Several East Central Community College Diamond Warriors were selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23 Baseball Team and the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-State Baseball Team after the 2016 season.
East Central compiled a record of 38-17, and was the MACJC State Champion and NJCAA Region 23 runner up.
Sophomores Channing Wall of Louisville High School and Matt Mitchell of Lake High School were named to the 2016 MACJC All-State Team, along with freshmen Brandon Clark of Neshoba Central High School and Cole Prestegard of Huntsville (Ala.) High School.
A right-handed pitcher, Wall led the team with 65 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.53. He recorded 13 saves on the year, with a 7-5 win/loss record in 59 innings. Wall was also selected to the 2016 NJCAA All-Region 23 team.
Prestegard, a first baseman, also was selected for both the All-Region and All-State teams. He led East Central in batting average, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI for the 2016 season. Prestegard had 66 hits, including 14 doubles and nine home runs, and 45 RBI while batting .375.
Clark, a third baseman and designated hitter, hit .345 with eight doubles, two triples, two homers and 30 RBI.
Mitchell, a left fielder, drove in 31 runs on 58 hits, including 11 doubles, five triples and three homers. He hit .384 on the season.
ECCC also had five players selected to the All-State Second Team.
Sophomore right-hander Peyton Cain of Newton County High School started 13 games on the mound and compiled a 10-1 record, including two complete games. He struck out 42 batters.
Sophomore second baseman Dylan Snypes of Wayne County High School hit .290 and was tied for second on the team in hits, including 13 doubles and five homers. He had 38 RBI.
Freshman center fielder Nathan Roseberry of Purvis High School hit .384, with two doubles, three home runs, and 26 RBI.
Freshman shortstop Billy Cameron of Mendenhall High School batted .353, with six doubles, two triples, two homers, and 33 RBI.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Luke Yancey of East Rankin Academy was 6-3 on the mound in 13 appearances and struck out 52 batters.
The Diamond Warriors are under the direction of Head Coach Neal Holliman and assistant coaches Jake Rowell and Tyler Buckley.
The No. 10 East Central Community College baseball team rallied from a six-run deficit, but in the end fell one run short of the No. 3 Jones County Junior College Bobcats in the championship game of the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Baseball Tournament Sunday, May 22, at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.
With the 6-5 win Sunday, Jones County moves on to represent Region 23 in the NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series in Enid, Okla., May 28-June 4. The tournament features eight teams from around the nation.
It was the seventh time the two teams had met during the 2016 season and the fourth time the game was decided by a single run. On the season, Jones County won four and the Diamond Warriors won three.
In the second championship game of the tournament, Jones County jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the first inning and stretched the lead to 6-0 in the top of the sixth.
But East Central got back in the game in the bottom of the sixth. An RBI single off the bat of Will Kennedy of Union High School, a passed ball, and a three-run double off the bat of Michael Davis of Clinton High School cut the score to 6-5.
East Central had the tying run on base and the winning run at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Jones County ended the threat with a strike out.
Sophomore right-hander Channing Wall out of Louisville High School held Jones County hitless over the final three innings to give the Diamond Warriors a shot at the win.
East Central’s season ended with an overall record of 38-17, which included a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State Championship. Jones County is 49-8 as they advance to World Series play.
East Central and Jones County played in a championship game Saturday, May 21, with the Bobcats needing to defeat the Diamond Warriors twice. Jones County won that game 12-2 to ensure that the two teams would play again on Sunday.
East Central put up one run in the top of the first on a RBI single by Cole Prestegard of Huntsville (Ala.) High School, but the Bobcats quickly matched the Diamond Warriors run with a run of their own in the bottom of the first.
The ballgame remained tied 1-1 until Jones County scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to run away with the game. The Bobcats scored their 12 runs on just nine hits. East Central had seven hits in the contest by seven different Warrior batters.
Freshman Braden Peterson was a bright spot on the mound for East Central. The right-hander out of Fort Myers, Fla., held Jones County hitless over two innings of relief work.
In Friday’s tournament action, the Diamond Warriors got their third straight walk-off win over Jones County to advance to the first championship game.
A single off the bat of Dylan Snypes of Wayne County High School in the bottom of the ninth brought in Davis from third to give the Diamond Warriors an 11-10 win.
