MCC Baseball Sweeps Jones
From School Reports
The Meridian Community College Eagles snapped a five-game winning streak by securing a doubleheader sweep (7-4, 5-2) over Jones County Junior College Tuesday afternoon at Scaggs Field. The Eagles improved to 25-17 with the sweep, while the Bobcats dropped its overall record to 21-14. Meridian will return to the diamond Friday afternoon on the road at Coahoma for a doubleheader scheduled for noon. Jones will return to the field Saturday in a key MACJC South Division doubleheader against Pearl River Community College beginning at 2 p.m.
The Eagles scored all seven of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to run away with the win in the opening game of the doubleheader. The Bobcats scored the first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning and held a 1-0 lead for most of the game. Chad Guice delivered an RBI single for Jones in the fourth inning that scored Tilur Smith to give the Bobcats the lead.
The Eagles struck for seven runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-1 lead over the Bobcats. Gabe Woods drove in the first run of the game for the Eagles on a single to tie the game at 1-1. Former Meridian High standout Dallas Hannah followed with a two-run single to give MCC a 3-1 lead. Hannah led the Eagles at the plate with a pair of base hits. MCC added two more runs in the inning on an infield error by Jones and Brian Donohoe drove in the final run of the game for the Eagles on a double to right field.
Jones added three runs in the final inning, but the late inning rally would fall short as MCC held on for the three-run victory. Zach Allen added a two-run single in the seventh inning for Jones, while Cody Dedeaux added an RBI single in the final frame for the Bobcats. MCC finished the game with six hits and Jones collected nine hits in the loss.
Michael Manley (6-3) picked up the pitching win for Meridian by working six innings and collecting four strikeouts. Jeremy Kidd took the loss out of the bullpen for the Bobcats.
Sophomore Wade Wass smashed a two-run home run in the fifth inning and the Eagles were able to outlast Jones for the doubleheader sweep.
Jones came out early and scored a run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead on an error by the Eagles, but MCC would battle back in the third inning. Johnny Tolson tied the game on an RBI single and Wass followed with a single to left field that plated another run to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Jones answered with a run in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2. Max Wade started the rally for the Bobcats by reaching on a double and later scored on a single by Dedeaux to tie the game at 2-2. The Eagles took the lead right back from the Bobcats in the bottom of the fourth inning with a run to make the score 3-2. Blake Barrow drove a double off the wall in right center field that scored Hannah to give MCC the one-run edge.
The Eagles extended the lead with a two-run homer from Wass in the fifth inning to propel MCC to the doubleheader sweep. The home run by Wass now give the Pensacola, FL native 18 for the season which is number one in the country according to the NJCAA.
Brandon Hallford (1-2) earned the pitching win out of the bullpen for the Eagles, while Caleb DeLee earned his second save of the season. Cody Brewer took the pitching loss in relief for the Bobcats.