ECCC downs EMCC
By By Ryan Satcher/staff writer
Feb. 24, 2002
What a difference a day makes. On Friday East Central Community lost to Jones Junior College and East Mississippi took a big win over the Eagles of Meridian Community College.
On Saturday the results changed for both teams as East Central took an 8-7 extra-inning win over the Lions of East Mississippi in the second day of the Rush Classic at Scaggs Field on the campus of Meridian Community College.
The Warriors blew a 7-2 lead in the final two innings, but came back to put a run on the board and take the win.
The Lions took an early lead in the second inning when J.D. Harbour started the inning with a single. Chase Spencer then hit what looked like a double-play ball but the pitcher fielded the ball and threw wild to second allowing the runner to move to third. Ashley Chism missed a squeeze bunt to get Harbour tagged out, but Spencer hustled all the way from first base to third base during the rundown. Chism made up for the mistake by grounding to second and getting the run in to make the score 1-0.
East Central tied the game up in the top of the third inning. Jake Nester got on with a single and stole second base. Timothy Fieber followed with a groundball to first base. The pitcher was late covering and the runner beat the toss to first. The pitcher then turned and threw the ball trying to get the runner going home. Nester was safe at home as the throw sailed over the catcher's head and to the fence. The run tied the game 1-1.
The Lions took back the lead in the bottom of the third. Wade Whitaker got a two-out single and scored when Chad Carlson's fly to right was dropped for a three-base error. The Lions stranded Perry at third but took the 2-1 lead.
East Central exploded for four runs in the fifth inning. Nester reached on an error. Fieber followed with a single that scored Nester from second. Tyler Rogers followed with a high fly to left field. The leftfielder lost the ball off of the bat and Roger ended up with an unusual RBI triple. Chad Loper knocked in Rogers with a double to make the score 4-2. Adam McCurdy singled in Loper to give East Central a 5-2 lead after five innings of play.
The Warriors added another run in the sixth when Nester scored on a hit by Rogers. They expanded their lead to 7-2 in the seventh inning when Dee Hornsburger doubled and stole third. The throw to third went into the outfield and Hornsburger was able to score easily.
East Mississippi started a come back in the eighth by scoring four runs. Whitaker got a bunt single to start the rally. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases. Harbour walked to allow Whitaker to score and make the score 7-3. A wild pitch brought in Carlson and a single by Chism brought in two more runs and made the score 7-6.
The Lions tied up the game in the ninth. Pinch hitter Kent Lewis started the inning off with a single. He stole second to get into scoring position. Then Drew Powell hit a pop-up that looked like would end the game. The fielder dropped the ball and allowed Lewis to score and tie the game up. The next batter got out and the Lions stranded runners at first and third.
East Central scored to take the lead for good in the 10th when pinch hitter Josh Chaney tripled and scored on a wild pitch. The Lions threatened in the bottom of the 10th but a baserunning mistake cut down one runner and another runner was stranded at second.
East Central moves to 2-4 on the season while the Lions fall to 3-4. East Central will play Meridian Community College at 3 p.m. today and East Mississippi will play Jones Junior College at Noon.