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Saturday

MCC Advances to MACJC State Tournament



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Eagles had to work overtime on Saturday afternoon to advance to the next round in the postseason against East Central Community College. The Eagles dropped a tough 14-1 decision in Game Two of its three-game set with the Warriors, but rebounded in decisive third game of the series to defeat ECCC by a final count of 11-1. The series victory now advances MCC to the 2015 MACJC State Tournament which will be played next week on the campus of Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS. The tournament will consist of four teams which include: MCC, Hinds, Northwest Mississippi, and East Mississippi.

MCC moved its overall record to 33-15 for the season, while East Central closed out the 2015 campaign with a 25-17 overall record. The 2015 MACJC State Tournament is scheduled to begin on Thursday and more information will be available on the schedule for the tournament at a later time.

MCC won the series in Game Three behind a complete game performance on the mound from Neshoba Central star Austin Harrison by a final score of 11-1. The Eagles finished the run-rule victory in the bottom of the seventh inning with three runs to clinch the series over ECCC. Harrison (5-2) tossed seven innings, scattered five hits, allowed one run, and collected two strikeouts in the effort.

MCC finished Game Three with 10 hits overall and Kyle Bayles led the team at the plate with three hits, and four RBI’s. Matt Berler added a pair of RBI base hits, while Dalton Thomas smashed his second homer of the weekend which was a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning. Michael Druhan also drove in two runs on a couple of hits and Goose Yates added a double in the game for the Eagles.

MCC was forced to play the third game of the series after falling in the opening game on Saturday by a final score of 14-1 which was called due to a run rule. MCC only managed four hits in the losing effort and was led at the plate by Goose Yates with an RBI single. Matt Berler, Scott Votaw, and Andrew Crook were responsible for the remaining three hits in Game Two.

Jake Smith (3-2) suffered the loss on the mound in Game Two for the Eagles after working three innings and allowing four earned runs.

Friday

MCC Defeats ECCC on Late Homer



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Eagles had to dig down deep in the late innings on Friday night at Scaggs Field in the opening round of the MACJC playoffs against East Central Community College. The Warriors led for the entire game, but in the bottom of the eighth inning things changed quickly in the favor of the home team. Sophomore Dalton Thomas smashed a two-run home run over the wall in center field to propel MCC to a dramatic 7-6 victory over East Central.

The victory gives the green and white a 1-0 lead in the three-game series against the Warriors with Game Two taking place on Saturday. The first pitch of Game Two between the two schools is set for 2 p.m. and an if necessary game will follow if ECCC defeats MCC in Game Two. MCC improved to 32-14 with the victory and also snapped a modest three-game losing streak, while East Central dropped to 25-15 overall for the season.

Sophomore Bryant Johnston (9-1) had another solid outing for the Eagles from the bullpen by pitching 5 2/3 innings and collecting four strikeouts to grab the pitching win. Joshua Carpenter suffered the loss out of the bullpen for East Central after surrendering the home run in the eighth inning to Thomas.

Goose Yates led the way at the plate with three hits and one came on a solo home run in the fifth inning. Thomas finished with a pair of hits and of course with one winning the game in the eighth inning for the Eagles. Kyle Bayles chipped in with a pair of hits and one was an RBI single, while Matt Berler collected a pair of singles in the one-run victory.

MCC finished the game with 11 hits and East Central closed the night out with 12 total hits.

Wednesday

MCC Baseball Ranked 15th Nationally



From School Reports

The 2015 regular season has come to an end for the Meridian Community College baseball team and the postseason is just around the corner. The Eagles learned on Wednesday afternoon that it is ranked 15th in the latest NJCAA Division II National Poll heading into the first round of the MACJC playoffs on Friday. This marks the third time this season that the team has been ranked in the poll and it also marks the highest ranking so far this season. The Eagles were ranked 20th in last week’s poll and moved up five spots after winning three of four games in the previous week.

MCC will open up the first round of the MACJC playoffs as the fourth seed among the eight teams that qualified for the postseason. The Eagles will open postseason play on Friday by hosting East Central Community College at Scaggs Field. The two teams will take part in a three games series with the winning team advancing to the four-team MACJC State Tournament which will be played next weekend. The first pitch of Game One with the Warriors at Scaggs Field is scheduled for Friday night at 6 p.m. and Game Two is slated for Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The third game, if necessary, will be played on Saturday at the conclusion of Game Two.

MCC Soccer Star Inks With Belhaven



From School Report

The Meridian Community College men’s soccer program announced on Wednesday that Judson Watson will continue his success as a two-sport athlete as he has inked to continue his tennis and soccer career at Belhaven. Judson was captain of the 2014 Eagle Soccer Team and acted as anchor to the Defensive Back Four.

“He is a phenomenal athlete, more of a utility player, and showed up each day with a mindset to work hard and be a leader,” said MCC head coach Alex George. “His athleticism was phenomenal. He plays with  tremendous pace and physicality and was able to transition both ends of the pitch very effectively. We utilized him quiet often on corners kicks because of his ability to be so physical in the box and leap for high balls. Players like Judson leave their mark on a program, you get lucky to find one like him who has a bit of that old school pedigree. It’s a characteristic that most coaches would say is pivotal to winning, it’s nothing you can teach, it’s just there”, says George

Judson came to Meridian Community College from Oxford High School, one of the premier programs in the state.  He has played tennis for Meridian for four semesters.  He is a transfer student from Ole Miss.  As a freshman, Judson played number two doubles and number four singles helping his team to a Region XXIII Runner-up finish and a trip to the national tennis tournament.  His record in singles was 12-2 for the regular season.  He and his doubles partner scored a huge upset against JCJC at the Region XXIII tournament.  This season Judson has struggled with injuries; he had surgery in February but quickly came back into the lineup as he felt the team needed him.  He played number three singles for most of the season and number two doubles.  Judson was given the Mr. Hustle award at the Tennis Awards’ Night. He was also elected by his teammates as the co-captain of the tennis team his sophomore year. 

Tuesday

MCC Soccer Star Inks With UWA



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College soccer program has enjoyed a great tradition of having its players to play collegiate soccer at the next level and another player has joined that elite group. The MCC Lady Eagles announced on Tuesday that Kayla Phillips has signed a scholarship to play soccer next season at the University of West Alabama in Livingston. The ceremony was held on campus Monday afternoon with family and friends present to witness Phillips sign with UWA.

Phillips will go down as one of the best players to play for the women’s program at Meridian Community College and will also leave with some very impressive career accomplishments. Phillips will leave MCC holding the all-time assist record for a season after collecting 17 assists during the 2013 season. Phillips was among the national leaders in the assist category in 2013 and her historic freshman season also earned her a spot on the All-Region 23 squad. Phillips finished the 2014 season by scoring 12 goals and collected seven assists in 15 games played. The seven assists also gave Phillips the school record for most assists in a career with 24 shattering the previous record held by Holly Head (2007-2008). Phillips was also named a member of the 2014 All-Region squad for MCC head coach Mike Smith.

Phillips is a graduate of Clarkdale High School and will look to add some depth to the UWA squad that finished last season with a 14-5-1 overall record.