February 28, 2018
The East Central Community College Baseball Warriors got the second walk-off hit of the season from freshman Ken Scott for a dramatic 6-5 win in the nightcap and a doubleheader sweep over the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.
East Central scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning of game one and then held on for a 7-6 win.
With the sweep, East Central improved to 7-1. Northeast fell to 3-5. The games do not count in the MACJC conference standings. The teams will meet again April 14 in Booneville.
Scott, who prepped at Clarkdale, laced a double into the gap in right center to score Wyatt Ball of Nanih Waiya from first base and give the Warriors a 6-5 win in the second game.
Scott hit a walk-off single back on Feb. 17 to help East Central defeat Southeastern (Iowa) 3-2.
East Central trailed 5-3 in the game entering the bottom of the sixth inning. Zack Hutchison of Ellisville opened the inning with a double and was eventually brought home on a single from George Farid (Ontario, Canada). Farid scored the tying run on a single from Jay Johnston of Lake.
The Warriors’ other scores in the second game came on an error and a two-run homer from Hunter Harper of Enterprise in the second inning.
Right-hander Dylan Marsh of Lake Cormorant got his third win of the season in relief, throwing one and two thirds innings and allowing no runs and no hits.
In the opening game, Northeast got on the scoreboard first with a two-run homer from Tucker Childers in the top of the first inning. East Central quickly responded scoring six of its runs in the bottom of the frame, thanks in part to a grand slam off the bat of Davis Lott, who prepped at Lewisburg High School.
Scott led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run and Jacob Edwards of Newton County also singled in a run in the inning.
Northeast closed the score to 6-4 in the top of the sixth. The Warriors got an important insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single from Ball, because Northeast’s Childers hit another two-run home run in the top of the ninth to bring the final score to 7-6.
Freshman right-hander Thomas Boothe (Fairhope, Ala., Bayside Academy) got the win throwing five innings and giving up two hits and three runs while striking out four batters.
East Central will stay at home and host Enterprise State Community College (Ala.) on Saturday, March 3, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Warriors will then host Lake Land College (Ill.) on Wednesday, March 7, also at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Most home baseball games can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.