John Morgan Berry's two-run double in the eighth inning and a superb pitching performance from southpaw Caleb McKee helped provide home standing East Central Community College with a 5-2 victory over Mississippi Delta Community College Sunday in the first game of a best-of-three series leading to the MACJC State Baseball Tournament.

Berry's blast scored Rubert Alcantara and Xavier Franklin and gave the Diamond Warriors the lead for a good and a 1-0 advantage going into the second contest with the Trojans at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus. A game three - if necessary - will be played tonight.

Other hitters were Franklin - a former standout at Newton County High School - Ryan Shotts of Louisville and Deion Ulmer of Laurel, RBI singles each; and Dominican Republic native Alcantara and Chase Domino of Fairhope (Ala.) High School, singles each.

McKee fanned 10 batters and allowed one earned run on four hits during eight innings of work. He walked two batters. The sophomore hurler is a product of Neshoba Central High School.

Jordan Mixon hurled a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save. Mixon fanned two batters and allowed one hit. He also walked a batter. Mixon is a product of East Webster High School.

EC Diamond Warriors Rally to Win Playoff Series with Delta

Game 2

ECCC 7

Mississippi Delta 3

East Central Community College rallied for a 7-3 victory over Mississippi Delta Community College Monday afternoon to capture the best-of-three series and a berth in this week's MACJC State Baseball Tournament.

The Diamond Warriors, who trailed 3-0 after six innings, exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning thanks to timely hitting and several Delta errors.

EC tied the contest when East Webster High School product Jordan Mixon slapped an RBI single, and took the lead for good at 4-3 when Zach May of Newton County High School was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Three runs came across the plate following bases-loaded walks during the inning. Two other runs were attributed to errors.

Tim Anderson contributed an RBI single during the inning and later scored. Anderson is a product of Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa.

Other hitters were John Morgan Berry of Madison Central and Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise, singles each. Kalik May of Tuscaloosa County was credited with an RBI.

Right-hander Blake Dubuisson picked up the win in relief. Dubuisson fanned a batter and walked one while hurling three scoreless innings. Dubuisson is a product of Long Beach High School. Starter Severino Signa went five innings allowed three earned runs on five hits. He fanned two batters and walked one. Signa is a former standout at Deer Creek High School. Fernando Gonzalez pitched the final inning. He allowed one hit and fanned a batter. Gonzalez is a Puerto Rico native.

The Diamond Warriors, who improved to 28-19 under head coach Neal Holliman, claimed a 5-2 decision in the series opener Sunday night.

Delta finishes at 26-21 under head coach Michael Avalon, a former Diamond Warrior assistant.

The MACJC State Baseball Tournament is scheduled May 9-11 at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville.