East Central Diamond Warriors will host playoff series
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 1:00 AM
East Central Community College's baseball squad needed just one win over Hinds Community College Friday, April 26 to clinch second place in the MACJC South Division and qualify as a designated host for a best-of-three series to begin post-season play.
The Diamond Warriors took care of business early by holding on for a 9-7 win in the opener and continued their success in the nightcap with a 7-4 decision to complete a memorable Sophomore Recognition Day.
EC, which finished the regular season at 26-19 overall and 17-7 in league play, will host North No. 3 seed Mississippi Delta Community College in a best-of-three series scheduled Friday-Saturday, May 3-4, at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex. Game times are 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.
A game three, if necessary, will be held later Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans, 24-18 overall and 14-10 in league play, are led by former Diamond Warrior assistant Michael Avalon.
The series champion advances to the MACJC State Baseball Tournament scheduled May 9-11. The highest South Division seed remaining following the best-of-three series will serve as tournament host.
In the opener with Hinds, Chase Domino's three-run double in the sixth inning provided EC with the winning margin. Domino is a product of Fairhope (Ala.) High School.
Tim Anderson, Maxwell Harmon and Ryan Shotts also had success at the plate.
Anderson belted two doubles, drove in a run and scored; Harmon contributed two singles and scored twice; and Shotts slapped a two-run single and scored twice.
Anderson hails from Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa; Harmon is a product of Enterprise High School; and Shotts is a former standout at Louisville High School.
Also scoring runs were Kalik May (2) of Tuscaloosa County, John Morgan Berry of Madison Central and Terrance Steele of Neshoba Central.