4/9/2014 6:00:00 AM Diamond Warriors split with Gulf Coast
After nine lead changes, Cojuante McMillian gave East Central Community College the game-winning run as the Hamilton High School product crossed home plate following an error by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs in a 7-6, eight-inning victory Saturday on the Decatur campus.
EC rallied from a 16-7 loss in the nine-inning opener to gain a split of the MACJC South Division doubleheader at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex. A seven-inning battle was scheduled in the second game but the contest went into extra innings tied at 6-6.
In the nightcap, Jake Bush led the offense with a two-run single.
Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise and Dylan Little of Mary G. (Montgomery) High School each contributed run-scoring singles.
Other hitters were Cody Daigle of Parkview Baptist (La.) High School, two singles; and Ryan Ward of Madison Ridgeland Academy, Zach May of Newton County High School and McMillian, singles each.
Runs were scored by May (2), McMillian (2), Ward, Harmon and Bush.
Will Myers picked up the win in relief. The southpaw from Leake Academy went 2 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run on one hit. He fanned two batters and walked one.
Starter Mason Woodrow went five innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits. He fanned four batters and walked five. Woodrow is a right-hander from Taylorsville.
Bush was on the mound for two-thirds of an inning and allowed two hits. He also walked a batter.
In the first game, the visitors held an 11-0 lead in the third inning until the Diamond Warriors pushed across three runs in the bottom of the frame. EC cut the deficit to 11-7 in the seventh but Gulf Coast responded with five runs in the eighth and held on for the victory.
Little had two singles and knocked in three runs and Whitten was credited with two singles and two RBIs to lead the offense. Daigle had two singles and one RBI and Bush was credited with an RBI single.
Other sluggers were Harmon, two singles; McMillian and Lane Fazende of Pearl River Central, singles each.
Runs were scored by Hunter Thrower (2) of Southeast Lauderdale, Whitten (2), Harmon, Bush and McMillian.
Starter Cory Kitchens took the loss.
EC host Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wednesday. The twin bill begins at 3 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.