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Thursday

MCC Baseball Continues Hot Streak



From School Reports

MARION, Ala.- The Meridian Community College baseball team continued its long 11-game road trip by paying a visit to Marion Military Institute on Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles also continued its winning ways Wednesday by sweeping past (6-3, 7-1) Marion Military Institute and extending its current winning streak to four games.

MCC improved to 10-5 with the doubleheader sweep and will open the MACJC portion of its schedule on Saturday by traveling to Ellisville, MS to take on Jones County Junior College in a doubleheader scheduled for a 2 p.m. first pitch.

MCC had to claw back from a 3-0 deficit in Game One to come away with a 6-3 victory over Marion Military Institute. The Eagles started its comeback by scoring one run in the top of the fourth inning to cut the lead to 3-1. Sophomore Dalton Thomas delivered an RBI double in the inning that scored Michael Druhan to put MCC on the scoreboard. Former West Lauderdale star Daniel Hill continued his great hitting as of late and helped the Eagles draw closer in the fifth inning with an RBI single to make the score 3-2.

MCC would tie the game at 3-3 moments later on an infield error by Marion Military and would eventually take the lead on a two-run single by Jaylon Keys to make the score 5-3. Hill would collect another RBI later in the game for MCC on a fielder's choice to account for the final run in the game for the Eagles.

Sophomore Chandler Blakeney picked up the pitching win in Game One by working five shutout innings in relief for the Eagles. Jake Smith drew the start and pitched one inning for the Eagles and allowed two runs, while Josh Curtis also notched one inning in relief.

MCC completed the sweep in Game Two over Marion Military by a final score of 7-1. The Eagles would once again need to fight from behind and trailed Marion Military 1-0 after two innings. MCC would eventually take the lead on a two-run homer by Keys to give MCC a 2-1 advantage. The game would enter a rain delay in the top of the fifth inning, but MCC would continue to pour on the runs in the late stages of the game.

Keys would add another RBI with a double in the seventh inning and Dalton Smith would also cross the plate in the inning on a throwing error by Marion Military to make the score 4-1. Hill would pick up an RBI in the inning on an infield single and Druhan also chipped in with an RBI double in the final frame of Game Two.

Former Neshoba Central star Austin Harrison picked up the pitching win on the mound in Game Two for MCC by working four innings and collecting three strikeouts. Dustin Smith also had a solid outing in relief by working two perfect innings and Bryant Johnston also worked a scoreless inning.

MCC Softball Falls To ECCC



From School Reports

DECATUR, MS- The Meridian Community College softball team traveled to East Central Community College Tuesday night for a MACJC doubleheader with the Lady Warriors and the road trip wasn't kind for the Lady Eagles.

East Central earned the home sweep (0-8, 2-3) over MCC to pick up a pair of key conference wins over the green and white. MCC dropped its overall record to 4-12 and 1-3 in MACJC play with the pair of losses. MCC will return to action Friday afternoon for another key MACJC doubleheader by hosting Pearl River Community College, The doubleheader is slated for a 2 p.m. first pitch at Tommy McDonald Field in Highland Park.

MCC dropped its opening game to the Lady Warriors by a final score of 8-0. The Lady Eagles could only manage two hits in Game One as Victoria Lewis and Keoceania Yarbrough accounted for the only offense for the Lady Eagles.

Lyndsey Cannon (1-3) took the pitching loss on the mound in Game One for the Lady Eagles.

MCC did regroup in Game Two with a solid outing, but fell short by a final score of 3-2. Cheyenne Barefoot led the way at the plate in Game Two by going 2-for-4. Josie Anderson, Zoie LaVergne, Paige Gibson, and Victoria Lewis also added hits in the loss.

Angel Thornton (0-4) suffered the loss on the mound in Game Two for the Lady Eagles.

Tuesday

MCC Track Travels West to NJCAA National Championships



From School Reports
Meridian, MS – The top junior college track and field athletes from across the country will travel to Albuquerque, NM this weekend for the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.
MCC will travel nine athletes to compete in the two day event in hopes of posting a top finish in the programs first year back competing.
The MCC men will enter the meet ranked 17th in the country in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll.
“This is what we practice for all fall and during the regular season,” said Head Coach Chip Gayden.  “We have to go in to this meet focused and execute what we know how to do and worry about just ourselves and we will see a lot of success.”
MCC will be led by freshmen Chris Lewis and Kendrick Smith in the 60-meters.  Lewis and Kendrick are both ranked number two and number three in the country in the event after posting a one-two sweep at the LSU Twilight two weeks ago.  Freshman Cravorkian Carson will also join them in the event with the 15th fastest time in the country.
In the 200 –meters, MCC will look to Smith who currently ranks 12th in the event.  Smith will be joined by Terrance Johnson who has posted a time of 22.26.
Freshmen Bryson Penton and Eric Durham will look to lead MCC in the 400-meters.  Penton and Durham will also join K’lan Harris and Devontre Young in the 4x400 –meter relay which currently ranks 17th in the country.
Freshman Josh Austin will compete in the 600-meters for MCC.  Austin qualified two weeks ago with a time of 1:23.09 at the LSU Twilight.
In the high jump Devontre Young will enter the event ranked 12th in the country with a height of 2.05 meters (6’8.75).
The meet begins Friday afternoon at 10:30 a.m. and runs through Saturday evening.  Live results can be found at http://www.liverunningresults.com

