May 10, 2017

The No. 8 nationally ranked East Central Community College softball team fell short in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State Tournament after dropping consecutive games to No. 1 ranked Jones County Junior College and No. 6 ranked Itawamba Community College. The double elimination tournament was held on the campus of Jones County in Ellisville.

The Lady Diamond Warriors opened tournament play Friday, May 5, with a 9-0 loss to Jones County. East Central then dropped a 4-2 decision to Itawamba in an elimination game Saturday, May 6.

East Central finished the season 42-8 overall and 23-5 in MACJC league play.

The Lady Warriors finished in fourth place in MACJC regular season play and advanced to the state tournament by sweeping a first round playoff series April 28-29 against Northwest Mississippi Community College.

It was the 14th straight season East Central has advanced to postseason play and the third straight year with 40-plus wins.