East Central Community College’s baseball squad began MACJC South Division action by dropping a doubleheader to Southwest Mississippi Community College Saturday, March 17 in Summit.
The Diamond Warriors were blanked 5-0 in the opener and fell 7-2 in the nightcap.
EC managed just four hits in the first contest – a pair of singles from Kalik May of Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) High School and singles each from Fred Hampton of Nanih Waiya and David McAdory, a product of Louisville High School.
Right-hander Fernando Gonzalez of Puerto Rico took the loss, allowing five earned runs on five hits through 4 1/3 innings. He fanned two batters and walked two. Evan Humphries, a right-hander from Louisville, hurled 1 2/3 innings in relief. He allowed one hit and fanned a batter.
In the second game, EC’s offense was led by Nick Hodges of Vancleave, who pounded two doubles and scored twice. McAdory and Tim Anderson of Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa contributed a single each. Anderson was also credited with two RBIs.
Starter Blake Dubuisson of Long Beach took the loss. Dubuisson hurled three innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits. He also walked a batter. Right-handers Jordan Mixon of East Webster, Brook Ward of Louisville and Marc Cruso of Harrison Central made brief appearances on the mound.
In other games last week, EC sweep a doubleheader from Northwest Mississippi Community College Wednesday, March 14, winning the opener by a 6-5 margin and posting an 8-5 decision in the nightcap.
May collected two singles and an RBI in leading the EC offense in the first victory.
Other hitters were Hampton, Anderson and Terrence Steele of Neshoba Central, singles each.
Cruso was the winning pitcher and Ward was credited with the save. Cruso hurled three scoreless innings of middle relief and allowed four hits. He also fanned four batters and walked one. Ward pitched the final three innings and allowed two hits.
In the second game, McAdory and Hampton led the offense with two hits each. McAdory doubled and singled and collected two RBIs. He also scored two runs. Hampton also scored a run.
Carlos Leal of Puerto Rico contributed a triple, and singles each were registered by Anderson, May and Ricardo Velez of Puerto Rico.
Humphries picked up the win and Coy Sorenson was credited with the save. Humphries hurled two innings in relief and allowed one earned run on two hits. He also walked two batters. Sorenson, a southpaw from Kosciusko, hurled the final 2 1/3 innings and allowed one hit. He also fanned a batter.
East Central began spring break competition by splitting a doubleheader with Itawamba Community College Saturday, March 10 in Itawamba.
The Diamond Warriors rallied for a 5-3 victory in the opener and were outscored 11-1 in the nightcap.
Anderson doubled and singled, and May collected two singles to lead the offense in the first contest.
Other sluggers were Hampton, Steele and Jared Seymour of St. Martin High School, doubles each; and McAdory, Velez and Rubert Alcantara of the Dominican Republic, singles each. Velez and Seymour also led in RBIs with two each.
Humphries picked up the win in relief, allowing one earned run on three hits through 3 2/3 innings. He also walked a batter. Gonzalez was credited with the save. He hurled the final 1 1/3 innings and allowed one hit. He also fanned two batters.
ECCC travels to Hinds Community College Tuesday, March 20. Doubleheader action begins at 3 p.m. on the Raymond campus.
The Diamond Warriors host MS Gulf Coast Community College in a twin bill Saturday, March 24 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex. The first contest gets under way at 1 p.m.
ECCC’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.