Snypes racked up two RBI on three hits for Diamond Warriors. Davis also had two RBI on two hits for East Central. He singled in the seventh inning and then led off the crucial ninth inning with a double.
In the game, Jones County jumped out to a 9-1 lead after five and one-half innings of play. But East Central responded with a big five-run bottom of the sixth to close the score to 9-6. RBI singles by Snypes and Kennedy were keys in the inning.
The Diamond Warriors tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with three more runs, thanks to a one-run single from Davis and a two-run single off the bat of Kennedy.
Each team managed one run in the eighth inning to keep the score tied, at 10-10, before the dramatic ninth inning win by East Central.
Wall got the win in relief for East Central throwing three and two-third innings in relief, allowing only one run on three hits and striking out three batters.
East Central opened tournament play Thursday, May 19, with a 3-2 win over Northwest Mississippi Community College. Right-hander Peyton Cain out of Newton County High School pitched a complete game for the Warriors, giving up just six hits over nine innings.
Recipients of various academic awards and transfer scholarships were recognized during the annual Awards Day program held April 28, 2016, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus.
Receive ECCC Special Awards
These students were special award recipients during the annual East Central Community College Awards Day ceremonies. Pictured are (front row, from left) Ben Pace of Philadelphia, Citizenship Award and Dr. Margaret Mosal Memorial Scholarship for Leadership; Kaitlyn Ware of Lake, Ann Burkes Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship; Aaron Scoggin of Lawrence, Alford J. Deaton Physics Award; Erica Myers of Philadelphia and John Thames of Decatur, co-recipients of the East Central Environmental Club Award; and Louise Berryhill of Union, Richard Fisher Organic Chemistry Award; and (back row, from left) Kellen Clark of Chunky and Brittany Rasco of Pascagoula, co-recipients of the Roy Pete Award for Soccer; Sarah Laird of Meridian, ECCC Concert Choir Award; Kirk Griffin of Union, EC Encore Award; Chris Kelley of Newton, ECCC Gospel Choir Award; and Blake Fortenberry of Forest, Freshman Mathematics Award. Not pictured Anna Claire Housley of Morton, EC Astronomy Club Award; Randy Phillips of Jackson, Anthony Coleman Men’s Basketball Award; and Charlie Wilcher of Carthage, S. Lebrun Hutchison Engineering Scholarship.
ECCC Special Award Recipients
Also receiving special awards during the annual East Central Community College Awards Day were (front row, from left) Megan Parrish of Pascagoula, Sophomore Mathematics Award; Bruce Hedrick of Newton, Secondary Education Award; Emily Beckham of Philadelphia, Myrtle R. Hutchison Elementary Education Award; and Ben Pace of Philadelphia, Phi Beta Lambda Hall of Fame; and (back row, from left) Caleb Brown and CrisAnn Bryan, both of Philadelphia, Phi Beta Lambda Hall of Fame; Madelon Taylor of Louisville, Phi Beta Lambda Hall of Fame and co-recipient of The Tom-Tom Award; Chaney Mills of Hickory, Alyne Simmons Recruitment Grant; and Katie McCool of Louisville, Lucille Wood Scholarship. Not pictured are Memry Thompson of Morton, Mississippi Business Education Association Student Award; Katie Hillman of Philadelphia, Phi Beta Lambda Hall of Fame; and Hannah May of Little Rock, co-recipient of The Tom-Tom Award.
Receive ECCC Alumni Memorial Awards
Students receiving alumni memorial awards included (front row, from left) Michael Whitlock of Philadelphia, Billy Wayne Baucum Secondary Education Award; John Creekmore of Noxapater, W.A. Coursey, Jr., Engineering Award; Kellen Clark of Chunky, Danny Ray Killens Engineering Award and Arno Vincent Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics; Scott Main of Decatur, Ruth Carr-Vincent Academic Excellence in Non-Traditional Education Award; and Jacob McNeil of Louin, Alatha Chaney English Award; and (back row, from left) Sarah Laird of Meridian, Sue Yarbrough Fulgham Speech Award; Corey Hilliard of Hattiesburg, William S. Giffin Men’s Intramural Award; Ben Pace of Philadelphia, Jack B. Mayo Phi Theta Kappa Award; and Sam Thompson of Decatur, Dr. Edwin Miller Medical Services Award. Not pictured are Paxton Holmes of Morton, Sara Car Deaton Business Technology Award; Johnta’ Hughes of Hattiesburg, Earline Wood Memorial Women’s Basketball Award; Blaze Gibbs of Brandon, Homer F. Hunter Athletic Managers Award; Jesse Hosket of French Camp, Andrew F. Webb Football Award; and Ravion Henry of Carthage, Howard Sessums Men’s Basketball Award.
