Ty Buckley continues her success at the plate as the sophomore slugger helped lead East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball team to a sweep of Hinds Community College Saturday, March 22 on the Decatur campus. Buckley belted two home runs, a single and collected four RBIs in a 10-2 victory in the second game of the twin bill. Buckley is a product of Neshoba Central High School. EC won the opener by a 5-2 margin. The Lady Diamond Warriors improved to 23-7 overall and 8-4 in the MACJC South Division following the sweep.
Ty Buckley continues her success at the plate as the sophomore slugger helped lead East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball team to a sweep of Hinds Community College Saturday, March 22 on the Decatur campus. Buckley belted two home runs, a single and collected four RBIs in a 10-2 victory in the second game of the twin bill. Buckley is a product of Neshoba Central High School. EC won the opener by a 5-2 margin. The Lady Diamond Warriors improved to 23-7 overall and 8-4 in the MACJC South Division following the sweep.
Ty Buckley's grand slam home run in the bottom of the sixth inning provided East Central Community College's fast-pitch softball team with an 8-0 shutout of Pearl River Community College in the first game of a twin bill last Tuesday on the Decatur campus.

The Lady Diamond Warriors were not as fortunate in the second contest as the visiting Lady Wildcats also posted an 8-0 decision to earn a split of the MACJC South Division doubleheader.

Both squads continue to be deadlocked for second place in the division with 9-5 records. East Central is 24-8 overall while Pearl River sports a 15-11 overall mark.

Buckley, a sophomore first baseman from Neshoba Central High School, leads the NJCAA Division II with 16 home runs. She also singled in the third and fourth innings.

Hayley Stephens also had a productive outing at the plate in the opener, as the Union High School product slapped a two-run triple in the fifth inning. She also scored a run.

Anna-Katherine Nowell of Leake Academy also tripled and contributed a single as well. She also scored twice.

Other hitters were Morgan Porter of Enterprise, double, single and RBI; Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale, two singles and RBI; and Lindsey Beard of Clarkdale and Karoline Holsonback of South Lamar (Ala.) High School, singles each. Turner also scored twice. Christen Benson of Brookhaven also scored a run.

Kendra Wilson went the distance to record the victory. She allowed just two hits and fanned two batters. She also walked a pair. Wilson is a product of South Lamar (Ala.) High School.

The second contest belonged to the Lady Wildcats who cruised to the easy victory.

EC managed just one hit - a single by Amber McBroom of Brandon.

Makayla Kelly took the loss, as the Nederland (Texas) High School product allowed eight runs on 10 hits. She fanned a batter and walked one.

ECCC 8, 5

Jones 6, 9

Ty Buckley's three-run homer and Hayley Stephen's solo blast helped lead East Central Community College's fast-pitch softball squad to an 8-6 victory over nationally ranked and previously unbeaten Jones County Junior College in the opener of a twin bill played Sunday on the Ellisville campus.

The Lady Bobcats responded with a 9-5 decision in the second contest to earn a split of the MACJC South Division matchup, which was originally set for Saturday but was rescheduled due to wet grounds.

East Central's record now stands at 24-7 overall and 9-5 in league play, while No. 2 Jones County sports a 27-1 overall mark and continues to lead the division at 13-1.

Buckley now has 17 homers and continues to lead NJCAA Division II. She also has 55 RBIs and is ranked among the top run producers. She had 49 RBIs prior to the Jones County double header and was ranked fifth in the nation.

In addition to her three-run blast, Buckley was credited with another RBI in the opener. She is a product of Neshoba Central High School.

Stephens also contributed a double and single and finished with two RBIs. She is a product of Union High School.

Also having productive outings at the plate were Morgan Porter of Enterprise, two doubles; Lindsey Beard of Clarkdale, double, single and RBI; and Anna-Katherine Nowell of Leake Academy, Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale, and Karoline Holsonback of South Lamar (Ala.) High School, two singles each.

Nowell and Turner also scored two runs each. Nikki Triplett of Forest and Christen Benson of Brookhaven scored a run a piece.

Kendra Wilson went the distance to record the victory. She allowed six earned runs on 10 hits in the seven-inning battle. She also fanned three batters and walked five.

The Lady Diamond Warriors out-hit home standing Jones County by an 11-10 margin in the second game but were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities.

Buckley again was the top run producer, as she slapped two singles and knocked in two runs. She also scored a run.

Turner led in hits with three singles and scored twice.

Other sluggers were Stephens, two singles and RBI; Beard and Porter, RBI singles each; and Nowell and Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville, singles each. Nowell also scored twice.

Makayla Kelly took the loss. She went six innings and allowed four earned runs on 10 hits. She also fanned three batters and walked three.

EC battles Meridian Community College Wednesday, April 2. The twin bill starts at 3 p.m. on the Decatur campus.