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 May 14, 2013

BOONEVILLE, Miss. –  Mother Nature picked up the assist as the Northeast Mississippi Community College baseball team extended its stay to the weekend in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Baseball Tournament in Poplarville.

After dropping its opening round game to East Central, Northeast had to withstand a 21-hour, 56-minute rain delay in its contest against Northwest Mississippi on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11.

Northwest came away with a 3-0 decision after riding the arm of Cody Reed for eight innings as Northeast wrapped up its 2013 season with a 30-18 record and a North Division championship.

Northwest staked claim to its win with runs in the second, third and fourth innings of the elimination game of the MACJC State Baseball Tournament.

Reed would get all the run support the Ranger sophomore would need when Phillip Correro stole home in the top of the second with two down.

However, Northeast would not go away quietly and quickly put two on in the bottom half of the inning.

Justin Neal (Southaven) led off the frame by being hit by a pitch and after a pair of quick outs, Dalton Sims (DeSoto Central) came through with an infield single that moved Neal to third.

Northeast saw its inning come to an end with a strikeout but the Tigers kept pushing the Rangers.

Northwest (30-15) kept the pressure on and tallied a run on a James Lear infield single to third an inning later and added the game’s final run with a Jay King single to left in the fourth.

Northeast would get runners on base in the sixth, seventh and eighth before the game was suspended for almost a day.

Will Robertson walked in the sixth while Sims reached on a fielder’s choice in the seventh.

Josh Mills came through for the Tigers in the eighth as the Lafayette County graduate laced a single through the left side.

However, Mother Nature made sure the Rangers and Tigers stayed an extra day in Poplarville when inclement weather caused the game to be suspended with two runners on in the top of the ninth.

Northeast would get out of the jam as Robertson stepped onto the mound and induced a fielder’s choice back to the pitcher and got Chase Clark to ground into a double play.

Chris Aichinger (Milton, Georgia) reached with one out in the bottom of the ninth but a pop out to third and a line out to short ended the Tigers season.

Northeast had opened the tournament with a 19-1 loss to East Central in five innings after sweeping the Warriors 18-8, 10-0 at Harold T. White Field in Booneville in early March.

Northeast and East Central fought to a 0-0 tie after the first inning but the Warrior offense woke up over the next four times at the plate.

East Central plated four runs in the second and then dropped an eight-run third on the Tigers before wrapping up the opening game of the state tournament with seven runs in its final two at bats.

Northeast was able to scratch across a run in the bottom of the fifth.

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