Receive ECCC Faculty Memorial Awards
Faculty memorial award recipients included (front row, from left) Katie McCool of Louisville, Aaron R. Davis Memorial Scholarship and Dr. Shelby L. Harris Memorial Scholarship; Carly Dickerson of Louisville, J. Wallace Bedwell Business Award; Lindsey Ayllon of Newton, Frank M. Cross Freshman Chemistry Award; Gage Leifried of Meridian, J. Andy Miller Freshman Engineering Award; and Lauren Copeland of Walnut Grove, O.L. Newell Drafting Award; and (back row, from left) Anastasia Crout of Lake, Robert G. Fick Memorial Scholarship; Lillian Shuler of Carthage, Ruth Hull Memorial Wo-He-Lo Award; Makenzie Byrd of Sebastopol, Leon Eubanks Kaljyc-Peers Leadership Award; and Pashien Kelley-Johnson of Diamondhead, L.B. Simmons History Award. Not pictured are Weiying Wang of Noxapater, Frank Edwin and Nena Holt Leatherwood Biology Science Award; Alisha Savell of Philadelpha, Charles E. Pennington Business Techology Award; Matt Mitchell of Lake, Jamie Clark Memorial Baseball Award; Amanda Creekmore of Newton, Thomas W. Thrash Scholarship; and Khalil Triplett of Philadelphia, General William Patrick Wilson Academic Scholarship.
Receive ECCC Career Awards
Career program award recipients included (from left) Christina McKinnion of Noxapater, Cosmetology Award and Career Student of the Year; and Tristan Willis and Tina Vaughn, both of Philadelphia, co-recipients of the Welding & Cutting "Taylor Cup.” Not pictured is Josh Crutcher of Sebastopol, Residential Carpentry Award.
Receive ECCC Technical Awards
Students receiving technical program awards included (front row, from left) Jordan Prisock of Louisville, Collision Repair Award; Jacob Robinson of Meridian, Automotive Award; Malinda Harris of Newton, co-recipient of the Early Childhood Education Award; Alan Graham of Forest, Electrical Award; and Jay Riser of Forest, Heating and Air Conditioning Award; and (back row, from left) Karen Cleveland of Decatur, Hotel and Restaurant Management Award; Bay White of Sturgis and Samuel Kelly of Union, co-recipients of the Precision Manufacturing and Machining Award; Caleb Terry of Newton, Network Support Award; and Lauren Copeland of Walnut Grove, Technical Student of the Year. Not pictured are Sharon Bout of Newton, co-recipient of the Early Childhood Education Award, and Tamara Boydstun of Louisville, Culinary Arts Award.
Receive ECCC Healthcare Awards
Healthcare program award recipients included (from left) Kelsey Porter of Morton, Associate Degree Nursing Outstanding Achievement Award, and Shantel Body of Newton, Practical Nursing Student of the Year Award. Not pictured is Michael Eichelberger of Conehatta, Paramedic Student of the Year Award.
ECCC Students Receive MSU Transfer Scholarships
These East Central Community College students were the recipients of transfer scholarships to Mississippi State University presented during the annual Awards Day ceremonies. Pictured are (front row, from left) Brittany Rasco of Pascagoula, Shelly Dowell of Lena, Megan Parrish of Pascagoula, Sydney Keith of Philadelphia, Brittney Rawson of Forest and Dekendrick Rushing of Walnut Grove; and (back row, from left) Ben Pace of Philadelphia, Dylan Jones of Louisville, Devin Skinner of Philadelphia, Kellen Clark of Chunky, Brooke Smith of Noxapater, Hannah Mitchell of Lawrence and Charles Roebuck of Newton.
