Led by a strong pitching performance in both contests and a productive offense in the nightcap, East Central Community College's fast-pitch softball team recorded a pair of victories over rival Meridian Community College Thursday on the MCC campus.

Tenna Patterson shut down the MCC offense in a 2-0 win in the opener, and fellow sophomore hurler Mary Smith allowed just two runs and EC bats came alive for a 14-2 thumping in the second contest as the Lady Diamond Warriors even their record at 4-4 under first-year head coach Kristin Chaney.

EC got all the runs it needed in the fourth inning, on an RBI double from freshman Morgan Porter of Enterprise. Porter also singled to lead the offense.

Other hitters were LaJoya Griffin of Philadelphia, double; and Lindsey Beard of Clarkdale, and Ty Buckley and Dakota Vowell, both of Neshoba Central, singles each.

In the second contest, EC tallied eight runs in the first three innings and coasted to the easy win.

Those having productive outings at the plate were Vowell, triple, single and three RBIs; A.J. Peeler of Neshoba Central, double, single and RBI; Buckley, two singles; Marlee Massey of Neshoba Central, double and two RBIs; and Griffin and Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville, singles each. Beard was credited with two RBIs and Kristen Chipley of Leake Academy also knocked in a run.


East Central Community College's Warriors rallied from a 55-45 second half deficit to force overtime then held on for an 85-78 MACJC South Division victory over Copiah-Lincoln Community College Thursday night in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building on the Decatur campus.

In the women's contest, division-leading Co-Lin escaped with an 80-70 win despite a 31-point scoring performance by EC's Xzandra Dowd. The score was tied at 36 at the break.


After dropping their two Friday matchups in the annual Rush Invitational, East Central Community College's baseball squad rallied to win one of two contests in Sunday competition of the three-day event.

In games played Friday, the Diamond Warriors were defeated 10-3 in the tournament opener by Southeastern Iowa and were outscored 15-2 by Faulkner (Ala.) State in the nightcap.

Starter Caleb McKee took the loss to Faulkner State on the mound, as the southpaw from Neshoba Central allowed four earned runs on four hits through 4 1/3 innings. McKee fanned 10 batters and walked two.

EC's offense came alive against Lincoln Land Sunday afternoon, with Anderson again leading the offense. The sophomore shortstop doubled in the third inning and singled in the first, fifth and seventh innings. He also scored three runs and knocked in a run.

Tournament action concluded Sunday with EC's rally falling short in a 5-4 loss to Baton Rouge.

The Diamond Warriors, now 3-3 on the young season, host Shelton State (Ala.) Community College Wednesday. The first contest is a nine-inning battle and will be followed by a seven-inning matchup.

Home games are also scheduled Saturday, Feb. 23 with Lawson State (Ala.) Community College at 3 p.m. followed by a matchup with Kaskasia (Ill.) Community College at 6 p.m. Both are nine-inning contests.


East Central Community College's soccer program has announced fundraising efforts to upgrade fencing around the soccer pitch on the Decatur campus.

"We are going to replace the original fencing around the pitch with new vinyl-coated fencing and brick columns," said men's soccer Kenneth Thompson. "This will greatly enhance the look of our stadium and allow us to have a consistent look with our athletic fields on campus."

Thompson said each brick column will include a plaque with information as requested by the purchaser.

Thompson said the fundraising project is offered to former players as well as all alumni and friends of the College.

Cost for each column and plaque is $300, said Thompson, who estimates 66 columns will be need to surround the field.

For more information, contact Coach Kenneth Thompson, 601-635-6370 (office) or 601-698-3271 (cell). His e-mail address is kthompson@eccc.edu.