These student-athletes from Neshoba County are members of the 2014 East Central Community College fast-pitch softball team. From left are utility player Anna Katherine Nowell (2) and first baseman Ty Buckley (23), both of Philadelphia. Nowell is a graduate of Leake Academy and Buckley is a product of Neshoba Central High School.
These student-athletes from Neshoba County are members of the 2014 East Central Community College fast-pitch softball team. From left are utility player Anna Katherine Nowell (2) and first baseman Ty Buckley (23), both of Philadelphia. Nowell is a graduate of Leake Academy and Buckley is a product of Neshoba Central High School.
After cruising to a 5-0 decision in the opener, East Central Community College's fast-pitch softball squad was edged 2-1 in the nightcap of a non-division doubleheader with Holmes Community College last Wednesday on the Goodman campus.

Ty Buckley belted two doubles and collected two RBIs to lead the offense in the first game. Buckley is a sophomore first baseman and product of Neshoba Central High School.

Haley Stephens also recorded multiple hits, as the sophomore third baseman from Union belted two singles.

Kendra Wilson went the distance to record the shutout victory. She allowed two hits, fanned six batters and walked two in the seven-inning battle.

In the second contest, Kelly homered for the Lady Diamond Warriors' lone run.

Porter contributed two doubles and Holsonback had two singles. Buckley singled.

Kelly took the loss despite not allowing an earned run. She gave up six hits and fanned a batter.

The Lady Diamond Warriors are now 7-1.

Tennis

East Central Community College's tennis squads dropped decision to Jones County Junior College in matches played Tuesday, Feb. 18 on the Ellisville campus.

The Lady Diamond Warriors were blitzed 8-0 and the Warriors fell 8-1.

In women's singles, Hannah Smith of Leake Academy fell to Anna Ready, 6-3, 6-0; Alana Turner of Florence lost to Jenna Hegwood, 6-2, 6-2; Amber Pierce of Leake Academy fell to Brenda Hegwood, 6-2, 6-3; Nan Hartness of Winston Academy lost to Krissy Stutts, 6-0, 6-0; Katlyn Patrick of Forest fell to Elizabeth Wright, 6-0, 6-0; and Lauren Peterson of Forest was defeated by Brooke Martin, 6-0, 6-1.

In women's doubles, Turner and Pierce fell to Anna Ready/Jenna Hegwood, 8-0; Peoples and Hartness were edged by Brenda Hegwood/Martin, 9-7; and Peterson and Patrick were blitzed by Stutts/Wright, 8-0.

Brandon St. Clair of Newton County was the winner for EC, as he defeated Ryan Young, 6-4, 4-6 (10-6).

In other singles results, Juan Miranda of Morton fell to Graham Lightsey, 6-2, 6-1; Daniel Giles of Union lost to Eric Swisher, 6-3, 6-1; Javon Yarbrough of Louisville fell to Josiah Lim, 6-3, 4-6 (10-6); Ethan Rigdon of Union lost to Ryan Young, 6-1, 6-0; and Tanner Moore of Winston Academy fell to Caleb Byrd, 6-2, 6-4.

Baseball

Home runs by Dylan Little, Ben Cooley and Lane Fazende helped lift East Central Community College to an 8-4 victory over Northwest Mississippi Community College in the first of two contests held Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur.

The visiting Rangers responded with a 10-4 decision in the nightcap to earn a split of the non-division matchups.

Fazende also contributed a double and led the squad with two RBIs. The freshman outfielder/right-handed pitcher is a product of Pearl River High School. Cooley added a single to his totals for the opener.

Zach May and Ryan Ward were also credited with multiple hits. May belted two singles and knocked in a run. The sophomore

Ward collected two singles. He is a freshman right-handed pitcher/infielder from Madison Ridgeland Academy.

Conner West picked up the win. The sophomore right-hander from Taylorsville allowed one hit and no earned runs during his two-inning appearance. He fanned three batters and walked one.

Southpaw Cory Kitchens went six innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits. Kitchens is a product of Heidelberg Academy.

Nick Wilson hurled one inning and allowed one earned run on one hit. The Terry High School product also walked two batters.

In the nightcap, Thrower led the EC offense with a double and single. He was also credited with an RBI.

Other hitters were Little, Bush and Kyle McCullough of Madison Ridgeland Academy, singles each.

Bush took the loss, allowing three earned runs on three hits in one-third inning of work. He fanned a batter and walked one.

Fazende went two-thirds of an inning and fanned a batter.

Kale Fultz was on the mound for five innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits.

Will Myers went one inning and allowed one earned run on one hit. He also fanned three batters and walked one. Myers is a southpaw from Leake Academy.