Winning ways continue for East Central Community College's fast-pitch softball squad, which recorded a doubleheader sweep of Mississippi Delta Community College lastWednesday.

The Lady Diamond Warriors won the opener by a 6-3 margin and cruised 22-2 in the nightcap to improve to 14-4.

Ty Buckley tripled and knocked in a run and Amber McBroom collected a two-run single in leading the EC offense in the opener.

Buckley is a freshman infielder from Neshoba Central and McBroom, a freshman infielder/pitcher from Brandon.

Other hitters were Marlee Massey of Neshoba Central, double; LaJoya Griffin of Philadelphia and Kristen Chipley of Leake Academy, single and RBI each; and Morgan Porter of Enterprise and A.J. Peeler and Dakota Vowell, both of Neshoba Central, singles each.

In the second contest, EC bats came alive with 24 hits in the five-inning matchup. Numerous Lady Warriors recorded multiple hits, including Vowell, four singles and RBI; Porter, two triples, a single and four RBIs; Buckley, triple, double, single and two RBIs; McBroom, two doubles, single and two RBIs; Chipley, two doubles and four RBIs; Peeler, three singles; Hayley Stephens of Union, two singles and two RBIs; Massey, two singles; Hopkins, single and RBI; and Laken Fulcher of Nanih Waiya, single.

EC hosts division foe Hinds Community College Wednesday during Spring Break Week. Doubleheader action gets under way at 3 p.m. on the Decatur campus.


A special day became even more so for the East Central Community College baseball program, as a dedication ceremony for the new covered grandstand was followed by a doubleheader sweep of Meridian Community College last Wednesday, at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex

Providing a cover for the grandstand was a longtime dream of the late Jamie Clark, who led the Diamond Warrior program from 1988 to 2001, when he lost his battle with cancer.

The covering, estimated to cost $30,000, was provided through private contributions and various fundraising efforts led by current head coach and former Clark assistant Neal Holliman and staff members.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart and Athletic Director Chris Harris participated in the dedication ceremony flanked by Coach Holliman, his staff and team members.

The Diamond Warriors capped the day's activities by claiming a pair of 7-6 decisions of the rival Eagles to improve to 7-8 on the season.

Meridian took an early 1-0 advantage in the opener, which featured seven lead changes.

The Diamond Warriors took the lead for good in the seventh inning on Ryan Shotts' RBI single scoring Zach May.

Caleb Woods of Leake Central also belted two singles for EC and was credited with an RBI.

Other hitters included Caleb McKee of Neshoba Central..

In the nightcap, starter Caleb McKee of Neshoba Central picked up the win. McKee allowed two earned runs on six hits through 5 2/3 innings. He also fanned six batters and walked three.

The Diamond Warriors were to begin MACJC South Division competition Tuesday against Pearl River Community College.


East Central Community College's tennis teams recorded their first victories of the 2013 campaign following home matches with Northeast Mississippi Community College March 1 and Copiah-Lincoln Community College on February 28.

The Lady Warriors and Warriors easily cruised past Northeast and the Warriors won their battle with the Co-Lin men.

Results from the Northeast victories are as follows:


Doubles - Kelsey Tadlock and Haley Chapman of Newton County defeated Madison Rust/Maegan Texler, 8-4; Alana Turner of Florence and Amber Pierce of Leake Academy defeated Allison Wiltshire/Nikki Baird, 8-6; and Nan Hartness and Hayden Fryery, both of Winston Academy, defeated Wiltshire/Valerie Mitchell, 8-4.

Singles - Tadlock defeated Rust, 7-6 (9-7), 6-1; Chapman defeated Trexler, 6-3, 6-4; Turner defeated Wiltshire, 6-2, 6-2; Pierce defeated Elizabeth Mitchell, 6-1, 6-1; and Hartness defeated V. Mitchell, 6-1, 6-0. Fryery fell to Baird, 6-2, 6-1.


Doubles - Blake Cochran of Newton County and Chris Mays of Louisville defeated Bren Ransom/Matt Lorick, 1-2 retired; and Andrew Hanna of Newton County Academy and Hunter Mayo of Leake Academy defeated Micah Page/Wesley Brandon, 8-6. Josh Peoples of Leake Academy and Brandon St. Clair of Newton County fell to Andrew Ferrell/Hunter Seeley, 8-5.

Singles - Cochran defeated Ranson, 8-0 (default); Hanna defeated Page, 8-0 (default); St. Clair defeated Lorick, 6-0, 6-2; and Mayo defeated Brandon, 6-3, 6-2. Mays fell to Ferrell, 6-1, 6-3 and Peoples fell to Seeley, 6-2, 6-1.

Results from the split with Co-Lin are as follows:


Doubles - Turner/Pierce defeated Carly Smith and Courtney Watts, 9-7. Tadlock/Chapman fell to Abby Morris and Haley Wicker, 8-2; and Hartness/Fryery fell to Erika Dear and Savannah Brister, 8-4.

Singles - Tadlock fell to Melody Smith, 6-0, 6-4; Chapman fell to Morris, 6-1, 6-3: Turner fell to Wicker, 7-6(7-4), 6-4; Pierce fell to Watts, 6-0, 6-0; Hartness fell to Madison Rials, 3-6, 6-2, 10-7; and Fryery fell to Meredith Allen, 6-4, 6-3.


Doubles - Cochran/Mays defeated Corbin May and Emilio Cuilcilo, 8-4. Hanna and Mayo fell to Brance Crane and Josh Smith, 9-8(7-5) and St. Claire and Peoples fell to Gibson Britt and A. Oberschmidt, 8-2.

Singles - Cochran defeated Smith, 6-1, 6-0; Hanna defeated Oberschmidt, 6-0, 6-3; St. Clair defeated Troy Allred, 6-1, 6-2; and Mays defeated Crane, 6-4, 6-7(1-7), 10-7. Mayo fell to Britt, 6-4, 7-5; and Peoples fell to Sawyer Hudson, 7-5, 6-4.