Bobcats earn split with Meridian

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-03-01 19:53:51

 ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats rallied from a 5-3 deficit to defeat the Meridian Community College Eagles 6-5 in game two of a doubleheader here Tuesday afternoon in game two of a doubleheader at Community Bank Park.

MCC took the opener, 8-4.

The Bobcats, 9-4, will take their first road trip on Friday when they take on Panola Junior College (Texas) and Coahoma Community College at noon and 3 p.m. at Hinds Community College.

Meridian, 9-10, hosts Kaskaskia Community College (Ill.) at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Bobcats 6, Eagles 5

JCJC led 1-0 after one inning and the game was tied 1-1 after three. MCC was up 5-3 after four, 5-4 after five and the game was tied 5-5 after six.

Chad Guice and Zach Allen had two singles each for JCJC, while Vito Perna had a double. Nick Ray, Ladd Rhodes, Darion Hamilton, Jay Bell and Jay Dedeaux added singles. Ray had two RBIs.

Perna pitched two innings in relief to get the victory. He allowed no runs and struck out four. Blake McIlwaiin started, went 3 1/3 innings, allowed four runs (two earned), four hits, walked three and struck out six. Ryan Waters pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowed one earned run, four hits, walked two and struck out two. Bobcat pitchers combined to strike out 12 on the day.

Kenny Roberts homered, doubled and singled for MCC. Hunter Trawick added a home run, while Darren Farmer, Johnny Tolson, Ben Kingsley and Brian Donohoe added singles. MCC hit five home runs on the day.

Josh Lee pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and took the loss. He gave up two runs (one earned), three hits, walked three and struck out two. Michael Manley was the starter and went 3 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs (all earned), five hits, walked three and struck out five. Daniel Allen went 1 1/3 innings in relief, allowed an unearned run, two hits and struck out two.

Eagles 8, Bobcats 4

MCC got three home runs in the opener.

Nine hole hitter Brian Donohoe homered, doubled and singled and drove in two runs for the Eagles. Kenny Roberts homered, doubled and had two RBIs, while Ben Kingsley homered, singled and drove in two runs. Leadoff batter Darren Farmer doubled twice and had two RBIS. Wade Wass, Nolan Thomas and Dustin James each added singles for MCC.

Nick Ray blasted his first home run of the season for the Bobcats, a solo shot. Chad Guice continued his hot hitting with a double, single and two RBIs. Ladd Rhodes, Darion Hamilton and Graham Odom added singles.

Andrew Pierce, 1-1, started and took the loss for JCJC. He went five innings, allowed six runs (four earned), 11 hits, walked one and struck out seven. Tyler Fall pitched 1 2/3 innings, while Jaron Bailey went the final 1/3 inning and gave up one hit.

Thomas was the starter and winner for Meridian. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowed four runs (two earned), four hits, walked three and struck out five. Steven Taylor went the final 2 1/3 innings and got a save. He gave up no runs, two hits, walked none and struck out two.

The Eagles never trailed, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. They led 2-1 after one , 3-1 after two, 4-1 after three, 6-2 after four and 6-4 after five. MCC scored two runs in the top of the sevenths.

 

Game 1

Meridian 8, Jones County 4

Meridian (9-9)            211 200 2 – 8 12 1

Jones County (8-4)             100 120 0 – 4 6 4

WP-Nolan Thomas. LP-Andrew Pierce (1-0). Sv-Steven Taylor. Meridian hitters: Brian Donohoe HR, 2B, 1B; Kenny Roberts HR, 2B; Ben Kingsley HR, 1B; Darren Farmer 2 2B; Wade Wass 1B; Nolan Thomas 1B; Dustin James 1B. JCJC hitters Chad Guice 2B, 1B; Nick Ray HR; Ladd Rhodes 1B; Darion Hamilton 1B; Graham Odom 1B. T-2:05.

 

Game 2

Jones County 6, Meridian 5

Meridian (9-10)             001 310 0 – 5 8 1

Jones County (9-4)             100 211 1 – 6 10 3

WP-Vito Perna. LP-Josh Lee. Meridian hitters: Kenny Roberts HR, 2B, 1B; Hunter Trawick HR; Darren Farmer 1B; Johnny Tolson 1B; Ben Kingsley 1B; Brian Donohoe 1B. JCJC hitters: Chad Guice 2 1B; Zach Allen 2 1B; Vito Perna 2B; Ladd Rhodes 1B; Nick Ray 1B; Darion Hamilton 1B; Jay Bell 1B; Jay Dedeaux 1B. T-2:38.

 

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