Tuesday, March 29, 2016

ECCC, Itawamba Split Softball Doubleheader


East Central Community College scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to overcome a three-run deficit and pick up a 5-4 game two win over the Itawamba Community College Indians Friday, March 25.

The win allowed the No. 3 ranked Lady Diamond Warriors to pick up a split in the doubleheader with No. 8 Itawamba in games played at the Softball Park in Decatur.

Itawamba scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to pick up the game one win 8-6. The Indians' victory stopped East Central's nine-game winning streak.

East Central is now 28-5 overall and 12-4 in MACJC league play. Itawamba is 26-5 and 11-3.
In the opener, Itawamba took a 4-3 lead into the top of the seventh inning before scoring four runs and building an 8-3 advantage. East Central responded with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull within the final 8-6 score.

The Lady Diamond Warriors were led offensively by Brittney McCray out of Sumrall High School, who had a home run, a double and three RBI. Katlyn Duke out of Neshoba Central High School had three doubles and two RBI.

Lacey Hill, a product of Kilbourne (La.) High School, took the loss in the circle for East Central.

In game two, East Central trailed 3-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. In the fifth, the Lady Diamond Warriors took advantage of a single by Duke, two errors, two walks, and two hit batters to take a 4-3 lead. East Central added a run in the sixth on a triple by Caitlyn Aldous out of Petal High School. Itawamba added a run in the top of the seventh to make the final score 5-4.

Aldous and Duke led East Central with two hits each.

Sophomore pitcher Chloe Thaggard, a product of Leake Academy, picked up the win.

East Central travels to Meridian March 30 to face Meridian Community College in games that begin at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Lady Diamond Warriors return home Saturday, April 2, for a doubleheader against Northeast Mississippi Community College at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.