Northeast baseball earns first win of season

Northeast Mississippi Community College baseball team picked up its first win of the year as the Tigers knocked off Wallace State (Ala.)-Hanceville in a rare nine-inning affair on Sunday, February 20.
Northeast (1-3) scored its first victory of the 2011 season as sophomore Blake Powelltoed the rubber for eight scoreless innings against the Lions picking up the 2-0 win as fellow Tennessee product Daymon Eriksen came on in relief and shut the door on Wallace State-Hanceville in the ninth.
Northeast’s nine-inning affair was one of just three scheduled nine-inning games for the Tigers in 2011.
Northeast will play Wallace State-Hanceville in a nine-inning affair to kick of the two teams’ doubleheader on Thursday, February 24 and while the Tigers are scheduled to play Jackson State (Tenn.) Community College in a nine-inning game to begin that doubleheader on April 11 in Jackson, Tenn.
Northeast was able to scratch across a run in the top of the second as Powell held the Lion bats in check.
Jacob Long got Northeast on the board early in the opener when the Northeast freshman connected on an RBI single that staked the Tigers to a 1-0 advantage.
Northeast added an insurance run in the fourth when Will Wallis drove in the Tigers’ second run of the contest with a ground out.
Two runs was all that Powell needed in notching the Tigers first victory and the Northeast sophomore kept the Lions in check offensively before handing pitching duties over to Eriksen late in the contest.
Wallace State-Hanceville extracted revenge in the nightcap as the Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Tigers and held on for a 2-1 split.
Wallace State-Hanceville added a run in its first at bat of the second game and tacked on an insurance run in the fourth before Northeast was able to break the shutout with a digit in the sixth.
Northeast and Wallace State-Hanceville return to the diamond as the Lions pay a return trip to Booneville on Thursday, February 24 in a nine-inning, seven-inning doubleheader against the Tigers. First pitch at Harold T. White Field at Booneville City Park is set for noon.