After having rain force the cancellation of its own Rush Invitational Baseball Tournament, the East Central Community College Warriors traveled to south Alabama to pick up a pair of Saturday games, losing a 6-0 decision to Wallace Community College-Dothan and holding on for an 8-7 win over Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.
The two games were played Saturday, Feb. 23, on the campus of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia, Ala.
Weather has forced the cancellation of six East Central home contests so far this season, including a midweek doubleheader with Lawson State (Ala.) and the Rush Invitational scheduled for Feb. 22-23 at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.
The Warriors finally got back on the diamond for two seven-inning contests Saturday after a one week absence.
Wallace Community College pitcher Jared Shemper held East Central in check in game one. The left-hander scattered six hits and struck out 10 batters over six innings. The Warriors actually outhit Wallace 6-5, but the Governors took advantage of two home runs to plate five of their six runs. East Central left 17 runners on base.
Sophomore Thomas Boothe (Fairhope, Ala., Bayside Academy) took the loss for East Central, but had a good outing. The right-hander gave up two hits and two runs over four and a third innings.
In the second game, the Warriors scored five times in the top of the seventh to take an 8-2 lead, but then had to hold on as the Lurleen B. Wallace Saints also scored five times in the bottom of the frame to make the final score 8-7.
Redshirt freshman left fielder Dakota Kennedy out of Choctaw Central knocked in three of East Central's runs with three singles in the win. Freshman designated hitter Cameron Cotten of George County had a solo home run in the top of the sixth.
Sophomore left-hander Javian Stone (Jackson, Provine, Highland Community College) pitched the first four innings for East Central, allowing four hits and no runs while striking out four. Freshman right-hander Tanner Knight of Eupora got the win in relief. Sophomore right-hander Austin Braswell (Hattiesburg, Presbyterian Christian) picked up the save.
The Warriors are now 2-4 on the season. Wallace Community College is 8-3, and Lurleen B. Wallace is 7-6.
East Central will entertain a pair of teams on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur. The Warriors will play Shelton State (Ala.) in a nine-inning game beginning at 1 p.m. and then face Mississippi Gulf Coast in a nine-inning contest at 6:30 p.m. Gulf Coast and Shelton State will play a seven-inning game in between.
The Warriors will then host No. 1 ranked and defending NJCAA Division II national champion LSU-Eunice in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.