Sports briefs 2/14/18

ECCC women’s soccer team to hold open tryout
An open tryout for the 2018 East Central Community College women’s soccer team will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, at the Soccer Complex on the campus in Decatur, announced new head women’s soccer coach Ryan Joiner.


Registration will be held at the soccer field beginning at 1 p.m.

Players will need to bring their own equipment to workout in for the day. All players will have to sign a waiver of liability, bring a current copy of their physical, and fill out a player information sheet in order to tryout.

All prospective players are encouraged to complete the player information sheet ahead of time by visiting the ECCC women’s soccer webpage at www.eccc­ Forms can be e-mailed to Joiner at or can be brought to registration at tryouts on March 4.

ECCC softball opens season with sweep of Coastal Ala.

East Central, ranked No. 10 in the NJCAA Division II Softball Poll, beat the Division I Eagles 8-7 in the opener and came back to take the nightcap 12-4. The Lady Warriors pounded out 24 hits in the two wins, including seven doubles.

In the opener, Coastal Alabama-North had runners on first and third with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning when Eagle Abby Ray was caught stealing home to give East Central the 8-7 win.

East Central trailed 6-5 heading to the top of the fifth inning before scoring three runs to grab the lead for good. Marlee Parkes, Kayla Beckham, and Eva Scott all had RBIs in the fifth.

Mackenzie Johnson collected three RBI in game one, while Scott led ECCC with three hits. Kaitlyn Oswalt went the distance in the circle to pick up her first win of the season.

In the second game, ECCC had five players with two hits, including Parkes, Beckham, Walters, Ali Gartman and Madalyn McMahon. Beckham led the way with three RBI.

Sophomore Mackenzie Rousseau (Vanderbilt Catholic, Houma, La.) got the win in the circle.

With the sweep, ECCC improved to 2-0 on the season, while the Coastal Alabama-North Eagles fell to 1-6.

East Central opens home play on Thursday, Feb. 8, when Division I Calhoun Community College (Tanner, Ala.) visits the Softball Park in Decatur for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

ECCC will host the EC Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 17. The Lady Diamond Warriors will face East Mississippi Community College at 11 a.m. and Hinds Community College a 3 p.m. Hinds and East Mississippi will play at 1 p.m.