Zach May (8) lays down a perfect bunt during East Central Community College’s first-round battle with Faulkner State Community College in the annual Rush Invitational held Feb. 15-16 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus. May is an outfielder and product of Newton County High School. The Diamond Warriors fell 5-2 in the Saturday afternoon contest.
Starter Mason Woodrow delivers a pitch during East Central Community College’s matchup with Faulkner State Community College in first-round competition of the annual Rush Invitational held Feb. 15-16 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus. Woodrow, a sophomore right-hander from Taylorsville, went 4 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits. He also fanned five batters and walked five. The visitors rallied to post a 5-2 decision.
East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball squad improved to 8-0 on the 2014 campaign following a doubleheader sweep of Marion Military (Ala.) Monday on the Decatur campus.
The Lady Diamond Warriors posted a 9-6 victory in the opener and held on for a 7-5 decision in the nightcap.
Lindsey Beard, Hayley Stephens and Makayla Kelly each doubled and singled to lead EC’s offense in the first contest. Beard and Kelly were also credited with two RBIs each and Stephens knocked in a run.
Beard is a product of Clarkdale High School. Stephens is a former standout at Union High School and Kelly hails from Nederland (Texas) High School.
Other EC hitters were Skyler Simmons, a product of Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala., double and two RBIs; and Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale and Morgan Porter of Enterprise, singles each.
Runs were scored by Turner (2), Beard (2), Stephens (2), Porter, Kelly and Ty Buckley of Neshoba Central.
Kendra Wilson went the distance to record the victory. She allowed four earned runs on 12 hits, fanned 10 batters and walked three in the seven-inning matchup. Wilson is a product of South Lamar (Ala.) High School.
In the second contest, Buckley belted a two-run homer and added a single to lead the offense.
Also recording multiple hits were Turner, triple and single; and Porter and Karoline Holsonback of South Lamar (Ala.) High School, two singles each. Holsonback was also credited with two RBIs. Porter also knocked in a run.
Beard contributed an RBI double and Stephens had a single.
Runs were scored by Porter (2), Buckley (2), Turner, Holsonback and Kelly.
Kelly was also the winning pitcher in the seven-inning battle. She allowed four earned runs on eight hits. She also fanned a batter and walked two.
Next up for the undefeated Lady Diamond Warriors are non-division contests at Holmes Community College Wednesday, Feb. 19. Game times are 3 and 5 p.m. on the Goodman campus.
EC’s softball squad is led by head coach Kristin Chaney, assistant Courtney Nunn and volunteer assistant Kasie Buckley.
Haley Stephens belts a two-run single during East Central Community College’s 16-0 thumping over Mississippi Delta Community College in the first of two easy victories Friday, Feb. 14 on the Decatur campus. Stephens, a sophomore infielder from Union, singled and knocked in a run during EC’s 8-0 victory in the nightcap. The Lady Diamond Warriors improved to 6-0 following the non-division matchups.
Freshman hurler Megan Robinson (10) delivers a pitch during East Central Community College’s 16-0 thrashing of Mississippi Delta Community College during the first of two shut outs Friday, Feb. 14 on the Decatur campus. Robinson hurled two innings in relief and combined talents with starter Kendra Wilson to post a no-hitter. Robinson is a product of Nanih Waiya High School and Wilson hails from South Lamar High School in Millport, Ala. EC completed the doubleheader sweep with an 8-0 decision in the nightcap. The Lady Diamond Warriors improved to 6-0 following the non-division battles.
Sophomore second baseman Lindsey Beard (17) tags out Mississippi Delta Community College’s (9) Emily Cox during East Central Community College’s 16-0 shutout in the first of two easy victories Friday, Feb. 14 on the Decatur campus. Beard also had a productive day at the plate, as the Clarkdale High School product homered and doubled, collected two RBIs and scored twice. The Lady Diamond Warriors cruised 8-0 in the nightcap and improved to 6-0 on the young season.
Kasie Buckley is serving as a volunteer assistant softball coach at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Buckley was a standout member of the 2010 and 2011 ECCC fast-pitch softball squads, led by former head coach Scott Hill and current head mentor Kristin Chaney who served as an assistant coach.
Buckley, an infielder/pitcher, helped lead the 2010 Lady Diamond Warriors to the program’s first Region 23 Tournament title and a fourth-place finish in the NJCAA Division II Softball National Tournament en route to a record 47 wins and just 11 losses.
