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
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.