ECCC Diamond Warriors take doubleheader from Gulf Coast

From press reports

East Central Community College’s baseball squad improved to 16-10 overall and 4-2 in the MACJC South Division following a doubleheader sweep of MS Gulf Coast Community College Sunday at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur. The Diamond Warriors posted a 7-1 victory in the opener and cruised 6-1 in the nightcap to take the key division battles. Ricardo Velez doubled and singled and knocked in two runs and Carlos Leal blasted two singles and had three RBIs to lead EC’s offense in the opener. Both are from Puerto Rico. Other hitters were Kalik May of Tuscaloosa (Ala) County High School and Tim Anderson of Hillcrest (Ala.) High School, singles each. Runs were scored by Velez (2), Anderson (2), May, Leal and Fred Hampton of Nanih Waiya. Right-hander Fernando Gonzalez was the winning pitcher, allowing one earned run on four hits through five innings. He fanned three batters and walked five. Gonzalez is from Puerto Rico. Right-hander Brock Ward of Louisville hurled two scoreless innings in relief and allowed one hit. In the second contest, David McAdory of Louisville doubled and knocked in a run to lead the offense. Other hitters were Anderson, Leal and Kyle Henson of Starkville Academy, singles each. Henson was also credited with two RBIs. Anderson and Leal knocked in a run each. Runs were scored by Hampton (2), Anderson, Velez, Leal and Rubert Alcantara of the Dominican Republic. Right-hander Blake Dubuisson went the distance in the seven-inning matchup to record the victory. He allowed one earned run on eight hits. He also fanned a batter and walked two. Dubuisson is a product of Long Beach High School. EC hosts division foe Jones County Junior College Wednesday, March 28, in doubleheader action getting under way at 3 p.m. at the Clark/ Gay Baseball Complex. Two seven-inning matchups are scheduled. The Diamond Warriors travel to Pearl River Community College Saturday, March 31. The first of two seven-inning battles begins at 1 p.m. on the Poplarville campus. ECCC’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.