JCJC holds baseball, softball Media Day

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-01-26 16:06:49

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – It was a beautiful afternoon for taking pictures here Wednesday at Community Bank Park.

And the Jones County Junior College baseball and softball teams took advantage of the gorgeous weather to hold their annual “Media Day” activities.

Second-year head softball coach Chris Robinson said the Lady Bobcats are ready to take the field for opening day in two weeks.

“We’ve been pleased with what we’ve seen so far,” said Robinson, who team posted a 16-33 mark in 2010. “We are pleased with what we have seen regarding some areas where we had question marks. We did a good job of recruiting last year and got some help in those areas.

“We are just looking forward to Feb. 9 and a chance to see a different colored jersey.”

Third-year head baseball coach Christian Ostrander said playing in a sparkling new, $2.8 million facility is a big positive after playing every game on the road last year.

“We did well (last year) and all the credit has to go to the players,” he said of the 2010 squad that posted a 38-12 record and captured the MACJC South Division. “We weathered that storm, but it was tough. I remember some days towards that last third of the season where it was really a physical challenge. Anytime you play on the road, you have to get yourself up a little higher and we had to do that for 25 dates.

“But the guys bought in and did those things right. We are just excited this year that our folks will be able to see our style of play on our home field.”

During Media Day, team and individual pictures were taken and the local media, as well as JCJC’s Director of Sports Broadcasting, Lance Pittman, interviewed players and coaches. The “Bobcat Baseball/Softball Media Day Special” will be posted soon on www.jcjc.tv.

The Bobcat teams will open the 2011 season at home in the new facility on Feb. 9.

There will be pregame festivities, including a ribbon cutting event at the entrance of the park at 12:30 p.m. Ceremonial first pitches will be delivered approximately 10 minutes before the start of each baseball and softball game.

On opening day, the baseball Bobcats will host Baton Rouge Community (La.) at 2 p.m., while the Lady Bobcats will entertain Holmes Community College at 2:30 p.m.

There will be free admission for the opening day games at Community Bank Park.

For a complete look at the JCJC baseball and softball rosters and schedules, go to www.jcjc.edu and click on “athletics.”


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