MCC Sweeps Past Spring Hill



From School Reports

MOBILE, Ala.- The Meridian Community College Eagles returned to the field Monday afternoon by traveling to southern Alabama to take on Spring Hill College. The twin bill was originally scheduled to be played at Scaggs Field in Meridian, but due to wet field conditions, the game was moved to Mobile.

The Eagles got back in the win column on Monday by sweeping past (12-1, 2-0) Spring Hill College in impressive fashion. MCC improved to 8-5 overall for the 2015 season after the road doubleheader sweep of Spring Hill College on Monday. MCC was able to rebound with the sweep of Spring Hill after falling in extra innings to Alabama Southern Community College back on Sunday night in a game that was played at Thomasville High School in western Alabama by a final score of 9-8.

MCC will return to action on Wednesday with another trip in the state of Alabama as the Eagles will play a visit to Marion Military Institute which is located in Marion, AL. The doubleheader against Marion Military is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. MCC will then open MACJC play on Saturday by traveling to Ellisville, MS to take on Jones County Junior College in a doubleheader slated for a 2 p.m. first pitch.

The Eagles came out swinging the bats in Game One by rolling past Spring Hill by a final of 12-1. Jaylon Keys and Andrew Crook each had an RBI triple in the victory, while former Clarkdale standout Chance McDonald added a two-run homer. Michael Druhan and Dalton Thomas each had a double apiece, while Trace Hamby added an RBI on a fielder's choice.

Freshman Josh Rich picked up the pitching win in Game One by working two innings, allowing one run, allowing four hits, two walks, and tallied a pair of strikeouts.

MCC completed the sweep of Spring Hill in Game Two by a final score of 2-0 behind solid pitching from the entire pitching staff. Former Clarkdale star Jonathan Porter drew his first start of the season on the mound and collected his first win. Porter pitched 2 2/3 innings and finished the game with three strikeouts. Andrew Crook, Josh Curtis, and Goose Yates combined to finish the shutout in relief for the Eagles.

Trace Hamby paced the effort at the plate in Game Two for the Eagles with an RBI single to score Kyle Bayles and Dalton Smith also added an RBI single to score Daniel Hill to account for the scoring in Game Two for the Eagles.

Thursday

MCC Slips Past ECCC



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles were looking to continue its miraculous postseason run on Wednesday afternoon at the 2015 MACJC State Tournament in Wesson, MS. The Lady Eagles opened the tournament Monday afternoon by upsetting Itawamba Community College who came into the field as one of the top two seeds, but the journey to the next round would not be easy for MCC.

The Lady Eagles would meet one of its long time rivals, East Central Community College, in the semi-final round of the tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Mullen Gymnasium on the campus of Co-Lin Community College. The Lady Warriors had won the two previous meetings over the Lady Eagles during the regular season and was also seeded second in the tournament, so the third time would need to be the charm for MCC.

MCC (17-9) fought its way through a wild game to defeat East Central by a final score of 79-77 to advance to the MACJC State Championship game. The title game will be played Thursday night at 6 p.m. between MCC and Co-Lin. The Lady Wolves defeated Jones County Junior College by a final of 76-68 to advance to the title game against Meridian. The Lady Wolves finished the game against JCJC on a 16-0 run. Co-Lin will enter the game against MCC Thursday night with a perfect 25-0 record and the Lady Wolves are also currently ranked 18th according to the latest NJCAA Division I poll.

The game ultimately belonged to sophomore Miaya Crowder, who arguably had her biggest game of the 2014-2015 season for the Lady Eagles. Crowder finished the game with a team-high 30 points, 20 rebounds, four steals, and three blocked shots in the semi-final victory for the Lady Eagles. Freshman Tytianna Hall also turned in a solid game for Meridian with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore Londyn Thomas chipped in with 11 points.

MCC would finish the game by shooting 46 percent from the floor, while ECCC finished by shooting 39 percent. The Lady Eagles were also able to win the rebounding battle by a 48-44 edge, but the struggles would come at the charity stripe for both teams. MCC finished the game by shooting 64 percent from the free throw line, while ECCC had its struggles at the line by shooting 42 percent.

Tashi-ana Thompson also had a great day in the loss for East Central with 26 points and finished the game by shooting 5-for-12 from three-point range. Kalybriah Haskin also had a great day for the Lady Warriors with 18 points and Shakerya Morrison chipped in with 16 points.