Little, a product of Mary G. Montgomery High School in Mobile, Ala., Kyle McCulloch of Madison Ridgeland Academy, Michael Davis of Clinton and Chance Whitten of South Panola, each with a single.

RBIs were collected by Davis (3), Cooley, Little and Daigle.

Runs were scored by Daigle (2), Cooley, Little, Warren and Snypes.

Starter Matthew Mitchell of Lake took the loss. The left-hander allowed four earned runs on six hits through 3 1/3 innings. He also fanned four batters and walked two.

In game two, Little was the offensive leader for East Central with three singles and two RBIs. He also scored two runs.

Other hitters were Daigle, a double and a single; Hunter Thrower of Southeast Lauderdale, two singles; and Cooley, McCullouch and Whitten, singles each.

Also tallying RBIs were Daigle (3), Cooley, McCullouch, Todd Hughes of Clarkdale, Whitten, Thrower and Snypes.

Additional Warriors scoring runs were Cooley (2), Whitten (2), Thrower (2), Daigle, Davis, T.J. Lockett of Bibb County High School in Brent, Ala., and Snypes.

Right-handed pitcher Colby Eaves got the win. He allowed two earned runs on three hits through three innings. He struck out three batters and walked three. Eaves is a product of Nanih Waiya High School.

During Saturday’s doubleheader again Northeast in Booneville, East Central rallied for eight runs in the seventh inning to claim a 10-4 win in game two after fall 8-0 in the opener to the host Tigers.

In game one, Thrower went 3-3 with a double and two singles to lead ECCC, but the Warriors could only must four additional hits in the loss.

Additional hitters were McCullouch, a double and a single; and Daigle and Snypes, each with a single.

Will Myers took the loss for the Warriors. The Leake Academy product allowed four earned runs on three hits in two innings. The struck out three batters and walked two.

In game three, Thrower again had three hits, including two doubles, to lead the Warriors.

Other hitters were Lane Fazende of Pearl River Central and Warren, two singles each; and Little, Davis, Jacob Huff of Brandon, McCullouch and Mitchell, each with a single.

Collecting RBIs were Huff (2), Davis (2), Little, Fazende, Warren and Mitchell.

Runs were scored by Whitten (2), Fazende (2) Cooley, Little, Davis, Myers and McCullouch.

Joshua Carpenter, a right-handed pitcher and product of Winona High School, was the winning pitcher. He allowed zero earned runs on three hits in 3 2/3 innings. He fanned five batters.

EC hosts the annual Rush Invitational Tournament Feb. 20-22 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.

The Warriors will take on Jeff Davis Community College in a nine-inning contest beginning at noon Friday, Feb. 20. Jeff Davis and Faulkner State Community College play at 3 p.m. followed by an East Central vs Faulkner State match-up at 5:30 p.m.

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The Diamond Warriors travel to East Mississippi Coast Community College Wednesday, Feb. 25 for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on the Scooba campus.

East Central’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistant Jake Rowell.