Lions fall twice to Three Rivers

By By Jeff Byrd / staff writer
March 20, 2002
SCOOBA Just three days after giving up 28 runs to Meridian Community College, Three Rivers Community College found its pitching and defense on Tuesday.
The Missouri-based Raiders took two games from homestanding East Mississippi Community College winning game one 7-4 and then the second by a 6-3 score. The losses drop the Lions to 7-12 on the season.
EMCC head coach Bill Baldner was upset his team blew a chance to get within a game of .500 had they pulled off a sweep.
Three Rivers CC 7
East Mississippi 4
In game one, Three Rivers snapped a scoreless tie by scoring four runs in the third inning off Hill, the EMCC starting pitcher. Kurt Humphrey had the key two-run double for the Raiders while Deray Ivy had a run-scoring single.
Three Rivers added three more runs in the fourth to go up 7-1. Derec Cunningham and Josh Curry both drove in runs for the Raiders.
EMCC got two back in its half of the fourth. J.D. Harbour and Ashley Chism had the RBIs.
Going to the bottom of the seventh, the Lions trailed 7-4. They loaded the bases with one out after Ben Mason drew a walk. On a 3-2 count, Harbour lined a shot right at the Three Rivers shortstop. The easy run to second doubled up the Lion runner to end the game.
Derek Link went four innings to grab the win for Three Rivers. Hill took the loss. Wade Whitaker had two hits to pace EMCC.
Three Rivers 6
East Mississippi 3
It was a 1-1 game heading to the fifth when a costly infield error helped Three Rivers score two runs and grab a 3-1 lead.
It stayed that way until the seventh when the Raiders got three more runs, all with two out.
Chris McClain drove in the first run on a single. Then Gilberto Valdez turned on a fastball for a two-run homer and a 6-1 lead.
The Lions, who stranded a runner off third in both the fourth and sixth innings, finally got something going in the seventh. They loaded the bases with no out. Whitaker knocked in a run off a sacrifice fly to center to make it 6-2.
Todd Harcrow, who had two hits but was the one left stranded at third, extended the game by drawing a bad throw on a grounder to third. The error plated another run to make it 6-3. The next batter popped out to end the game.
Frank Dimino took the loss for EMCC.

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