Apr 20, 2019
The #10 Meridian Community College Eagles hosted the #11 Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers in a doubleheader at Scaggs Field. The Eagles picked up a thrilling walk-off 5-4 win in game one. The Eagles dropped game two 6-2.
The visiting Rangers got on board in the top of the first with back to back hits to take a 1-0 lead. The Eagles responded with a single from Mack Pickering. Pickering came around to score on a double from Kace Garner that tied the game at 1-1.
The Eagles picked up a pair of runs in the third to take a 3-1 lead. The big hit in the inning came off the bat of Jean Torres. Torres ripped a triple to right field to score Garner and Donovan Shows. The Eagles stretched the lead to 4-1 in the fifth. Donovan Shows picked up an RBI single to give the Eagles the three-run lead.
The Rangers picked up two runs to make it 4-3 heading into the ninth. The Rangers would tie it at 4-4 in the ninth. The Eagles headed to the plate with the chance to win in walk-off fashion. Pickering led the inning off with a double. Edwin Smith came in to pinch run. Hootie Parker came up to bat and lined a double to right field to score Smith and give the Eagles the 5-4 win.
Braden Forsyth picked up the win for the Eagles. He went one and a third innings. He allowed one hit, issued one walk, and struck out three. Luke Files got the start for the Eagles. He went four and a third and allowed one run on two hits. Austin Huggins and Keegan Westbrook entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
The Rangers again grabbed an early lead in game two. The Rangers picked up runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead. The Eagles answered back in the fourth when Keegan Westbrook came to the plate and sent a two-run homer over the center field fence to tie the game at 2-2.
The Rangers picked up four runs in the top of the fifth to retake the lead 6-2. The Eagles were unable to get any runs over their final three at-bats.
David Dunn took the loss for the Eagles. He lasted four and two-thirds innings, allowing six hits and four runs while striking out four and walking zero.
With the split, the Eagles are now 22-11 overall and 11-8 in MACJC play. The Eagles will be back in action Monday, April 22 at Holmes. This will be one seven-inning game that was originally rained out. The Eagles will then make the trip to Scooba to play a doubleheader against East Mississippi Community College on Wednesday, April 24.