The Lady Diamond Warriors took game one 8-2 and then was victorious in the nightcap 7-2.
Coming off a 2015 season when they finished second in the nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Softball Championship, the ECCC Lady Diamond Warriors are ranked No. 2 in the first NJCAA rankings of the 2016 season.
Sophomore Lacey Hill got the win in the circle in the first game. The Kilbourne High School (La.) product and Southeastern Louisiana signee went all seven innings and gave up eight hits while striking out three batters.
East Central fell behind early in the opener 1-0, but outscored the visitors from Monroeville, Ala., 7-1 the rest of the way, including a four-run bottom of the sixth. The Lady Diamond Warriors got an RBI triple by Mahalia Gibson, an RBI double by Maegen Ellis, an RBI single from Andi Hannaford, and an RBI triple by Katlyn Duke in that sixth inning.
Duke, a product of Neshoba Central High School, led East Central in game one with three hits. Summer Lavender out of Canton Academy also had three hits. Ellis, a product of Oak Hill Academy in West Point, and Caitlyn Aldous, a product of Petal High School and a University of Southern Mississippi signee, each had two hits.
In the nightcap, East Central plated five runs in the bottom of the second to pull away from Alabama Southern. Gibson, an NJCAA First Team All-American last season and a Southeastern Louisiana signee, had two more hits in the second game to go with two RBI. Ellis, along with freshmen Brittney McCray of Sumrall High School, Elizabeth Frey of Purvis High School, and Courtney Moore of Clinton High School all had two hits in the win.
The Lady Diamond Warriors outhit the visitors on the day 28-13.
Sophomore Chloe Thaggard out of Leake Academy got the win in the circle, giving up five hits and striking out three in seven innings.
East Central returns to action Monday, Feb. 8, at 12:45 p.m. in doubleheader action at Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge, La.
Following a doubleheader at Marion Military in Marion, Ala., on Wednesday, Feb. 10, the Lady Diamond Warriors return home to face rival East Mississippi Community in the annual “pink” Breast Cancer Awareness games Saturday Feb. 13. The doubleheader action from the Softball Park on the ECCC campus in Decatur begins at 1 p.m.