Tuesday, April 19, 2016

East Central Baseball Sweeps Northeast To Move To Second In MACJC Standings

The No. 20 nationally ranked East Central Community College baseball team moved up to No. 2 in the MACJC conference standings with its sweep over Northeast Mississippi Community College Saturday, April 16, in Booneville. 

East Central won game one 2-1 and game two 4-2 against the Tigers, improving its overall record to 27-13 and 15-7 in the conference. Northeast dropped to 10-10 in the MACJC and 19-19 overall. 

A solo-home run off the bat of Will Kennedy of Union High School began the scoring for the Diamond Warriors allowing ECCC to take the early lead in game one.

An RBI triple in the fourth inning by Billy Cameron of Mendenhall High School put up the other run for East Central.

Northeast attempted a comeback by scoring one run in the eighth on an RBI double by Hunter Bronson, before relief right-handed pitcher Channing Wall of Louisville High School ended the threat.

Wall struck out the final three batters in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.

Freshman right-hander Brock Morris of West Jones High School picked up the win for East Central. He pitched one-hit ball over four innings while striking out three batters.

In the ECCC errorless nightcap victory, Northeast took the early lead scoring once in the first inning, but could not hold on.

The Diamond Warriors responded to the 1-0 deficit with two runs in the third on singles by Nathan Roseberry of Purvis High School and Dylan Snypes of Wayne County High School and a two-run error.

East Central added two more runs in the fifth on a single by Snypes, a double by Kennedy and a sacrifice fly. Snypes went 3-4 at the plate and scored two of the Diamond Warriors’ four runs in game two.

Newton County High School’s Peyton Cain got the win in the nightcap allowing one earned run, four hits and striking out three batters over his six one-third innings.

East Central travels to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Tuesday, April 19, for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. Those games will be played at D’Iberville High School.