The #13 Meridian Community College Eagles went on the road Friday for a key MACJC doubleheader. The Eagles came away with a pair of big wins defeating Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 12-7 in game one and 6-3 in game two.
The Eagles were held scoreless for their first two at-bats before picking up four runs in the third. The Eagles took advantage of four Bulldog errors to pick up a run and have runners on second and third with two outs. Kace Garner then cleared the bases with a three-run homer to give the Eagles a 4-0 lead. The lead would be short-lived as the Bulldogs responded with five runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-4 lead.
The Bulldogs were able to add two more runs in the fourth to take a 7-4 lead. The Eagles responded in the sixth with five runs. Garner led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a single by Donavan Shows. Garner then came in to score on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 7-5. Davis Ferguson came in to score on a passed ball to make it 7-6. Logan Stewart would then tie the game with a single to right. Keegan Westbrook came in on another passed ball to give the Eagles the lead back at 8-7. The Eagles scored one more courtesy of an RBI single from Markarius Lee to take the 9-7 lead.
The Eagles were able to bring two more runs across the plate in the seventh. Shows walked and advanced to third on a single from Ferguson. A sacrifice fly from Jean Torres brought Shows home to stretch the Eagle lead to 10-7. The Eagles would score another run on a passed ball to bring the score to 11-7. The Eagles added a run in the ninth to bring the score to 12-7.
Austin Huggins picked up the victory for the Eagles. He surrendered zero runs on three hits over two and two-thirds innings, striking out two and walking zero. Braden Forsyth and Luke Wallner entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
The Eagles picked up a thrilling comeback win in game two. Trailing 3-1 and down to their final out the Eagles loaded the bases with two outs bringing Hootie Parker to the plate. Parker lined a single into center field bringing in two runs tying the game at 3-3.
The Eagles and Bulldogs would remain tied at 3-3 into the ninth inning. With one out in the inning, Markarius Lee drew a walk. Lee proceeded to steal second and gave the Eagles a runner in scoring position. Parker came up to bat and sent a shot deep over the left field fence to put the Eagles up 5-3. Kace Garner followed with a solo homer to stretch the lead to 6-3. Keegan Westbrook shut the Bulldogs down in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory for the Eagles.
With the sweep, the Eagles improve to 21-8 overall and 10-5 in MACJC play. The Eagles will be back in action Tuesday, April 16 against Northeast Mississippi Community College. First pitch is set for 3:00 at Scaggs Field.