April 6, 2017

No. 13 ECCC Softball Sweeps MACJC Foe Meridian

The No. 13 nationally ranked East Central Community College Lady Warrior softball team swept the visiting Meridian Community College Lady Eagles in an MACJC doubleheader Wednesday, April 5, at the Softball Park in Decatur.

East Central won the first game 8-0 and followed that with a 7-4 win in the nightcap.

East Central is now 31-5 on the season and 16-4 in MACJC league play. Meridian fell to 8-12 and 13-16 in league play.

In the opener, freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Oswalt out of Heritage Academy in Columbus threw a one-hit shutout in the five inning run-rule affair. Oswalt is now 17-3 on the season.

Freshman catcher Cassie Obman out of Caledonia High School drove in a run on a single to help East Central take the early lead. ECCC added two in the third on another single by Obman and a Meridian error.

The Lady Warriors biggest inning was the fifth, putting up five runs on a fielder’s choice, a three-run home run off the bat of Kayla Beckham out of Neshoba Central, and a triple by Shelby Walters of Northwest Rankin High School.

Beckham, Obman, and Walters collected two hits each. Beckham had three RBI.

East Central got on the scoreboard in game two with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead in a back-and-forth battle. A triple by sophomore Brittney McCray out of Sumrall High School plated one run and a sacrifice fly by Obman pushed across the other.

Meridian scored four runs in the top of the third to take the lead 4-2, but ECCC responded quickly tying the game up 4-4 in the third on an error and a single by Tagen Remmel from Clinton High School.

The Lady Warriors took the lead they would not surrender when freshman Marlee Parkes of Nanih Waiya tripled in the fifth. Sophomore Latesia Davis of Newton County brought Parkes home with a single to center field. The final run for ECCC was on a sacrifice in the bottom of the sixth.

Freshman Mackenzie Rousseau out of Vanderbilt Catholic in Houma, La., picked up the win in the circle. She pitched seven innings, surrendering four runs and four hits, while striking out three.

The Lady Warriors will travel to Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville Saturday, April 8, for games at 1 and 3 p.m.