Tuesday, April 26, 2016

East Central Softball Sweeps Co-Lin to Advance to MACJC State Tournament

The East Central Community College softball team swept Copiah-Lincoln Community College in an MACJC best-of-three playoff series Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, on the Decatur campus to advance to next weekend’s state tournament.The Lady Diamond Warriors took game one 7-6 on Friday with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning by Caitlyn Aldous of Petal High School. East Central took game two on Saturday 9-4.

In a close game one, Co-Lin jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first on Brittany Barbay’s grand slam to lead 4-0.East Central responded with three runs in the second and fourth to take the lead, 6-4.The Lady Wolves then scored two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the ballgame.

Aldous’ bases loaded walk-off single secured the game one win for East Central in the bottom of the seventh.Sophomore outfielders Aldous and Katlyn Duke of Neshoba Central High School each racked up two RBI. Kilbourne (La.) High School’s Lacey Hill picked up the game one win, striking four while in the circle over seven innings. In game two on Saturday, ECCC played as the visiting team scoring seven runs in the first two innings to take an early lead they would never surrender.

Chloe Thaggard, a product of Leake Academy, picked up the win with three strikeouts over the seven innings.ECCC scored three runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Duke and a two-run triple by Summer Lavender of Canton Academy. East Central added four runs in the top of the second, aided by an RBI single by Maegen Ellis out of Oak Hill Academy in West Point and a two-run double by Duke.

The Lady Diamond Warriors are now 42-7 on the season, while Co-Lin ends its season 29-14.East Central will now play in the four-team MACJC State Tournament April 29-May 1 at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville.

Brackets and times for the State Tournament will be announced at a later date.