ECCC Students Receive USM Transfer Scholarships
These East Central Community College students were the recipients of transfer scholarships to University of Southern Mississippi presented during the annual Awards Day ceremonies held recently in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Pictured are (from left) Lalah McMullan of Decatur, Anthony Emmons of Lake, and Brooke Payne and Louise Berryhill, both of Union.
ECCC Students Receive MUW Transfer Scholarships
These East Central Community College students were the recipients of transfer scholarships to Mississippi University for Women presented during the annual Awards Day ceremonies held recently in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Pictured are (from left) Anna Claire Webb of Noxapater, Pashien Kelley-Johnson of Diamondhead and Madelon Taylor of Louisville.
Yates Receives Ole Miss Transfer Scholarship
Kaylee Yates of Decatur, a 2016 graduate of East Central Community College, was recently presented a transfer scholarship to the University of Mississippi, which was awarded during the college’s annual Awards Day ceremonies.
The No. 10 East Central Community College baseball team beat No. 18 Northwest Mississippi Community College 3-2 in game two of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Baseball Tournament Thursday, May 19, at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus.
The win moved East Central to a winner’s bracket game against Jones County Junior College scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, May 20. No. 3 ranked Jones beat No. 1 ranked LSU Eunice 8-2 in the first game of the tournament Thursday.
East Central and Jones County have met four times this season, with each team winning two games. ECCC defeated Jones County twice in last weekend’s Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State Tournament, including in the championship game.
Northwest will face LSU Eunice in a loser’s bracket elimination game Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m.
Sophomore Peyton Cain of Newton County High School picked up his 10th win of the season for ECCC against Northwest and threw his first nine-inning game, striking out three, allowing one earned run, and six hits.
The Diamond Warriors outhit the Rangers 12-6 with sophomore Michael Davis of Clinton High School leading the ECCC offense going 3-for-4 at the plate and racking up two RBI.
ECCC picked up single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings on an RBI single off the bat of Cole Prestegard of Huntsville (Ala.) High School and an RBI double and an RBI single off the bat of Davis.
East Central improved to 37-15 overall, while Northwest dropped to 29-20 on the season.
Golfers representing Wheeler Drug Store in Decatur claimed top honors in the championship flight of the 15th annual East Central Community College Warrior Golf Classic held May 12 at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, located on the Pearl River Resort in Choctaw.
Sponsored by the ECCC Alumni Association, the four-person scramble netted $10,132 for student scholarships, according to event coordinator David LeBlanc, director of foundation and alumni relations at ECCC in Decatur.
“Thanks to all the sponsors, teams, and volunteers who made the 15th Annual Warrior Golf Classic an incredible success,” said LeBlanc. “With a record setting number of team sponsors this year, the tournament continues to grow and provide much-needed financial assistance to deserving students at East Central Community College.”
The Wheeler Drug Store team posted a 22-under par 50 in the 18-hole event, held on the Azaleas Course. Team members included Hal Thompson, John Rohrer, Scott Hinnant and Joey Hayes.
Finishing second with a 53 was the Community Bank team, whose members included Tim Leitaker, Matt Gregory, Steve Gibson and Tristan Hernandez.
Tyson Foods placed third with a 55. Team members were Eddie McDill, Eddie Hollifield, Michael Worrell and Chad Hall.
Bank of Forest team members Drew Kenna and Lee McDill, along with individual participants T.C. Cannon and Zack Hammons, took top honors in the first flight with a 58.
The combined teams of Brown Bottling and Educational Furniture & Equipment finished in second, also with a 58. Team members included Rodney Stephens, Tommy Griffin, Ben Webb and Ken Stringer.
Finishing third with a 59 was Prince Oil Team 1, which included team members Michael Graham, John Graham, Ben Peeples and J.B. Ware.
Ross & Betts took top honors in the second flight with a 62. Team members included Shirell Betts, Michael Betts, David Love and John Bodey.
Mississippi Power finished second with a 63. Team members included Mike Easterwood, Kevin Thrash, Melanie Reed and Donna Monsour.
McLain Plumbling finished third and carded a 64. Team members included Phillip McLain, Trent Cumberland, Ralph Marbel and Alan Marbel.
For more information, contact David LeBlanc, 601-635-6327, or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 327. The email address is email@example.com.
