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EC/Gulf Coast Softball Squads Split Decisions
 April 15, 2013

East Central Community College’s softball squad split decisions with division leader Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Saturday, April 13 on the Decatur campus.

The Lady Diamond Warriors were outscored 10-2 in the opener but rallied for a 7-3 decision in the second contest.

EC’s record now stands at 26-10 overall and 10-6 in league play. Gulf Coast is 26-7 and 15-3.

Ty Buckley led East Central in the opener, as the Neshoba Central High School product drove in both runs with her two-run homer in the fifth inning.

Other hitters were LaJoya Griffin of Philadelphia, double and single; and Haley Stephens of Union and Lindsey Beard of Clarkdale, two singles each. Griffin also scored.

Mary Sanders of Vidalia, La., took the loss in relief. She allowed four earned runs on five hits through 2 1/3 innings. She is a product of Adams County Christian School. Starter Tenna Patterson went 2 1/3 innings and allowed six earned runs on six hits. Patterson is a product of Lexington (Ala.) High School.

In the second contest, Buckley again led the offense with a three-run homer in the first inning. Karen Chipley of Leake Academy doubled, singled and knocked in a run, and Beard was credited with a two-run double.

Other hitters were Griffin and Morgan Porter of Enterprise, singles each.

Scoring runs in addition to Buckley were Griffin, A. J. Peeler of Neshoba Central, Stephens, Beard, Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville and Laken Fulcher of Nanih Waiya.

Patterson went the distance in picking up the win. She allowed two earned runs on five hits during the seven-inning battle. She also fanned two batters and walked two.

The Lady Diamond Warriors battle division foe Pearl River Community College Monday, April 15. Game times are 3 and 5 p.m. on the Decatur campus.

EC travels to Southwest Mississippi Community College Saturday, April 20. The twin bill gets under way at 1 p.m. on the Summit campus.

The Lady Diamond Warriors are led by head coach Kristin Chaney and assistant Courtney Nunn.

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