February 23, 2017

The No. 8 ranked East Central Community College Diamond Warriors moved to 5-1 on the season overall after beating Bossier Parish Community College of Louisiana 6-2 and falling to No. 17 Hinds Community College 6-5 on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Raymond.

In game one against Hinds, the contest was tied 5-5 with Hinds batting in the bottom of the seventh when freshman right-handed pitcher Kolby Crowley of Winston Academy walked a Hinds batter to score the winning run.

Hinds jumped out to an early lead scoring two in the first inning. The Warriors tied up the game after scoring one in the third on a single by Jacob Edwards of Newton County High School and one in the fourth on a sacrifice fly.

The Diamond Warriors took the lead 3-2 scoring on a Hinds’ error the fifth. Hinds then responded scoring a run of their own in the fifth to tie the game again.

ECCC took the lead again in the top of the sixth scoring two runs on an error and bunt by Johntrell Pickens of Philadelphia High School.

Right-hander Dylan Marsh took the loss for Warriors, pitching one-third of an inning, giving up three runs, two hits, and walking one. Freshman Sam Parker of Natchez Cathedral High School started the game pitching four innings, allowing three runs, four hits, and striking out one.

In the second game, the Diamond Warriors scored two runs in the top of the second inning to take the early lead on a double by Davis Lott of Lewisburg High School and a single by Wyatt Ball of Nanih Waiya High School. East Central added a single run in the third on a fielder’s choice and another in the fourth on a Bossier Parish error.

ECCC added two more runs in the top of the sixth on a single by Ball.

Ball went 2-2 at the plate racking up three RBI in game two.

The East Central Diamond Warriors will host the 2017 Rush Invitational at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25. East Central will take on Tyler Junior College from Texas at 1:30 p.m. and Baton Rouge Community College at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. Wallace State Community College will also be participating in the invitational.