Wheeler Drug Store Takes Top Prize
The Wheeler Drug Store team took top honors in the 15th annual East Central Community College Warrior Golf Classic with a 22-under par 50 in the 18-hole event, held on the Azaleas Course. Pictured are team members (from left) Hal Thompson, John Rohrer, Joey Hayes and Scott Hinnant.
First Flight Winners
Bank of Forest team members Drew Kenna (third from left) and Lee McDill (right), along with individual participants T.C. Cannon (second from left) and Zack Hammons (left), took top honors in the first flight with a 58.
Win Second Flight
Ross & Betts took top honors in the second flight with a 62. Team members included (from left) David Love, John Bodey, Michael Betts and Shirell Betts.
On-Course Prize Winners
These participants won various on-course competitions and were presented ECCC golf bags. Winners included (from left) Rusty Thoms accepting on behalf of Gordon McCloskey of the Howard Industries team, straightest drive on hole No. 2; Nathan Davis of the La-Z-Boy team, longest drive on hole No. 18; Joey Hayes of the Wheeler Drug Store team, closest to the pin on hole No. 4; and John Bodey of Ross & Betts, closest to the pin on No. 13.
Golf Package Winner
Will Robbins, who played on the Milton Walker and Associates team, won a door prize, which included a golf package for four at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club.
Wheeler Drug Store team member Scott Hinnant won the La-Z-Boy recliner door prize.
East Central Community College sophomore right-handed pitcher Channing Wall is the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Player of the Week in baseball for the week of May 9-15.
The Louisville High School product picked up two wins in two appearances in the MACJC State Baseball Tournament last weekend. During seven innings on the mound Wall allowed one hit, two runs, walked two, and struck out six batters.
Wall has struck out 60 batters for the 2016 the season.
The No. 10 ranked Diamond Warriors were undefeated last week against Meridian Community College and Jones County Junior College to win the MACJC State Baseball title.
The ECCC MACJC State Baseball Champions are now 36-15 on the season.
The opening day games of the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Baseball Tournament on Thursday, May 19, at East Central Community College have been moved up to Noon and 4 p.m. due to an increased chance of rain Thursday evening.
The tournament is being played at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the ECCC campus in Decatur.
With the change, No. 2 seeded LSU-Eunice and No. 3 seeded Jones County Junior College will play at Noon on Thursday, May 19, and No. 1 East Central and No. 4 Northwest Mississippi Community College will play at 4 p.m.
Depending on the completion time of the first game Thursday and the weather forecast, the second game between ECCC and Northwest could begin earlier than 4 p.m., or one hour after the completion of game one.
Additional rain is forecast for Friday, May 20. However, at this time there are no changes to the Friday schedule. Any decision to alter the Friday schedule will be made early Friday morning, May 20.
Admission to the tournament is $8 per day. Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) passes will be honored.
Follow ECCC during the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament on radio at http://850amwqst.com/ and via Twitter at @ECCCAthletics. ECCC games only can be viewed via live stream by visiting www.eccc.edu.
The updated tournament schedule is below:
NJCAA Region 23 Tournament
East Central Community College
Clark/Gay Baseball Complex
Thursday, May 19
Game 1: No. 2 LSU-Eunice vs. No. 3 Jones County, Noon
Game 2: No. 1 East Central vs. No. 4 Northwest, 4 p.m.
Friday, May 20
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 2 p.m.
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 21
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 2 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 22
Game 7: If necessary, 3 p.m.
East Central Community College softball standout Mahalia Gibson of Hattiesburg was recognized as a 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, in the April 21st edition of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.
A product of Oak Grove High School and a 2016 ECCC graduate, Gibson was earlier named an NJCAA All Region 23 selection. She batted .402 and had 72 hits, including 18 homeruns and 68 RBI.
Following her freshman season, she was selected an NJCAA Division II Softball First Team All-American. She also was named to the NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship All-Tournament Team, NJCAA Region 23 All-Region Team, and Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges First Team All-State.
Each sports scholar must be a non-freshman who competes in an intercollegiate sport, maintains a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20, and is active in his or her campus or in the community. Approximately 1,000 male and female students from across the country were nominated.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education established the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards "to honor undergraduate students of color who best exemplify academic and athletic achievement. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership."
The East Central Community College baseball team will host the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Baseball Tournament this week at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus.
