Berry’s three-hitter lifts EMCC to split at MCC4
Blayze Berry’s three-hitter lifted visiting East Mississippi Community College to a doubleheader split with Meridian Friday at Scaggs Field. EMCC’s 12-1 nightcap win over the Eagles countered MCC’s 13-2 opening-game victory over the Lions.
With both games having been decided by the MACCC’s run-rule margin of 10 or more runs after five innings of play, EMCC scored 12 unanswered runs to earn the split after Meridian plated 13 straight runs to close out the opener.
On the heels of their opening-game setback, the Lions turned the tables on the Eagles in the second contest after Meridian took a short-lived 1-0 lead. EMCC reached MCC starting pitcher JT Etheridge for a pair of runs in both the second and third innings to gain early control of the nightcap. Trey Trosclair followed up his leadoff homer in the second – his fifth of the year – with a run-scoring single a frame later to give the visitors a 4-1 lead.
The Lions continued to give Berry plenty of run support with a five-run fourth inning keyed by Coby Holmes’ three-run blast – his fifth homer of the season – plus three more insurance runs a frame later to reach the run-rule margin.