The Diamond Warriors finished up thier 2012-2013 campaign with a trip to Itawamba Community College to face the Indians in a best of three series to gain a birth in the MACJC tournament. The Warriors fell behind early in game one with Freshman, Severino Signa on the mound, but the Warriors fought back in the seventh and eighth innings to make the score 8-7. Fred Hampton and Ricky Velez played a big part in staging the comeback effort with their home runs late in the game. Sophomore pitcher, Brock Ward, kept the game in reach for the Warriors by pitching 5.1 innings of relief work. Despite the effort of the Warriors in the seventh and eighth innings, they fell one run short of host ICC in the opening game. Game two proved to be another close game throughout the first 7 and a half innings. The Warriors scored a run in the top of the first inning to help Fernando Gonzalez start off with a lead going into the bottom of the inning. Itawamba answered with a 4 run bottom of the first to regain control of the game. The Diamond Warriors tied the game at 6 runs each in the seventh inning, hoping to build some momentum and take the lead to win the game. Although EC made a strong push, the Indians started off the bottom of the seventh inning with a solo home run to take away the Warrior's momentum. ICC went on the win game two and move on to the MACJC tournament. The Warriors finished their season with an overall record of 25-23, with a fourth place finish in the south division.
The Diamond Warriors traveled to Wesson, MS to take on Co-Lin CC in the final series of the regular season. The Warriors were hoping for a sweep to give them a chance to go in as the number two seed in the south division. The Warriors were suprised by the dominance of sophomore pitcher ,Copeland, as he pitched a complete game no-hitter in game one of the series. Although the Warriors came out swinging in the second game, scoring three runs in the top of the first, Co-Lin kept them at bay after the first and they scored 6 unanswered runs to complete the sweep over the Warriors. East Central ended the regular season with a record of 25-21 and 12-12 in conference. They will travel to Fulton, MS, Friday to take on nationally ranked #4 Itawamba in a best of three series. Game one will start Friday at 6:00 p.m. and game two and three will be played Saturday starting at 2:00.
The East Central Warriors went into Ellisville trying to get closer to locking in their post season bid. The Warriors came out and took an early lead in game one by scoring 6 unanswered runs in the first 4 innings. Fernando Gonzalez kept the Bobcats quiet throughout the first three innings, but they strung together several hits in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at six. The Warriors rallied the troops to score three more runs in the top of the fifth which proved to be enough to hold off the Bobcats with a final score of 9-6. Marc Cruso came on to pitch 2/3 of an inning in the fourth and pitched the whole fifth inning to get the win for the Warriors. JCJC came out hot early in the first game and continued to stay hot. The Bobcats put up 8 unanswered runs in game two. Logan Riddell kept the Warrior bats at bay and wouldn not give them any time to get a rally going. The Warriors still hold the third spot in the south division with only four games to play. The next game will be Wednesday, April 25, in Decatur, against PRCC. Wednesday will be sophomore night and we would love to see you there.
East Central squared off in a doubleheader Saturday against Hinds Community College. Hinds came in ranked #16 in the njcaa poll with an impressive 26-8 record, and there was only a half game difference in them and EC in the south division. Both games proved to be tuff games for each team and each team came away with one win and one loss on the day. In game one, Fernando Gonzalez dominated the Eagles through the first two innings but didnt make it out of the third inning due to the six runs posted by the Eagles. The Warriors held off Hinds the rest of the game and made a good effort to come back by putting up four runs in the bottom of the sixth. In game two, the Warriors took the early lead by scoring one run in the bottom of the second, but the Eagles answered by posting a five spot in the top of the third and three more in the top of the fourth to make the score 8-1 Hinds. East Central rallied in the bottom of the fourth to put up nine runs with help from Tim Anderson's grand slam. East Central added one run in the fifth with another Anderson home run and an extra run in the sixth to take the 12-8 victory in game two. Evan Humphries got the W in game two to improve his recored to 5-0.
