No. 10 ECCC baseball Warriors sweep visiting Lake Land Lakers

By ECCC SPORTS INFORMATION,

The East Central Community College Warriors celebrated their 2018 debut in national polls with a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Lake Land College March 7 at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

The Warriors, who were ranked No. 10 in the most recent NJCAA Division II Top 20 poll released March 6, defeated the Lakers from Mattoon, Ill., 10-2 in the opener and 3-2 in the nightcap.

East Central improved to 11-1 on the season.

In the 10-2 opening game win, three East Central pitchers held the Lakers to just four hits and two runs over nine innings. Payton Griffin got the win in relief. The Delta State signee gave up three hits and one run over five and a third innings while striking out eight batters. Thomas Boothe and Austin Braswell gave up just one hit and one run in a combined three and two thirds innings of work on the mound.

East Central used a big bottom of the fifth to pull away. Singles by George Farid and Ken Scott and a Lake Land error loaded the bases. A hit batter brought in one run and a fielder’s choice. Sophomore Jacob Edwards of Decatur, who will play at the University of Southern Mississippi next year, singled in a run before Alex Hay ended the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center to give East Central a 6-2 lead.

A solo homer from Davis Lott in the sixth pushed the score to 7-2. An RBI single by Edwards in the seventh made the score 8-2, and the Warriors added two more runs in the eighth on a Lake Land error and an RBI single from Ryan Cupit.

Zack Hutchison also had an RBI double in the game.

The seven-inning game two was anything but the pitchers’ duel the score might indicate. The teams combined for 16 hits, including 10 by Lake Land, but just five runs.

East Central’s runs came in the second when Hutchison singled and stole second and third before eventually getting home, and in the sixth on an Edwards’ sacrifice fly to center and an RBI single from Hutchison.

Kolby Crowley got the win for the Warriors in game two, while Dylan Marsh got the final out of the game with two runners on base for the save. Crowley will play at the University of North Alabama next year and Marsh at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

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