ECCC Diamond Warriors swept by Co-Lin; prepare for state playoffs

East Central Community College’s baseball squad concluded regular season competition by dropping a twin bill to Copiah-Lincoln Community Saturday, April 28 on the Wesson campus. The playoff-bound Diamond Warriors were victims of a no-hitter in an 8-0 loss in the opener and were unable to hold a 3-0 lead in the nightcap and fell 6-3. East Central takes a 25-21 overall mark into a best of three series with Itawamba Community College scheduled May 4-5 on the Fulton campus. The first game is set for 6 p.m. Friday and the second contest will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. A third game – if necessary – will follow the 2 p.m. matchup. The Diamond Warriors finished fourth in the MACJC South Division with a 12-12 mark. ICC’s Indians won the MACJC North Division with a 19-5 record. The Indians are 35-9 overall. The ECCC/Itawamba winner advances to the MACJC State Tournament scheduled May 10-12 and hosted by the highest-seeded North Division squad. In the first game with Co-Lin, starter Blake Dubuisson took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits through 1 2/3 innings. The right- hander from Long Beach fanned a batter and walked two. He was relieved by right-hander Evan Humphries of Louisville, who went 2 2/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits. He fanned one batter and walked two. Marc Cruso, a right-hander from Harrison Central, relieved Humphries in the fifth inning and allowed two runs on two hits. He also walked two batters. Right-hander Brock Ward of Louisville finished the game, allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings. He also walked a batter. In the second game, EC jumped out to a 3-0, first-inning lead following a two-run homer by Tim Anderson of Hillcrest (Ala.) High School and an RBI-double by Rubert Alcantara of the Dominican Republic. Anderson and Alcantara were also credited with singles each to lead the EC offense. Other hitters were Kyle Henson of Starkville Academy, Ricardo Velez of Puerto Rico and Xavier Franklin, a product of Newton County High School. Co-Lin tied the contest in the fourth inning and grabbed a 4-3 advantage following a solo shot by Jonathan Santana, who belted a grand slam in the first game. The Wolves added two more runs in the sixth inning and held on for the win. Co-Lin finished the season at 23-21-1 overall and 8-16 in league play. ECCC’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.