Late inning runs allowed NJCAA Division I Shelton State Community College to sweep the East Central Community College Diamond Warriors in a baseball doubleheader Tuesday, March 8, in Tuscaloosa.
ECCC’s overall record falls to 12-6 on the season.
In game one, the Diamond Warriors took the lead early scoring one run in the top of the second. Shelton State responded in the bottom of the second with a run of their own.
The Diamond Warriors regained the lead in the top of the fourth scoring three runs, but Shelton State scored two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to pull out the 5-4 win.
East Central outhit Shelton State in game one 9-8. Eight different Diamond Warriors had hits in the contest, with freshman Cole Prestegard out of Huntsville (Ala.) High School leading the way with a single, a double, and an RBI.
In the nightcap, the Diamond Warriors fell to the Buccaneers 6-5 as Shelton State got the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, and last, inning.
ECCC trailed 3-0 after three innings before plating three runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game. Shelton State regained the lead with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, before East Central tied it again in the top of the sixth.
Shelton State would push across a single run in the bottom of the seventh for the 6-5 win.
Freshman Nathan Roseberry out of Purvis High School had two RBIs on two hits to lead East Central in game two.
The East Central Diamond Warriors will begin MACJC Conference action Thursday, March 10, against Northwest Mississippi Community College at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur. Doubleheader action begins at noon.