EC Diamond Warriors blank Northwest 4-0 to capture MACJC State Title
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:00 AM
A one-hit shutout by right-hander Severino Signa and clutch hitting by Tim Anderson and Chase Domino helped lead East Central Community College to a 4-0 victory over Northwest Mississippi Community College and the 2013 MACJC State Championship Sunday, May 12 at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville.
The Diamond Warriors, who improved to 31-16 following their perfect record in the state tourney, are the top seed in the 2013 Region 23 Tournament scheduled May 16-19, also on the Poplarville campus. EC battles Pearl River at 7 p.m. followed by the Northwest/LSU-Eunice matchup at 4 p.m. in first-round action of the double-elimination event.
The Mother's Day victory represents the second state title for head coach Neal Holliman, who led the Diamond Warriors to the 2007 championship in his first year at the helm. When asked which state title is "sweeter," Holliman replied, "the next one!"
Holliman was obviously pleased with his team's effort Sunday, which followed a 7-6, 10-inning victory over host Pearl River Saturday night and a 19-1 thumping of Northeast in first-round competition Thursday, May 9. The double-elimination event was hampered by the cancellation of Friday's matchups due to inclement weather.
Signa, a sophomore right-hander from Stoneville and product of Deer Creek High School, was in complete command of the Northwest offense, which generated 16 runs the night before in a 16-4 blowout of Pearl River in an elimination game.
Signa got all the run support he needed in the third inning following RBI singles from Anderson and Domino, scoring Ryan Shotts of Louisville and Kalik May of Tuscaloosa County.
Domino, a product of Fairhope (Ala.) High School, extended EC's lead to 3-0 with his solo homer in the sixth inning.
EC 7, Pearl River 6
A wild throw to the plate from Pearl River pitcher Ryan Deemes scored pinch runner and Newton County High School product Zach May from third base in the bottom of the tenth inning and provided East Central Community College with a thrilling 7-6 win Saturday, May 11.
The Diamond Warriors sent the scheduled nine-inning battle into extra innings thanks to a three-run seventh inning that knotted the score at 6-6. During the frame, Shotts belted a two-run RBI double scoring John Morgan Berry of Madison Central and Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise. Shotts scored following Anderson's RBI single.
Starter Caleb McKee went 5 2/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on five hits. The southpaw from Neshoba Central fanned five batters and walked three.
EC 19, Northeast 1
Anderson and Domino combined for eight RBIs in leading East Central to a 19-1 blowout of Northeast Mississippi Community College Thursday, May 9 in first-round tournament competition.
Anderson belted a double and three singles and knocked in five runs.
Other EC hitters in the five-inning matchup were Dominican Republic native Rubert Alcantara, double, single and two RBIs; Franklin, Berry and Deion Ulmer of Laurel, two singles each; and Shotts, single. Kalik May and Harmon were credited with an RBI each.