Pitching, defense key Bobcats to sweep of EMCC

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-02-12 20:49:08

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College relied on the old baseball standbys of pitching and defense to sweep East Mississippi Community College here on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Community Bank Park.

Vito Perna and Ryan Waters combined on a six-hitter in game one to lead JCJC to a 5-1 victory over the Lions. In game two, Logan Riddell tossed a complete-game, four-hitter, lifting the Bobcats to a 2-1, eight-inning decision.

The Bobcat defense turned in several sterling plays in the field all afternoon. They only committed one error in the opener and played errorless baseball in the nightcap.

The Bobcats (2-1) return home for a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday against Faulkner State Community College (Ala.). Faulkner State advanced to the NJCAA Division I World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., in 2010.

The twinbill begins at 2 p.m. and both contests will be available via audiocast on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman on the call. Airtime is 1:55 p.m.

East Mississippi (0-6) travels to Co-Lin on Tuesday.

Bobcats 5, Lions 1

Waters, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound sophomore from Luling, La., entered in relief of Perna in the top of the fourth. He ended up going four innings, allowing three hits and striking out four. Waters (1-0) allowed no runs and got credit for the win – the school’s first-ever victory in the new stadium.

The Bobcats struck first in the second inning. Darion Hamilton led off with a walk and Chad Guice followed with a single. Chase Headrick drove in a run with a single and Graham Odom would deliver a clutch, two-out, two-run single to right to make it 3-0.

The Lions answered with a run in the top of the third. Tyler Bonaventure doubled and eventually scored on Connor Cox’s hard grounder, which deflected off of Perna and went to Zach Allen at second base. Allen made the play to retire Cox at first.

Allen then made a diving stop to his right of a Stephen Hudson grounder and threw him out to end the inning.

The Bobcats added two runs in the fourth. Guice led off with a single and would advance all the way to third base on a wild pickoff attempt. Headrick then launched a deep drive to left that Ratcliff reached over the wall to catch. But the sacrifice fly drove in Guice to make it 4-1.

Jay Dedeaux then singled and Zane Walley followed with a single. Odom’s ground out to short would score a run.

Guice singled twice for JCJC, while Odom, Headrick, Walley and Dedeaux added singles. Odom had three RBIs in the game.

Perna started on the hill, went three-plus innings and gave up three hits and three walks.

Mitch Bohon and Ratcliff had two singles each for the Lions. Bonaventure had a double and Stephen Hudson singled.

Blake Hutcheson went five innings and took the loss for EMCC. The lefthander allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one. Zane Migues pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth for EMCC.

Bobcats 2, Lions 1 (8 innings)

The game was tied 1-1 entering the bottom of the eighth when Guice led off with a single. With one out, Tre Keyes was hit by a pitch.

Ryan Roberts then lifted a single to right-center field. The Lion defenders overran the ball and Guice scored the winning run.

On the mound, Riddell (1-0) was outstanding for the Bobcats. He retired the first nine Lions in a row before Tyler Aldridge singled to start the fourth. Riddell, a freshman from Kenner, La., allowed just four hits, walked none and fanned five.

JCJC took a 1-0 lead in the second when Headrick led off with a bunt single, stole second, took third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Roberts.

EMCC would tie it in the fourth when Aldridge singled and was sacrificed to second by Ratcliff. Bonaventure singled to advance the runner and Aldridge eventually would score on a passed ball.

The Lions had an opportunity to take the lead in the sixth when Ratcliff doubled and took third on a passed ball. But Riddell caught a pop up from Aldridge and Odom made a sliding stop of a grounder and gunned down Hilton Gibson on a bang-bang play to end the inning.

The Bobcats had a chance to win it in the seventh when Odom doubled just inside the right field line to lead off the inning. EMCC brought Jake Upton in the game to relieve starter Justin Pritchett.

He got Allen on a fly out, but a wild pitch sent Odom to third. After Blake Bowman was intentionally walked, Perna tried to squeeze Odom home. But Upton fielded the ball and tossed to catcher Noah Greer, who applied the tag for the second out. Upton then got Hamilton to ground out to end the inning.

Headrick singled twice for the Bobcats, while Odom doubled. Roberts, Guice, Hamilton and Allen had singles. Roberts had both RBIs for the Bobcats.

Ratcliff doubled for EMCC, while Aldridge, Bonaventure and Aaron Brady had singles.

Pritchett started, went 6-plus innings, allowed one run on five hits and struck out one. He walked one and hit two. Upton went the final 1 1/3 innings and took the loss. He gave up two hits, struck out one, hit one and walked one.




Jones County 5, East Mississippi 1

East Mississippi (0-5)            001 000 0 – 1 6 1

Jones County (1-1)                        030 200 x – 5 6 1

Blake Hutcheson, Zane Migues (6) and Noah Greer; Vito Perna, Ryan Waters (4) and Jay Dedeaux. WP-Waters (1-0). LP-Hutcheson. 2B-Tyler Bonaventure (E). Multiple hits-Mitch Bohon 2 (E), Antwan Ratcliff 2 (E); Chad Guice 2 (JC). T-1:47.


Jones County 2, East Mississippi 1 (8 innings)

East Mississippi (0-6)            000 100 00 – 1 4 1

Jones County (2-1)                         010 000 01 – 2 7 0

Justin Pritchett, Jake Upton (7) and Noah Greer; Logan Riddell and Ryan Roberts. WP-Riddell  (1-0). LP-Upton. 2B-Antwan Ratcliff (E); Graham Odom (JC). Multiple hits-Chase Headrick 2 (JC). T-1:58.




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