East Central Community College's fast-pitch softball team cruised to a pair of victories over rival Meridian Community College in MACJC South Division action Wednesday, March 5 on the MCC campus.

A seven-run sixth inning led to a 12-3 victory in the first contest, and Haley Stephen's two home runs helped provide a 13-0 shutout in the nightcap.

The Lady Diamond Warriors improved to 16-4 overall and 2-2 in league play following the sweep.

In the first contest, several EC players were credited with multiple hits.

Stephens belted a double and a single and was the top run producer with three RBIs. She also scored two runs. Stephens is a sophomore infielder from Union.

Ty Buckley slapped two singles and scored three runs. Buckley is a product of Neshoba Central High School.

Other hitters were Lindsey Beard of Clarkdale, double and two RBIs; Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville, single and RBI; and Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale, single. Anna Katherine Nowell of Leake Academy was credited with an RBI.

Also scoring runs were Beard (2), Hopkins, Morgan Porter (2) of Enterprise and Amber McBroom of Brandon.

Kendra Wilson picked up the win. She allowed three runs on four hits over 3 2/3 innings. She also fanned five batters and walked five.

Wilson is a product of South Lamar (Ala.) High School.

In the nightcap, EC jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and coasted to victory after five innings.

Stephens's home runs came in the fourth and fifth innings. She also singled, scored three runs and collected three RBIs.

Beard also homered in the fifth inning.

She was also credited with two singles and was the top run producer with four RBIs. She also scored three runs.

Other sluggers were Turner, double and two singles; Buckley, two doubles and three RBIs; Porter, double; Holsonback, two singles and RBI; and McBroom, single.

Makayla Kelly picked up the win. She allowed just four hits and fanned a batter in the five-inning shutout.

Tryouts set for

ECCC men's basketball

Tryouts for the 2014-15 East Central Community College men's basketball team will be held Wednesday, April 16, 2014, on the Decatur campus, announced head coach Robert Thompson.

Activities begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.

For more information, contact Coach Thompson at 601-635-6243.

Golf fundraiser

Members of the East Central Community College golf team are selling calendars as a program fundraiser. Cost is $20 each. The purchase price includes an opportunity to win $50 in a monthly raffle. For more information, contact any golf team member or Coach Chris Clark, at 601-917-7396.

ECCC tennis

teams topple Holmes

Winning ways continue for East Central Community College's tennis squads following a pair of 8-1 victories over Holmes Community College Wednesday, March 5 on the Decatur campus.

In women's singles, Hannah Peoples defeated Anna Clair Shores, 6-0, 6-1; Alana Turner of Florence beat Johnna White, 6-0, 6-3; Amber Pierce of Leake Academy clipped Jennifer Rule, 6-1, 6-0; Nan Hartness beat Katherine Woods, 6-2, 6-0; and Katlyn Patrick of Forest blitzed Sarah Walden, 6-0. 6-0. Hannah Smith of Leake Academy fell to Elizabeth Petro, 6-1, 6-3.

In women's doubles, Turner and Pierce shutout Walden/White, 8-0; Peoples and Hartness blitzed Rule/Woods, 8-0; and the Forest team of Lauren Peterson and Kristine Jenkins held on to clip Shores/Petro, 8-6.

In men's singles, Juan Miranda of Morton beat Devin Langham, 7-5, 6-2; Daniel Giles of Union edged Dylan Throgmorton, 5-7, 6-0 (10-8); Javon Yarbrough of Louisville defeated Rami Jamileh, 6-4, 6-4; Brandon St. Clair of Newton County blitzed Will Godfrey, 6-0, 6-0; Ethan Rigdon of Union cruised past Justin Sawyer, 6-0, 6-1; and Tanner Moore of Winston Academy posted a 6-1, 7-5 victory over John Crews.

In men's doubles, Miranda and Giles clipped the Langham/Throgmorton team, 9-8 (7-2), and St. Clair and Rigdon blitzed Sawyer/Crews, 8-0. Yarbrough and Moore fell 9-7 to the Godfrey/Jamileh team.

ECCC squads return to action following Spring Break by hosting Northwest Mississippi Community College March 17.

Competition begins at 1 p.m. on the Decatur campus.