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.

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