Thursday, April 13, 2017

No. 8 ECCC Softball Splits Doubleheader at No. 7 Gulf Coast

The No. 8 ranked East Central Community College softball team split a doubleheader against the No. 7 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Lady Bulldogs in Moss Point Tuesday, April 11.The Lady Diamond Warriors lost the first game of the afternoon 9-8, but picked up a 10-5 victory over the Lady Bulldogs in game two.With the split, ECCC is now 34-6 overall and 19-5 in MACJC league play.

East Central was up 8-7 in the seventh inning of game one when Gulf Coast’s Izzy Werrdan hit a walk-off two-run homer for the Lady Bulldog victory.The Lady Warriors took the lead after trailing Gulf Coast 7-2 by pushing across six runs in the top of the sixth.

ECCC scored on an error, a double by sophomore second baseman Latesia Davis from Newton County High School, and three-run homer off the bat of Kayla Beckham from Neshoba Central.

Solo home runs by Cassie Obman of Caledonia High School and Katherine Shell of Brookhaven High School added the Lady Warriors other runs in the top of the fourth. Freshman Kaitlyn Oswalt, who prepped at Heritage Academy in Columbus, picked up her fourth loss in the circle to go with 18 wins.

In game two, East Central jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the top of the first. ECCC’s runs came on a single by Obman and two Gulf Coast errors.The Lady Warriors extended their lead, pushing across a run in the third on a single by Marlee Parkes of Nanih Waiya High School, followed by a homer by Madalyn McMahon of Neshoba Central in the fourth before MGCCC could get on the scoreboard.

Gulf Coast scored one run in the bottom of the fourth on a home run. East Central added five runs in the fifth on a single by McMahon, a two-run double by Brittney McCray of Sumrall High School, a sacrifice fly, and a double by Shelby Walters from Northwest Rankin High School.Freshman pitcher Mackenzie Rousseau out of Vanderbilt Catholic in Houma, La., picked up her 14th win of the year in the circle for East Central.

East Central will continue on the road to face East Mississippi Community College in Scooba on Friday, April 14, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.The Lady Diamond Warriors return home Wednesday, April 19, to face Southwest Mississippi Community College at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Softball Park in Decatur.