The #17 Meridian Community College Eagles returned home to Scaggs Field Tuesday for a doubleheader against East Central Community College. The Eagles enjoyed the return home by picking up a pair of wins. The Eagles won game one 11-1 in 5 innings and won game two 4-1.
The Eagles fell behind early in the first game with the Warriors taking a 1-0 lead. The Eagles responded with six runs in the bottom of the second. Jean Torres got the inning started getting hit by a pitch and came around to score on a single from Banks Tolley. Tyler Lantz followed with an RBI single to make it a 2-1 Eagles lead. The Eagles would load the bases with two outs with Kace Garner stepping up to the plate. Garner ripped a grand slam over the Left Field fence to give the Eagles a 6-1 lead.
The Eagles would add four more in the bottom of the fourth to take a 10-1 lead. Lantz started the inning with a single and came around to score on a single from Hootie Parker. The Eagles would then take advantage of a throwing error to stretch the lead to 8-1. Torres drove in two more with a two-run single to give the Eagles a nine-run advantage.
The Eagles would finish out the run-rule victory when Lantz came in to score on a double from Parker to get the 11-1 win.
Luke Wallner earned the victory on the hill for the Eagles. He surrendered one run on four hits over five innings, striking out four and walking one.
The Eagles would find themselves in a low-scoring pitchers battle in game two. The Warriors scored a run in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead and the score would remain 1-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
Markarius Lee led off the sixth for the Eagles with a walk and advanced to second on a single from Mack Pickering. Garner looped a single over the Shortstop to drive in Lee to tie the game at 1-1. Pickering came in to score on a throwing error to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead. Keegan Westbrook would put the exclamation point on the inning with a two-run homer to give the Eagles the 4-1 lead.
Braden Forsyth came in to close things out for the Eagles. He picked up the save in getting the final three outs. Max Sharp took the win for the Eagles. He allowed zero hits and zero runs over one and two-thirds innings, striking out one and walking zero. Austin Huggins started the game for the Eagles He allowed five hits and one run over four and a third innings, striking out six and walking zero
With the sweep, the Eagles improve to 27-13 overall and 16-10 in MACJC play. The Eagles will conclude the regular season with a doubleheader at Copiah-Lincoln. The Eagles will play Friday, May 3 at 3:00.