East Central vs Southwest Community College proved to be a tuff south division match-up. The Warriors came into the game trying to maintain possession of 2nd place in the south division. Southwest handled East Central quietly in their first meeting on March 17th. Casey Wells pitched game one of the doubleheader in Wednesday, pitching 5 innings to earn the win in game one. Kalik May went 4-4 at the plate with a double and stolen base to go along. Xzavier Franklin was also a perfect 2-2 in game one. Blake Dubuisson started game two on the mound for the Warriors, pitching three innings and getting the loss. Southwest put up 7 runs in the top of the fourth inning which proved to be enough to hold off the Warrior offense. Carlos Leal went 3-3 in game two with a 2 RBI double that was inches away from being a grand slam. Along with Leal, Kalik May, Ricky Velez, and Tim Anderson also knocked out two hits each in the 9-5 loss to Southwest. The Daimond Warriors improved to 22-14 on the year i
The Warrior's offense exploded in game one of a doubleheader in Senatobia on April 6. The Warriors scored 16 runs in six innings to run rule Northwest Community College 16-6. Kyle Henson and Tim Anderson combined to be on base 9 times and driving in 4 of the 16 runs. East Central put up a total of 12 hits as 8 out of 9 hitters had at least one hit. Every Warrior hitter crossed home plate in the game and 8 out of the 9 hitters had at least one RBI. Jordan Mixon pitched 4 innings only giving up two runs to get the victory in the non-conference battle. The Warriors continued to put the bat on the ball in game two, earning 7 hits, but they could only push across one run in the game. Anderson led the offense again by going 2-3. Burns, for Northwest, held the Warriors to only one run by striking out 8 of the Warriors. Marc Cruso was the losing pitcher for EC, despite his solid pitching performance. Cruso pitched 4 innings giving up only 2 earned runs and striking out four Rangers. East Central will host Southwest CC in a doubleheader Wednesday, April 11, at Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.
East Central swept Co-Lin Community College in a doubleheader on April 3, in Decatur. in game one, Carlos Leal and Ricky Velez led the offense by combining to go 5-7 as they helped the warriors put up 8 runs against Co-Lin. Severino Signa, Evan Humphries, and Fernando Gonzalez all saw action on the mound in game one, but Gonzalez walked away with the victory as he pitched the last 1.2 innings of the game. In game two, the Warriors scored all six of their runs in the first four innings, which proved to be enough to beat the Wolfpack. Blake Dubuisson left the game with a one run lead and Jordan Mixon, Brock Ward, and Casey Wells finished out the game on the mound to complete the sweep. Xzavier Franklin had a big 2 RBI triple in the fourth inning to finish off the Wolfpack.
The East Central Warriors went to Poplarville, Saturday, to take on the Wildcats, trying to gain ground on conference leading Jones County. The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead on the Warriors in Game 1 and never looked back. Pearl River scored in every inning of the first game to win the game 12-2. Fred Hampton, Rubert Alcantara, David McAdory, and Kyle Henson teamed up to earn the only 4 hits for the Warriors, while Fernando Gonzalez got the loss. The Warriors continued to fight with the Wildcats throughout Game 2. PRCC jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over the warriors in the second inning, and the Warriors mananged to tie it up in the top of the 3rd. EC managed to put up 5 runs in the top of the 7th to take a 9-7 lead over the Wildcats, which was their first lead of the day. Hampton, Tim Anderson, Ricky Velez, and David McAdory each had 2 hits in the game to help rack up 11 hits for the Warriors. A crew of Warriors pitched game two, but Casey Wells pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to close out the game and earn the win. The Warriors will finish up their first round of conference play Tuesday, against Co-Lin Community College, in
The Warriors faced off against Jones County Junior College Wednesday in a South Division battle. JCJC entered the day 6-0 in the south division ahead of the second place warriors. JCJC took advantage of a few Warrior errors and got a few key hits to take the first game from the Warriors 10-4. Casey Wells of West Jones high school took the mound for the Warriors in game two. Wells threw a complete game to get the W, with the help of a 2-run homerun by Fred Hampton and 5 other runs by the rest of the Warriors. Wells gave up 6 hits and 4 runs through 7 innings in the Warriors victory. East Central improved to 5
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College came to decatur riding on a 3 game winning streak, trying to increase their streak to five. Warrior pitchers, Fernando Gonzalez, Brock Ward, and Blake Dubuisson held the Bulldogs to only two runs in 14 innings. Gonzalez pitched 5 innings in game 1, giving up only 1 run on 4 hits. Brock Ward came in, throwing 2 shutout innings, to close the door for the Warriors. Ricky Velez and Carlos Leal lead the team on offense by driving in 5 runs on 4 hits. Blake Dubuisson went 7 innings in game two, giving up 8 hits and only 1 run. Double plays by Tim Anderson and Kyle Henson were the Warriors best friend throughout the day. Henson drove in 2 runs on a 2 out single in the 5th th close the door on the Bulldogs. The Warriors (16-10 and 4-2 in South division) will host Jones County Junior College in Decatur, on the 28th.