ICC captures state title

From press reports
FULTON – Itawamba Community College captured its fourth state title in the history of its baseball program Saturday when the fourth-ranked Indians halted Holmes, 17-6 in Raymond. It’s the first state crown for ICC since head coach Rick Collier’s first season at the helm of the Indians in 2003.
Collier’s crew scored a combined 47 runs and 52 hits in sweeping through the three day event without a loss. Itawamba sent 14 batters to the plate in the second inning of the state championship contest and scored nine runs. Clint Alford had a pair of run scoring singles in the frame and scored twice. ICC added four more in the third to make it 13-0 and freshman Will Irvin cruised to his 10th win of the season against just one loss.
“Our bats were on fire the whole tourney against some really good baseball teams,” said Collier, whose team improved to 43-11 on the season. “I sure hope we stay hot this week at the regional and keep getting runners on base.”
Collier added despite his team scoring almost 16 runs a game in the state tourney, it still left 34 men on base. Ladarrius Cole scored 11 runs in the three games in his leadoff spot in the Indians lineup.
ICC will be seeded number one in the four team regional hosted by number one ranked LSU-Eunice. The Indians will face Hinds in the first round Thursday afternoon while Holmes will face the hosts, which have won two of the last three national championships.
The MACJC State Champion Itawamba Community College baseball program is ready to start Region 23 Tournament play, which begins Thursday afternoon in Eunice, LA. The fourth ranked Indians learned Monday morning it will play the first game of the three day event at 3:00 p.m. against Hinds Community College (34-17).

Lisa Voyles