ECCC, who is 36-15 on the season, will be the top seed in the tournament and will face No. 4 seed Northwest Mississippi Community College at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, in Game 2. No. 2 seed and topped ranked LSU-Eunice meets No. 3 seed and second ranked Jones County Junior College in Game 1 at 2 p.m.
The losers of Thursday's games will meet at 2 p.m. Friday, May 20, with the two winners playing at 6 p.m. Friday.
There will be an elimination game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, with the championship game slated for 6 p.m. Saturday. An "if necessary" game would be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.
Admission will be $8 per day. MACJC passes will be honored.
The NJCAA Region 23 Tournament winner will move on to the 2016 NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series in Enid, Okla., May 28 - June 4 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
NJCAA Region 23 Tournament
East Central Community College
Clark/Gay Baseball Complex
Thursday, May 19 games
Game 1, No. 2 LSU-Eunice vs. No. 3 Jones County, Noon
Game 2, No. 1 East Central vs. No. 4 Northwest, 4 p.m.
Friday, May 20 games
Game 3, Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 2 p.m.
Game 4, Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 games
Game 5, Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 2 p.m.
Game 6, Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 game
Game 7, If necessary, 3 p.m.
This schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions. Rain is currently predicted for the week and adjustments on playing dates and times will be made if necessary to assure a timely completion of the tournament.
Follow ECCC Region 23 Tournament action at http://850amwqst.com and @ECCCAthletics on Twitter.
Mendenhall High School product, Billy Cameron’s two-run, bases-loaded, walk off single in the bottom of the ninth gave the No. 14 East Central Community College Diamond Warriors a 13-12 victory over No. 2 Jones County Junior College in the championship game of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Baseball Tournament Saturday night, May 14, at Community Bank Park.
JCJC jumped out to an early two-run lead in the top of the first, but ECCC answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
The game went back in forth until Jones jumped out to a 12-9 lead in the top of the sixth.
The Diamond Warriors rallied to close its deficit to 12-11 going into the ninth.
Will Kennedy of Union High School lead off the ninth and advanced to second on a two-base error.
Cole Prestegard of Huntsville (Ala.) High School struck out for the first out of the inning, but Kennedy was able to advance to third on a pass ball.
Brandon Clark of Neshoba Central High School reached first on a fielder’s choice as the pitcher Dalton Skelton elected to throw home before Kennedy returned safely to third base.
JCJC intentionally walked Matt Mitchell of Lake High School after Clark stole second on the first pitch of the at-bat. This set up Cameron’s walk-off single to right field, which won the game in walk-off fashion after scoring Kennedy and Blake Paben of Madison Central High School, who had replaced Clark as a courtesy runner.
Channing Wall of Louisville High School got the win in relief for the Diamond Warriors. Wall pitched three and one-third innings allowing no runs and striking out four.
Clark, Prestegard, and Cameron each had three RBI in the championship game.
Previously facing Jones in the MACJC State Tournament The East Central Community College baseball team made a comeback after falling behind early to Jones’ Bobcats.
East Central won the ballgame after Nathan Roseberry of Purvis High School scored on a pass ball in the bottom of the ninth, 14-13.
ECCC trailed the entire game until T.J. Lockett of Bibb County (Ala.) High School hit an RBI single to tie the ballgame at 13.
The Diamond Warriors rallied in the fifth inning to close it deficit scoring six runs on one hit, four walks, three hit batsmen, and a balk to bring the score to 9-8.
Matt Mitchell of Lake High School racked up four RBI on three hits for the Diamond Warriors. He blasted a solo-home run in the fourth inning and singled in the second and eighth innings.
Channing Wall, a product of Louisville High School, picked up the win for the Diamond Warriors after striking out two and allowing two runs over three two-third innings.
With the wins, ECCC improves to 36-15 overall, and will host the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament May 19-22 on the Decatur campus. JCJC drops to 45-7 and also qualified for the region tournament, along with Northwest Mississippi Community College and LSU-Eunice.
In first round games at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex, JCJC will face top-ranked LSU-Eunice and ECCC will face Northwest.
An official tournament bracket will be released Monday, May 16.
East Central won the 2013 MACJC State Tournament and finished third in 2014. The Diamond Warriors advanced to the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament both years.
This marks the fourth state baseball championship for East Central Community College and Neal Holliman’s third as head coach of the Diamond Warriors.