East Central Community College's nationally ranked fast-pitch softball squad recorded its second doubleheader sweep of Meridian Community College in 2014 following a pair of victories Wednesday on the Decatur campus.
EC cruised 10-2 in the opener and pounded the Lady Eagles 11-3 in the nightcap to improve to 27-9 overall and 12-6 in the MACJC South Division. MCC fell to 2-27 and 1-17. The Lady Diamond posted scores of 12-3 and 13-0 in earlier matchups.
An RBI double by Lindsey Beard of Clarkdale and a two-run double from Hayley Stephens of Union in the first inning set the tone early in the easy victory. Stephens also belted a two-run double in the second frame. She collected a team-leading four RBIs in the opener. Beard also contributed a single.
Other offensive leaders were Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale, three singles; Ty Buckley of Neshoba Central, double, single and RBI; Karoline Holsonback of South Lamar (Ala.) High School, two doubles; Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville, triple, single and RBI; Anna-Katherine Nowell of Leake Academy, RBI single; and Morgan Porter of Enterprise, single.
Scoring runs were Buckley (3), Turner (2), Nowell, Beard, Christen Benson of Brookhaven, Hopkins and Nikki Triplett of Forest.
Kendra Wilson got the win for EC. She went five innings and allowed one earned run on four hits. She fanned four batters and walked three. Wilson is a product of South Lamar (Ala.) High School.
Makayla Kelly hurled one shutout inning and allowed a hit. She is a product of Nederland (Texas) High School.
In the second game, Porter belted a three-run home to lead the offense.
Other sluggers were Nowell, triple; Stephens and Holsonback, each with two singles and RBI; and Hopkins, double, single and RBI. Beard was also credited with an RBI.
Runs were scored by Stephens (2), Porter (2), Hopkins (2), Triplett (2), Buckley, Beard and Amber McBroom of Brandon.
Kelly got the win, allowing three earned runs on six hits through 3 1/3 innings. She fanned three batters.
Wilson hurled 1 2/3 shutout innings. She fanned four batters and walked three.
The Lady Diamond Warriors, who are ranked 17th in the latest NJCAA Division II poll, travels to MS Gulf Coast Community College Saturday, April 5. The twin bill starts at noon on the Perkinston campus.