East Central, ranked No. 11 nationally, beat Northeast 10-0 in five innings April 24 in the first game of the best two-out-of-three first-round playoff series. The Lady Diamond Warriors were the No. 2 seed from the MACJC South Division.
The Lady Diamond Warriors are now 38-8 overall. East Central will next be in action May 1-3 at the MACJC State Tournament. The location and pairings will be announced when all of the first-round playoff series are completed this weekend.
Thaggard, a product of Leake Academy, struck out 11 Tiger batters while throwing only 84 pitches. She walked one batter. Thaggard has been both the MACJC Pitcher of the Week and the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Pitcher of the Week this season.
Today’s game was a pitchers’ dual between Thaggard and Northeast’s Alyssa Vanlandingham, who gave up only four hits to East Central batters.
The Lady Diamond Warriors got what would be the winning run in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Caitlyn Aldous of Petal High School. Anna Katherine Nowell of Leake Academy had a full-count, two-out double in the top of the sixth to drive home Aldous for the game’s only other run.
Northeast, which entered the series as the No. 3 seed from the MACJC North Division, finished its season with a 18-17 record.