The #17 Meridian Community College Eagles went on the road Friday for a doubleheader against Copiah-Lincoln Community College. The Eagles picked up a win in game one 17-6 and won game two 8-0. With the two wins, the Eagles clinched a home series in the MACJC playoffs.
The Eagles got off to a quick start in the top of the first. Hootie Parker walked and Kace Garner followed with a two-run homer to put the Eagles up 2-0. The Wolves responded with a pair of runs of their own to tie it up at 2-2. The Eagles responded with three runs in the top of the second. Banks Tolley sent a solo homer over the fence to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead. Markarius Lee reached on a bunt single and came in to score on a double from Mack Pickering. Garner then drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to give the Eagles a 5-2 lead.
The Wolves responded with a solo homer in the third to make it 5-3. Mother Nature then took over the game with a one-hour rain delay. After the rain delay, the Eagles came out swinging hot bats. Tolley led off with a single and came around to score when Houston Parker was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Garner then drove in two with a single. By the end of the half inning, the Eagles held a 10-3 lead.
The Wolves added two to make it 10-5. Back to back doubles from Lee and Pickering gave the Eagles an 11-5 advantage. Pickering came around to score on a wild pitch to stretch the advantage to 12-5. The Eagles would continue to add to the lead. A three-run triple from Parker put the Eagles up 16-6 in the seventh and the Eagles would close out the game with a 17-6 victory.
Luke Files was credited with the victory for the Eagles. He lasted three innings, allowing four hits and three runs while striking out five and walking zero. Max Sharp and Tyler Lantz entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
The Eagles got a leadoff homer from Lee to start game two and that would be all the Eagles needed as the Eagles pitching staff combined for a shutout. David Dunn, Keegan Westbrook, and Braden Forsyth combined to limit the Wolves to two hits and no runs.
The Eagles continued their hot hitting in game two picking up ten hits on the night. Pickering and Tyler Lantz had multiple hits for the Eagles. Jean Torres added a solo homer in the seventh to bolster the Eagles offense.
Dunn picked up the win going five innings, picking up five strikeouts and walking one.
With the sweep, the Eagles conclude the regular season with a 29-13 overall record and 18-10 MACJC record. The Eagles will host a playoff series starting Thursday, May 9 at Scaggs Field. The Eagles will play a single game Thursday with a doubleheader scheduled for Friday. Start times for these games are TBD.