March 21, 2017

The No. 12 ranked East Central Community College softball team ended its 10-game spring break schedule by splitting a doubleheader against the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers at the Softball Park in Decatur Sunday, March 19.

The Lady Diamond Warriors lost the first game of the afternoon 6-3, but picked up a 6-2 victory over the Rangers in game two.

With the split, ECCC is now 22-4 overall and 7-3 in MACJC league play.

Northwest took the lead early in game one, scoring in the top of the first on a wild pitch. The Rangers also picked up single runs in the third and fourth and two runs in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.

The Lady Warriors picked up their first run of the game on a double off the bat of freshman third baseman Madalyn McMahon of Neshoba Central in the bottom of the fifth, trailing 5-1.

ECCC started a rally in the sixth scoring two runs on a triple by sophomore second baseman Latesia Davis from Newton County High School, but the Rangers held on for the 6-3 win.

East Central out-hit Northwest 9-8 in the opener.

Freshman Kaitlyn Oswalt, who prepped at Heritage Academy in Columbus, picked up her second loss in the circle to go with 13 wins.

In game two, Northwest jumped out to an early lead again in the top of the first, but the Lady Diamond Warriors put six runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second to lead 6-1.

ECCC’s runs came on a single by Davis, a two-run single by Brittney McCray of Sumrall High School, a two-run single by Mackenzie Johnson of Nanih Waiya High School, and a hit batter.

Northwest scored the only other run of the game in the top of the third inning.

Freshman pitcher Mackenzie Rousseau out of Vanderbilt Catholic in Houma, La., picked up her ninth win of the year in the circle for East Central.

East Central will hit the road to face Hinds Community College in Raymond on March 22 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and then Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead on March 25 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Lady Diamond Warriors return home Tuesday, March 28, to face Copiah-Lincoln Community College at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Softball Park in Decatur.