Neshoba County members of the 2013 East Central Community College fast-pitch softball team are (seated from left) outfielders A. J. Peeler (27) and Marlee Massey (15) and infielder Dakota Vowell, all products of Neshoba Central High School; and infielder LaJoya Griffin (6) of Philadelphia High School; and (standing from left) infielder Ty  Buckley (23) and managers Katherine Upchurch, Jordan Clearman and Eden McGee, all of Neshoba Central. The Lady Diamond Warriors are led by first-year head coach Kristin Chaney and assistant Courtney Nunn.  (EC Photo)
Neshoba County members of the 2013 East Central Community College fast-pitch softball team are (seated from left) outfielders A. J. Peeler (27) and Marlee Massey (15) and infielder Dakota Vowell, all products of Neshoba Central High School; and infielder LaJoya Griffin (6) of Philadelphia High School; and (standing from left) infielder Ty Buckley (23) and managers Katherine Upchurch, Jordan Clearman and Eden McGee, all of Neshoba Central. The Lady Diamond Warriors are led by first-year head coach Kristin Chaney and assistant Courtney Nunn. (EC Photo)
East Central Community College's fast-pitch softball squad posted easy victories over Meridian Community College in a non-division doubleheader last Wednesday on the Decatur campus.

The Lady Diamond Warriors cruised 11-2 in the opener and won 13-5 in the second contest to improve to 20-6 overall.

A.J. Peeler led EC's offense in the first matchup, as the Neshoba Central High School product belted a home run, triple and two singles and collected four RBIs.

Also having productive outings at the plate were LaJoya Griffin of Philadelphia, triple, single and two RBIs; Lindsey Beard of Clarkdale, double, single and RBI; and Dakota Vowell of Neshoba Central, two singles. Haley Stephens of Union and Kristen Chipley of Leake Academy each had a single and RBI; and Ty Buckley of Neshoba Central was credited with a single.

Runs were scored by Peeler (2), Griffin (2), Chipley (2), Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville (2), Buckley, Porter and Beard.

In the second game, EC jumped out to 12-0 lead after three innings and coasted to victory. Stephens led the offense with two doubles and two RBIs.

Other hitters were Peeler and Hopkins, two singles each; Beard, double and two RBIs; Amber McBroom of Brandon, double and RBI; Chipley, single and RBI; and Buckley, Vowell, Porter and Casey Cherry of Union, singles each. Malauri Robinson of Enterprise was credited with a RBI.

EC was to travel to league opponent Jones County Junior College Tuesday.



Warriors looking for

basketball coach

The search is under way for a new men's head basketball coach at East Central Community College.

Maurice Bowie, who has led the Warrior basketball program since the 2006-07 season, submitted his resignation March 19 at the March meeting of the College's Board of Trustees.

Bowie's teams compiled an overall 49-116 record during his seven-year tenure. Applications for the position will be received through April 12. For more information, contact Athletic Director Chris Harris, 601-635-6401 or 601-616-1088. His e-mail address is charris@eccc.edu.



All-star basketball

The state's top community and junior college basketball players will have an opportunity to showcase their talents when the annual MACJC All-Star Basketball Games are held Thursday at ECCC.

Women's action begins at 6 p.m. and the men's contest is set for 8 p.m.

Members of the South Division women's team include Vintrice Briggs, Chanta Poole and LaVasha Allen, all of Co-Lin; Jaianah Matthew, Xzandra Dowd and Jakela Johnson, all of East Central; Vandria Dampier, Hinds; Shamekia Hart, Markia Nix and Presley Owens, all of MS Gulf Coast; Daiquiri Raine, Pearl River; and Cassie Berry, Southwest.

Toby Bush of Pearl River serves as head coach.

North Division women All-Stars are Bridgett Griffin, Coahoma; Dajah McCarty, East MS; Jessica Miles, Holmes; Ty-Nita Baker, Jasmine Hampton, Ayanna Lynn and Ashley Wiley, all of Itawamba; Shanarika McCullum and Myiesha Stewart, both of MS Delta; Talisa Boyd and Katie Garvin, both of Northeast; and Monique Biggins, Northwest.

Brian Alexander of Northeast was selected head coach.

Selected on the South Division men's squad are Jay Case and Joe Cunningham, both of Copiah-Lincoln; Aquill Baynard, East Central; Dominique Brown and Marcus Hurn, both of Hinds; J.J. Bolton and Donta Pittman, both of Jones County; JaMichael Hawkins and Darius Forest, both of MS Gulf Coast; Frank Snow and Xavian Rimmer, both of Pearl River; and Donovan Ross, Southwest.

Richard Mathis of Pearl River serves as head coach.

North Division men All-Stars are Patrick Brown and Alex Thompson, both of Coahoma; Micah Walker, East MS; DeAndre Scott, Holmes; Quintin Lee and Tre' Wells, both of Itawamba; Anthony McDonald, MS Delta; Acie Vance and KeDorian Sullivan, both of Northeast; and DeMarcus McVay and Charles Eaton, both of Northwest.

David Robbins of Northeast will serve as head coach.­



Baseball

East Central Community College's baseball team split decisions with Itawamba Community College in a non-division doubleheader.

The Diamond Warriors held on for an 8-7 victory in the opener and fell 11-6 in the nightcap.

Ryan Shotts of Louisville and Newton County High School product Xavier Franklin led EC's offense in the opener. Shotts belted a triple and collected two RBIs. Franklin contributed a double and also knocked in two runs.

Other hitters were Terrance Steele of Neshoba Central, double; and Kalik May of Tuscaloosa County (Ala.), Tim Anderson of Hillcrest (Ala.), Chase Domino of Fairhope (Ala.), Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise and John Morgan Berry of Madison Central, singles each. May was also credited with an RBI.

Blake Dubuisson picked up the win in relief. The right-hander allowed one earned run on four hits through 2 2/3 innings. He also walked a batter.

In the second contest, Anderson led the offense with a double and single.

The Diamond Warriors, now 12-13 overall, host MS Gulf Coast Community College Friday. The twin bill gets under way at 3 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.