She was chosen on the 12-member NJCAA All-American squad as a utility player and also received most valuable player honors following the national competition held in Normal, Illinois, during which EC captured three of five matchups in the double-elimination event.
During tournament action, Buckley posted a .636 batting average and belted three home runs, a double and three singles. She was also credited with seven RBIs.
Buckley received All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State honors in recognition of her outstanding season. She completed season action with a .475 batting average, 10 home runs, three triples, 21 doubles and 55 RBIs. She also posted a 16-3 record on the mound and posted a 2.30 earned run average.
Buckley also helped lead the 2011 Lady Diamond Warriors to the program’s first MACJC State Championship. The talented group also finished Region 23 Tournament runners-up and tied for fifth in the NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship en route to a 37-15 record.
Following the championship season, Buckley received All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State honors. She was also selected team captain.
She continued her career at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL where she played two years for the Lady Argos. She received All Gulf South Conference for the Lady Argos during her senior campaign.
A product of Newton County High School, Buckley is the daughter of Steve and Gina Buckley of Little Rock, MS.
East Central Community College was recently selected to serve as a host site for the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, The Way We Worked, which will be on display for several weeks on the Decatur campus.
The exhibit officially opens with a special ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, February 24, 2014, in the Molly McGee Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.
ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart will preside at the Grand Opening and provide remarks about the exhibit, which is designed “to rediscover the strength and spirit of American workers through rare archival images, compelling videos and fascinating interviews.”
Project Coordinator Chris Brady, who serves as ECCC art instructor, said the overall focus of the exhibition and its ancillary programs is “to honor and commemorate the diverse forms of work and its impact on the lives in the community.”
Brady said several presentations and events are planned to supplement the Smithsonian exhibition, which will be on display in the Gordon Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.
The first event features former astronaut Fred Haise, who served as the lunar module pilot during the ill-fated Apollo 13 space mission in 1970 and is portrayed by Bill Paxton in the blockbuster film, Apollo 13. His presentation is scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 25 in the Vickers Fine Arts Center. There is no charge to attend his presentation titled Failure is Not an Option.
The first presentation features Rae Nell Vaughn, Director of Development for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Vaughn will speak on The Social and Economic Impact of the Gaming Industry on the Choctaw Nation, beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 in the Gold Room. Included in her presentation is a photo exhibition that documents the social and cultural changes which have taken place over the past 20 years due to the economic impact of gaming.
Dr. G. Wallace Morgan, Professor Emeritus of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University in Starkville, will speak on The Scope and Significance of the Poultry Industry in Mississippi, during his remarks scheduled Thursday, March 20. Dr. Morgan’s presentation begins at 11 a.m. in the Gold Room and is part of “Workforce Appreciation Day” activities, which includes a chicken lunch. The program concludes at 1 p.m.
The third presenter is retired ECCC English instructor Ovid Vickers. Vickers, a local historian, folklorist, author, poet and longtime newspaper columnist, will discuss “Work in Literature” beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 in the Gold Room.
The Way We Worked exhibit will also be available during Senior Day activities Friday, March 28, 2014, when high school seniors from throughout the EC five-county district will visit the Decatur campus. The annual event is highlighted by the appearance of Tony Dungy, former NFL head football coach and current commentator on NBC’s Football Night in America.
Coach Dungy, who led the Indianapolis Colts to the 2007 Super Bowl Championship, will deliver his inspiring message to high school and ECCC students at Bailey Stadium to conclude Senior Day activities.
He will speak later that day as a fundraising event for the proposed Football Operations Center at Bailey Stadium. The dinner program begins at 7 p.m. at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia. Tickets to “Laying the Foundation - An Evening with Tony Dungy,” are $125 and may be purchased by contacting the ECCC Office of Foundation and Alumni Relations.
The Mississippi Humanities Council serves as a sponsor for The Way We Worked Traveling Smithsonian Exhibition.
For more information, contact Chris Brady (601-635-6229 or email email@example.com) or Dr. Teresa Houston, Vice President for Instruction (601-635-6202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball squad improved to 6-0 on the young season following a doubleheader sweep of Mississippi Delta Community College Friday, Feb. 14 on the Decatur campus.
The Lady Diamond Warriors cruised 16-0 in the opener and posted an 8-0 shutout in the nightcap.
Lindsey Beard had two extra-base hits to lead EC’s offense in the first contest, as the Clarkdale High School product doubled in the second inning and homered in the third. She finished with two RBIs and scored four runs.
