East Central Community College's baseball team rallied from 7-0 and 2-0 deficits to post impressive home victories over two different opponents Saturday.

Ryan Ward's walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning provided the Diamond Warriors with an 8-7 victory over Wabash Valley in the first contest, and Dylan Little scored the eventual game-winning run in the sixth inning, as EC held on for a 3-2 decision over Northeast Mississippi Community College in a seven-inning battle late Saturday night.

Ward scored twice in helping EC rally from the 7-0 deficit.

Cody Daigle doubled, singled and collected three RBIs to lead EC's offense in the first contest. He also scored a run.

Hunter Thrower also had a productive outing at the plate, as he contributed a two-run double.

Courtney Forbes picked up the win in relief.

In the win over Northeast Mississippi, Daigle again led the offense with his two-run single in the sixth inning.

Conner West earned the victory in relief. West went 1 2/3 scoreless innings and fanned two batters.

The Diamond Warriors, now 6-8 on the 2014 campaign, travel to Southwest Tennessee Community College Wednesday.


Division action began on a disappointing note for East Central Community College's fast-pitch softball squad, which dropped a twin bill to Jones County Junior College Saturday.

The Lady Diamond Warriors (12-4, 0-2) were outscored 14-5 in the opener and fell 14-7 in the second contest to the No. 15 Lady Bobcats (15-0, 2-0).

Ty Buckley belted a three-run homer and Lindsey Beard blasted a two-run dinger to lead EC's offense in the first game.

Buckley is a product of Neshoba Central High School and Beard hails from Clarkdale High School.

Other EC hitters were Hayley Stephens of Union, double; and Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale and Morgan Porter of Enterprise, singles each. Turner scored twice and Porter tallied once.

Kendra Wilson took the loss in the six-inning matchup.

In the second contest, Buckley and Beard each homered to again lead the offense. Buckley belted a two-run shot in the sixth inning and Beard sent a solo shot over the wall in the second inning. Beard also doubled and singled.

Anna Katherine Nowell also had a productive outing at the plate, as the Leake Academy product belted two singles and collected two RBIs.

Other hitters were Turner, Stephens, Amber McBroom of Brandon and Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville, singles each.

Porter was credited with an RBI.

The Lady Diamond Warriors continue MACJC South Division competition by traveling to Meridian Community College Wednesday .

EC battles division foe Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Friday, March 7, beginning at 2 p.m. on the Decatur campus.


East Central Community College's tennis squads dropped decisions to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in matches held Friday in Wiggins.

The Warriors were edged 5-4 and the Lady Warriors were outscored by a 7-1 margin.

EC winners in men's singles were Juan Miranda of Forest, who defeated Matt Barlow, 7-5, 1-6, 11-9; Javon Yarbrough of Louisville, who clipped DeAngelo Vaxter, 6-1, 6-1; and Ethan Rigdon of Union, who beat Tyler Youngblood, 0-6, 6-2, 10-6.

In other results, Daniel Giles of Union lost to Travous Wilson, 6-4, 6-2; Brandon St. Clair of Newton County fell to Bobby Vo, 6-0, 6-4; and Tanner Moore of Winston Academy dropped a 6-3, 6-1 decision to Josh Johnson.

In men's doubles, Warriors Miranda and Giles teamed to defeat Wilson/Johnson, 8-6. In other results, Yarbrough and Moore fell to Barlow/Vaxter, 8-6; and St. Clair and Rigdon fell to Vo/Youngblood, 8-2.

Alana Turner of Florence was the lone Lady Warrior winner, as she earned a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kit Chowdhary in women's singles.

In other results, Hannah Peoples fell to Christa Owen, 6-0, 6-1; Amber Pierce of Leake Academy lost to Tori Rose, 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 10-6; Nan Hartness of Winston Academy fell to Brittany Buker, 6-2, 6-0; Hannah Smith of Leake Academy lost to Annissia Johnson, 6-1, 6-3; and Lauren Peterson of Forest fell 6-1 6-3 to Aliesha Barlow.

In women's doubles, Turner and Pierce were edged by Owen/Chowdhary, 8-5; Peoples and Hartness were clipped by Rose/Buker, 8-5; and Peterson and Katlyn Patrick of Forest were blanked 8-0 by Johnson/Barlow.