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EC Diamond Warriors Sweep Co-Lin in Key Division Battle
 April 22, 2013

East Central Community College’s baseball squad posted a pair of victories over Copiah-Lincoln Community College in a key MACJC South Division matchup held Saturday, April 20 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus.

The Diamond Warriors won the opener by a 6-1 margin and cruised 12-2 in the nightcap to improve to 23-18 overall and 14-6 in league play.

EC is second in league play behind Pearl River whose division mark stands at 15-5. The Wildcats are 32-10 overall. Jones County is third (15-7) followed by Gulf Coast (9-11), Hinds (6-14) and Co-Lin (5-17). The top four teams qualify for post-season competition, which gets under way May 3-4.

In the Diamond Warriors’ first win over Co-Lin, Tim Anderson belted a solo home run, John Morgan Berry and Ryan Shotts slapped RBI doubles each, and Terrance Steele doubled to lead the offense.

Anderson is a product of Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa. Berry, who hails from Madison Central High School, also contributed a single. Shotts and Steele are products of Louisville and Neshoba Central high schools, respectively.

Also producing runs were Dominican Republic native Rubert Alcantara, Caleb Woods of Leake Central and Kalik May of Tuscaloosa County, each with an RBI single. Newton County High School product Xavier Franklin also singled.

Runs were scored by Berry (2), Shotts, Kalik May, Anderson, Steele, Zach May and Kyle Henson of Starkville Academy.

Starter Fernando Gonzalez picked up the win. The right-hander from Puerto Rico allowed one earned run on four hits through 5 1/3 innings. He also fanned five batters and walked three. Right-hander Deion Ulmer was credited with the save. He hurled 1 2/3 scoreless innings and fanned a batter. Ulmer is a product of Laurel High School.

In the five-inning second contest, Chase Domino of Fairhope (Ala.) High School was the top run producer with his three-run blast.

Several players recorded multiple hits, including Anderson, triple and single; and Kalik May and Shotts, two singles each. All three also knocked in a run each.

Other hitters were Alcantara, RBI double; and Franklin, Berry and Caleb McKee of Neshoba Central, singles each.

Runs were scored by Shotts (2), Kalik May (2), Anderson (2), Domino, Alcantara, Steele, Franklin, Ulmer and Zach May.

Starter Blake Dubuisson got the win, as the right-hander from Long Beach allowed two earned runs on three hits through four innings. He fanned a batter and walked two. Right-hander Ty Hendrix hurled the final inning in relief. He fanned a batter and walked one. Hendrix is a product of East Webster High School.

EC travels to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Tuesday, April 23. The twin bill gets under way at 3 p.m. on the Perkinston campus.     

The Diamond Warriors complete regular season action by hosting division foe Hinds Community College beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex. Sophomore players will be honored prior to the twin bill.

East Central’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.

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