Also having multiple hits were Morgan Porter of Enterprise and Karoline Holsonback, a product of South Lamar High School in Kennedy, Ala., double and single each; and Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale, Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville and Ty Buckley of Neshoba Central, two singles each.
Porter led in RBIs with four. Turner and Buckley knocked in two runs each and Hopkins was credited with an RBI.
Other hitters were Hayley Stephens of Union and Christen Benson of Brookhaven, who each contributed a single. Stephens also knocked in two runs.
Amber McBroom of Brandon was credited with an RBI.
Hurlers Kendra Wilson and Megan Robinson were superb on the mound, as they combined efforts to register a no-hitter.
Starter Wilson went three innings and fanned seven batters. She also walked a batter. Wilson is a product of South Lamar High School in Millport, Ala.
Robinson pitched the final two innings. She is a product of Nanih Waiya High School.
In the second contest, it was again all East Central as the Lady Diamond Warriors jumped out to a six-run lead after three innings.
Porter homered and singled to lead the offensive attack.
Also recording multiple hits were Buckley, double and single; and Turner and Hopkins, two singles each. Buckley led in RBIs with three.
McBroom and Stephens each pounded doubles. Stephens was also credited with an RBI.
Other hitters were Holsonback and Benson, who each singled and registered an RBI.
Hurler Makayla Kelly went the distance in the five-inning battle. She fanned three batters while recording the shut out. She is a product of Nederland (Texas) High School.
The Lady Diamond Warriors host Marion Military Monday, Feb. 17. Game times are 1 and 3 p.m. on the Decatur campus.
EC’s softball program is led by head coach Kristin Chaney, assistant Courtney Nunn and volunteer assistant Kasie Buckley.
A 16-7 blowout over Baton Rouge Community College late Saturday night completed competition for East Central Community College’s baseball squad in the annual Rush Invitational held this weekend at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus.
A six-run seventh inning sealed the win for the Diamond Warriors, who improved to 3-1 on the young season under head coach Neal Holliman.
Kyle McCullough and Hunter Thrower led the offensive attack with three hits each.
McCullough belted a double and two singles. He also scored three runs and collected an RBI. McCullough is a product of Madison Ridgeland Academy.
Thrower had three singles and was credited with two RBIs. He also scored twice. Thrower is a former standout at Southeast Lauderdale High School.
Also having multiple hits were Dylan Little and Chance Whitten, who each had two singles. Little also scored three runs. He is a product of Mary G. Montgomery High School in Mobile. Whitten was also credited with two RBIs. He hails from South Panola High School.
Other sluggers were Cody Daigle, a product of Parkview Baptist High School in Addis, La., double and RBI; Jake Bush of Brookwood (Ala.) High School, single and two RBIs; Will Myers of Leake Academy, single; Lane Fazende of Pearl River Central, single and RBI; and Zach May of Newton County, single and three RBIs.
Also scoring runs were Ben Cooley (two) of South Jones, Daigle (two), Myers, May and Todd Hughes of Clarkdale.
Starter Ryan Ward was credited with the win. He hurled one-third inning and allowed one run on one hit. He also walked a batter. Ward is a right-hander from Madison Ridgeland Academy.
Also appearing on the mound were Zach Mowdy of Union, who allowed four runs on two hits and fanned a batter during one-third inning; Ty Hendrix of East Webster, who hurled five scoreless innings and allowed two hits, fanned seven and walked one; Kale Fultz of Covington (Tenn.) High School, who went one inning and allowed one run, fanned one and walked two; Courtney Forbes of Columbia, who hurled one inning and allowed one run; and Conner West of Taylorsville, who pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and walked a batter.
The Diamond Warriors began tournament competition earlier in the day with a 5-2 loss to Faulkner State Community College.
EC had the potential winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded but Thrower grounded out to third to end the game.
The Diamond Warriors managed just four hits in the setback – a double by McCullough and singles from May, Fazende and Caleb Woods of Leake Central.
Starter Mason Woodrow went 4 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits. He fanned five batters and walked a pair. Woodrow is a product of Taylorsville High School.
Bush went 2 2/3 innings and allowed one earned run on five hits. He fanned two batters and walked two.
West hurled the final 1 2/3 innings and fanned a batter.
EC hosts Northwest MS Community College Tuesday, Feb. 18. Doubleheader action begins at 2 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.