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EC Diamond Warriors/Gulf Coast Split Twin Bill
 April 24, 2013

After holding on for a 5-2 decision in the opener, the playoff-bound East Central Community College baseball team was unable to complete a doubleheader sweep of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and fell 1-0 in the nightcap of a key MACJC matchup held Tuesday, April 23 on the Perkinston campus.

The Diamond Warriors, 24-19 overall and 15-7 in league play, remain in second place in the South Division while Gulf Coast is fourth at 10-12 and 23-19 overall. Pearl River leads the division at 17-5 (34-10 overall) and Jones County is third at 15-9 (27-15) overall. The top four teams in the MACJC South and North divisions qualify for post-season play.

In the first contest with Gulf Coast, Newton County High School product Xavier Franklin led EC’s offense with a three-run homer in the third inning. Chase Domino of Fairhope (Ala.) High School doubled and singled and knocked in a run, and Dominican Republic native Rubert Alcantara contributed an RBI single. Tim Anderson of Hillcrest (Ala.) High School and Kalik May of Tuscaloosa County had singles each.

Runs were scored by Kalik May, Anderson, Alcantara, Franklin and Zach May of Newton County.

Starter Caleb McKee picked up the win. The southpaw from Neshoba Central allowed two earned runs on five hits through 5 2/3 innings. He also fanned four batters and walked three. Right-hander Jordan Mixon was credited with the save. He hurled a scoreless inning and struck out one batter. Mixon is a product of East Webster High School.

In the nightcap, right-hander Severino Signa of Stoneville was superb on the mound but the EC offense was unable to produce runs in the 1-0 shutout.

Signa fanned four batters and allowed six hits in the six-inning battle. He is a product of Deer Creek High School.

Hitters for EC were Anderson, double and single; and Kalik May, Caleb Woods of Leake Central and Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise, singles each.

Gulf Coast’s lone run came on a third-inning home run by Kyle Clement.

The Diamond Warriors conclude regular season action by hosting Hinds Community College (18-23, 8-14) Saturday, April 27. The twin bill gets under way at 2 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex. Sophomores will be honored during pre-game activities.

East Central’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.

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