Post-season hopes are still alive for the East Central Community College baseball team despite a doubleheader loss to Southwest Mississippi Community College Wednesday, April 23 in Summit.

The Diamond Warriors were edged 8-7 in the first contest and fell 7-3 in nightcap.

EC is currently tied for fourth place in the MACJC South Division with MS Gulf Coast. Both teams are 9-13 in league play.

Jones County leads the division at 17-5, followed by Hinds at 16-6; and Pearl River at 11-11.

The top four teams qualify for a best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to the MACJC State Baseball Tournament. (Southwest is 9-15 and Co-Lin, 7-15).

In the first game with Southwest, EC scored five runs in the top of the ninth for a 7-6 lead, only to have the Bears score twice in the bottom of the frame to claim the victory.

Chance Whitten led the Diamond Warriors with a triple and three singles. He was credited with three RBIs.

Other hitters were Hunter Thrower of Southeast Lauderdale and Zach May of Newton County, two singles and RBI; and Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise and Dylan Little of Mary G. Montgomery (Ala.) High School, two singles each; and Kyle McCullough of Madison Ridgeland Academy and Jake Bush of Brookwood (Ala.) High School, singles each.

Runs were scored by Harmon, Little, McCullough, Bush, Whitten, Cojuante McMillian of Hamilton and Ryan Ward of Madison Ridgeland Academy.

In the second game, Southwest jumped out to a 5-0 first-inning lead and held on for the win. EC scored two runs in the second inning and one in the seventh.

Little led the offense with two singles and an RBI. Thrower contributed an RBI single, and Harmon and Whitten had singles each.

Runs were scored by Bush, Whitten and Todd Hughes of Clarkdale.

The Diamond Warriors travel to Hinds Community College Saturday, April 26. The division doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. on the Raymond campus.