Wednesday, April 13, 2016

ECCC baseball splits doubleheader against No. 7 Meridian

The East Central Community College Diamond Warriors erupted for six runs in the bottom of the second inning en route to an 8-4 game two win and a baseball doubleheader split against Meridian Community College Tuesday, April 12, at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

Meridian won game one 11-4. East Central is now 25-13 overall and 13-7 in MACJC conference action. The Diamond Warriors entered the most recent NJCAA Division II Baseball Poll April 13 at No. 20. The Meridian Eagles are 27-7 overall and 12-6 in league play.

A three-run triple off the bat of sophomore Will Kennedy out of Union High School keyed East Central’s big second inning in game two. Zach Parker out of Quitman High School added an RBI single in the second. Dylan Snypes, a product of Wayne County High School, also had a triple for the Diamond Warriors that drove in a run in the fourth inning.

Meridian managed three runs in the top of the third and another run in the top of the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to catch East Central.
Luke Yancey out of East Rankin High School picked up the win on the mound with four and one-third innings of work, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out six.

In game one, East Central trailed 6-2 heading into the top of the ninth when Meridian put up five runs to put the game away. The Eagles used two singles, two walks, a hit batter, and an error to score their ninth-inning runs.

Freshman Brandon Clark of Neshoba Central High School picked up three RBI on three hits to lead the Diamond Warriors’ offense in the opener. Taylor Creighton, a product of Quitman High School, took the loss for East Central.

East Central will be back in action Saturday, April 16, against Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville beginning at 2 p.m., before traveling 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