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 April 22, 2013

BOONEVILLE, Miss. –  Northeast Mississippi Community College’s baseball team secured a spot in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Baseball Playoffs with a win over Itawamba Community College on Saturday, April 20.

Northeast (25-14, 16-6 in North Division) took the nightcap against the Indians 7-0 after falling earlier in the day 4-1 to Itawamba.

With the win, Northeast is assured of a spot in the upcoming Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Baseball Playoffs while seeding is still to be determined.

Kent Farris’ Tigers hold a game lead over second-place Northwest Mississippi and Northeast captured the four-game regular season series from the Rangers.

Mississippi Delta sits two games back of the Tigers – in third place – and has Itawamba and Northeast left on its league docket.

Itawamba improved to 10-10 in division play with the split against Northeast and holds a one-game lead over East Mississippi for the fourth place spot in the division.

Northeast will sit and wait on Mississippi Delta to visit Harold T. White Field in Booneville on Saturday, April 27 for Sophomore Day to wrap up its division schedule.

Northwest hosts East Mississippi on Tuesday, April 23 while Itawamba travels to Moorhead to take on Mississippi Delta on Tuesday.

In the nightcap against the Indians, Northeast secured its playoff berth behind the arm of Baldwyn graduate and Mississippi State University transfer Tanner Gaines.

Gaines held Itawamba to just three hits while going the distance for the Tigers.

However, Itawamba would threaten twice in the contest.

Gaines registered a strikeout to end the fourth after the Indians loaded the bases and Falkner’s Will Robertson came away with an over-the-shoulder catch in right field in the fifth to quell another Indian rally.

After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first, Northeast added six runs over its final three at bats to secure the win.

Lafayette County’s Luke Stanley and Kossuth’s Heath Wood both came away with one-out hits to plate a run in the fifth and Stanley turned the trick again in the sixth with a two-run single that gave the Tigers a 5-0 advantage.

Robertson, who entered the game third in the nation in RBIs, added to his season total with an RBI double in the seventh to seal the game for the Tigers.

In the opener, Northeast jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second after Chris Aichinger’s single scored Justin Neal who had doubled earlier in the frame.

However, the Northeast offense went cold against Itawamba starter Ben Hudspeth and only collected one hit in the final five innings of the contest as Itawamba rallied with a run in the fifth to knot the game at 1-all and three in the sixth to take a 4-1 advantage.

While other North Division squads battle it out for position in the league, Northeast will step out of division play to travel to Wesson on Tuesday, April 23. Northeast takes on Baton Rouge (La.) Community College at 2:45 p.m. before tackling host Copiah-Lincoln Community College at 5 p.m.

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