From School Reports
The Meridian Community College baseball team is gearing up
for the 2016 MACJC State Tournament that is set to begin on Thursday in
Ellisville, MS on the campus of Jones County Junior College. The Eagles
advanced to the tournament by defeating Itawamba Community College in a
dramatic three-game series over the weekend at Scaggs Field. The Eagles needed
a 7-5 victory in the third game of the series with the Indians to advance to
this week’s postseason event at JCJC. MCC has enjoyed a great deal of success during
the 2016 campaign and will look to build on its already storied baseball
tradition this week at the State Tournament.
MCC will enter the tournament as the second seed among the
four-team field and will face off against East Central Community College on
Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the first round. The Warriors will enter the
tournament as the number three seed and should prove to be a tough opening draw
for the Eagles. ECCC advanced to the State Tournament after sweeping past
Mississippi Gulf Coast in its three-game series in Decatur over the weekend.
ECCC swept the series over the Bulldogs on Saturday after a wild 27-21 victory
and enter the tournament having won six straight games. The two schools split
their regular season meeting back on April 12 with MCC winning 11-4 and the
Warriors grabbing a victory by a final of 8-4.
MCC is currently 39-10 entering the tournament and will need
at least one victory in the State Tournament to clinch a spot in the Region 23
Tournament which will be played May 19-22. The other first round game on
Thursday at the State Tournament will feature Jones County Junior College and
Northwest Mississippi Community College which is scheduled for a first pitch of
Community Bank Park
May 12 games
Game 1, No. 2 Meridian vs. No. 3 East Central, 2 p.m.
Game 2, No. 1 Jones County vs. No. 4 Northwest, 6 p.m.
May 13 games
Game 3, Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 2 p.m.
Game 4, Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
May 14 games
Game 5, Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 2 p.m.
Game 6, Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 6 p.m.
May 15 game
Game 7, If necessary, 2 p.m