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MCC closes in on Central Division title

By Staff
TAKE YOUR TIME MCC's Katie Barnett throws down to first to put out Holmes' Krystal James. PHOTO BY PAULA MERRITT / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Robby Atkinson / staff writer
April 29, 2004
The Meridian Community College fast-pitch softball team started the season with a horrible 17-game losing streak, but now the Lady Eagles are just one game away from clinching the MACJC Central Division championship.
MCC used a great deal of offense on Wednesday afternoon at Northeast Park to take a doubleheader sweep (8-0, 11-2) over Central Division foe Holmes Community College to improve to 17-28 overall and 11-3 in the division.
The Lady Eagles only need one win against Hinds today in a doubleheader at home to claim the outright division championship and head coach Robert Eakins knows his team will need to take care of business.
The doubleheader with Hinds is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Northeast Park today. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, but the games were moved to today due to the Gulf South Conference softball tournament that begins this weekend.
Holmes 0
The Lady Eagles scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to roll to the eight-run win over Holmes in game one. MCC pounded out 11 hits in the game and had eight of the hits in the fourth inning.
Stephanie Choo picked up the pitching win for MCC, tossing five innings and allowing no earned runs. Choo allowed only two hits and collected four strikeouts.
MCC picked up its first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead over the Lady Bulldogs. Emily Watson started the inning by reaching on an infield single and Raleigh Odom followed with a single to put a pair of runners on for the Lady Eagles.
One run crossed the plate on a double steal to give MCC a one-run lead over Holmes. The Lady Eagles put the game away in the fourth inning to take the 8-0 win. Nikki McClaskey led the inning off with a single and scored on an RBI double by J.J. Huggins to give MCC a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Eagles extended the lead moments later on a run-scoring double by Choo to make the score 3-0. MCC continued to mount up the runs as Sheena Evans added a single from the number nine spot in the order to score a run and make the score 4-0.
Jor'Dan Orr added an RBI double in the inning and Katie Barnett had a two-run single to pace the MCC offense in the fourth inning.
MCC 11
Holmes 2
MCC used a five-run fifth inning to take a nine-run win in game two. Holmes took a 1-0 lead in the second inning thanks to a fielder's choice by April Golding that plated Kristin Ables.
MCC fought back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-1 lead over the Lady Bulldogs. Odom led off with a single and Barnett reached on a single to give MCC the scoring opportunity. McClaskey drove in the first run on a single and the second run crossed the plate on a fielder's choice by Orr.
Holmes added a run in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2, but the Lady Eagles put the game away in the third inning. MCC took a 4-2 lead on a single each from Odom and Jessica Lawrence.
The Lady Eagles posted five runs in the fifth inning with one run scoring on a double from Huggins and another on a double from Odom. The big blow of the game came in the final inning as Orr connected on a two-run home run to left.