ICC softball gets high­est rank­ing

Starkville Daily News - - SCORECARD -

FUL­TON – Af­ter start­ing the sea­son un­ranked, the Itawamba Community College softball team sky­rock­eted into the na­tional spotlight af­ter sweep­ing No. 1 Jones County Ju­nior College to earn the pro­gram’s high­est-ever rank­ing at No. 4 spot in last week’s Na­tional Ju­nior College Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion DII Softball poll.

Other MACJC teams join­ing the In­di­ans (31-7, 22-2 MACJC) in the rank­ings in­clude: No. 6 Jones County (38-3, 22-2 MACJC); No. 15 East Cen­tral Community College (29-9, 16-8 MACJC); No. 19 North­east Mis­sis­sippi Community College (23-18, 14-10 MACJC).

Des Moines Area (28-0) takes over the No. 1 spot in the coun­try. The In­di­ans dropped a pair of one-run games to the Bears dur­ing spring break.

The In­di­ans cur­rently hold the top spot in the con­fer­ence hold­ing the head-to-head tiebreaker over Jones County with dou­ble­head­ers against Coa­homa Community College (0-26, 0-24 MACJC) and Merid­ian Community College (11-22, 9-15 MACJC) left on the sched­ule.

The MACJC best-of-three se­ries is sched­uled for Fri­day, April 27 and Satur­day, April 28. If the In­di­ans earn the reg­u­lar sea­son con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship and win their vest-of-three se­ries they will host the MACJC State Tour­na­ment Fri­day, May 4 through Sun­day, May 6 in Ful­ton.

The In­di­ans’ 6-1 Game 2 win over East Mis­sis­sippi Community College (17-24, 13-13 MACJC) on Tues­day se­cured the pro­gram’s sev­enth-straight sea­son with 30 or more wins. ICC split with Mis­sis­sippi Gulf Coast Community College (16-12, 11-9 MACJC) at Harrison Cen­tral High School in Gulf­port on Fri­day af­ter drop­ping Game 1 7-4 be­fore re­bound­ing to pick u! p a 3-0 win in Game 2.

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