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 April 24, 2013

BOONEVILLE, Miss. –  Northeast Mississippi Community College’s baseball team wrapped up its non-conference schedule on Tuesday, April 23 and added a win to its National Junior Colleges Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XXIII record.

Northeast (26-15) split a pair of games at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson. Northeast dropped an 11-7 decision to Baton Rouge (La.) Community College after the Bears rallied for four runs in the seventh and then paid the favor to host Copiah-Lincoln as the Tigers scored seven runs in the top of the seventh to knock off the Wolves 11-10.

Northeast will wrap up its 2013 regular season on Saturday, April 27 as the Tigers host the Trojans of Mississippi Delta at Harold T. White Field in Booneville. First pitch for the North Division doubleheader and Sophomore Day 2013 is set for 1 p.m.

In the nightcap against the Wolves, Northeast kept it offensive power surge going.

Since beginning the month of April, Northeast has hit 16 homeruns in 15 games after only managing four long balls in the first 26 games of the season.

Tuesday night’s game was no different as the Tigers hit three homeruns against the Wolves including two in the decisive seventh inning.

Trailing 7-4 in the Tigers final at bat, team captain Ethan Estes got the ball rolling for Northeast.

Estes connected on a one-out, two-run single to right that got the Tigers back into the game. Estes’ single scored Justin Neal and Chris Aichinger, who had singled and doubled, respectively to start off the inning.

After back-to-back walks to Easton Hall and Luke Stanley, Kossuth’s Heath Wood gave the visitors the lead back with one swing of the bat as the Alcorn County native connected on a 2-0 pitch for a grand slam.

Wood’s home run tallied Estes, Hall, Stanley and himself and staked the Tigers to a 10-7 advantage.

Lafayette County’s Josh Mills hit what proved to be the game-winner one pitch later as the Northeast sophomore connected on the Tigers fourth homerun of the day.

Copiah-Lincoln made a game out of it in the seventh as the Wolves plated three to close to within one on a two-out double by Cole Page but Kyle Robbins would strike out Gabe Wilson to end the threat.

Earlier in the game, Neal collected his second home run of the game and kickstarted the Tiger offense against the Wolves with a one-out three-run home run that tallied Will Robertson, Mills and himself.

In the opening game against Baton Rouge, Northeast battled back from a 7-2 deficit to tie the game at 7-all before the Bears rallied in the seventh.

After Baton Rouge opened up a 7-2 lead with a five-run third, Northeast waited until the fifth to answer.

Northeast’s answer came in the form of Neal who connected on his first home run of the day to help jumpstart the Tiger offense.

Neal’s two-run home run pulled the Tigers to within 7-4 in the fifth and Northeast would add three more runs in the frame to knot the game at 7-7.

However, Baton Rouge had one last rally and tallied four runs in the seventh to take an 11-7 decision over the Northeast.

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