Perna keys Bobcats to split with Pearl River

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-03-19 20:03:45

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – Vito Perna came up big for the Jones County Junior College Bobcats in the baseball version of the “Catfight” against the Pearl River Community College Wildcats.

Perna had three singles, drove in two runs and pitched the Bobcats to a 6-2 victory in game one on a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon before a large crowd here at Community Bank Park. In game two, he added two more hits, including a home run, but the Wildcats prevailed, 5-3.

The Bobcats are now 15-8 overall, 2-2 in South Division play. Pearl River is now 14-6 overall, 1-1 in league play.

The Bobcats will host Baton Rouge Community College (La.) in one, nine-inning contest at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in a makeup game. The second game of the JCJC vs. BRCC twinbill on Feb. 9 was rained out. Tuesday’s game will air live via audiocast on Lance Pittman will handle the play-by-play with a 4:55 p.m. airtime.

Pearl River goes to Southwest at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Bobcats 6, Wildcats 2

JCJC got an error and then hit five straight singles to score three runs in the bottom of the first. Chad Guice reached on an error and Nick Ray followed with a single. Perna then had an RBI single and Darion Hamilton followed with a run-scoring single. Chase Headrick then had a deep drive to center that ended up being a single, but the Wildcats threw Bobcat courtesy runner Jarrett Jenkins out at home plate on the play.

Jay Dedeaux then singled to score Hamilton, but Headrick was thrown out trying to advance to third base.

Pearl River got a run back in the second when Dakota Baker was hit by a pitch and Grae Orman doubled into the leftfield corner. Chase Lewallen then hit a foul ball that was caught by leftfielder Guice, but Baker came home on the sacrifice fly.

The Bobcats then got two more runs in the bottom of the second. Graham Odom reached on an infield single and stole second. He scored on Guice’s single to left. Perna would then drive in Guice with another single.

The Wildcats made it 5-2 in the third. Williams reached on an error and would score on a two-out triple by B.J. Smith.

JCJC closed the scoring in the fifth. Perna led off with a single and Jenkins entered as a courtesy runner. He stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and would eventually score on another wild pitch.

Perna went 5 1/3 innings, allowed two runs (one earned), four hits, walked two and struck out five. The West Jones freshman is now 3-0 on the season. Ryan Waters pitched 2/3 of an inning with a strikeout and Andrew Pierce came on to pitch the seventh. Pierce threw five pitches and retired the side in order.

Buck Bernard started and took the loss. He went 1 2/3 innings, allowed five runs (three earned) and seven hits. Josh Hubbell tossed 3 1/3 innings, gave up one earned run, four hits, walked one and fanned two. Hunter Curtis pitched the final inning and did not allow a runner.

Perna had the three singles to pace JCJC at the plate, while Headrick singled twice. Guice, Ray, Hamilton, Dedeaux, Odom and Zach Allen each had a single.

Smith tripled for the Wildcats, while Orman doubled and Matthew Magee and Lewallen had singles.

Wildcats 5, Bobcats 3

JCJC had plenty of opportunities in game two, but stranded 14 baserunners. They had baserunners in every inning, left the bases loaded in the third and fourth innings and left two runners on in the first, second and fifth innings.

Pearl River took a 2-0 lead in the third when Smith led off with a walk and Orman singled. James Abraham attempted to sacrifice the runners, but the Bobcats threw the ball away, allowing Smith to score. Aaron Lee’s sacrifice fly to right then scored Orman.

JCJC made it 2-1 in the bottom of the second when Ryan Roberts singled and was replaced by Jenkins as a courtesy runner. He advanced two bases on a pair of wild pitches and would score on a sacrifice fly by Ladd Rhodes.

Perna then tied the game with a one-out home run to left in the third. It was his team-leading, third home run of the season.

But the Wildcats came back with three runs in the top of the fourth. Abraham doubled and Lewallen followed with a single. Lee’s infield singled scored Abraham. Chase Toussaint sacrificed the runners and with two outs, Williams singled to left to score Lewallen and Abraham.

The Bobcats got their final run in the bottom of the fourth when Rhodes led off with a double inside the bag at first. Ray’s double to left-center would score Rhodes. The Bobcats would get a pair of walks in the inning to load the bases, but a groundout ended the threat.

Perna homered and singled for JCJC, while Rhodes doubled and singled and Roberts singled twice. Ray had a double with Guice and Allen adding singles.

Magee singled three times for PRCC. Abraham added a double, while Williams, Orman, Lewallen and Lee had singles.

Logan Riddell started and pitched effectively, but took the loss for the Bobcats. He went six innings, gave up five runs (three earned), seven hits and walked two. He had seven strikeouts and saw his record fall to 3-3. Jaron Bailey pitched final inning and gave up one hit.

Pearl River ended up using five pitchers on the day. Starter Robert Marzoni went 3 1/3 innings, allowed three earned runs, seven hits, walked three and struck out one. Beau Underwood then pitched 1/3 of an inning and got credit for the win. He allowed two walks and struck out one. Taylor Byrd tossed 2/3 of an inning, walked two and struck out one. Curtis went 1 2/3 innings and allowed one hit.

Jared Bond pitched the seventh inning and got a save. He gave up one hit and struck out one.





Game 1

Jones County 6, Pearl River 2

Pearl River (13-6, 0-1 division)             011 000 0 – 2 4 3

Jones County (15-7, 1-1 division)320 010 x – 6 11 1

Buck Bernard, Josh Hubbell (2), Hunter Curtis (6) and Jordan Williams. Vito Perna, Ryan Waters (6), Andrew Pierce (7) and Jay Dedeaux. WP-Perna (3-0). LP-Bernard. Pearl River hitters: B.J. Smith 3B; Grae Orman 2B; Matthew Magee 1B; Chase Lewallen 1B. JCJC hitters: Vito Perna 3 1B; Chase Headrick 2 1B; Chad Guice 1B; Nick Ray 1B; Darion Hamilton 1B; Jay Dedeaux 1B; Graham Odom 1B; Zach Allen 1B. T-1:48.


Game 2

Pearl River 5, Jones County 3

Pearl River (14-6, 1-1 division)            020 300 0 – 5 8 0

Jones County (15-8, 1-1 division            011 100 0 – 3 9 1

Robert Marzoni, Beau Underwood (4), Taylor Byrd (4), Hunter Curtis (5), Jared Bond (7) and Jordan Williams. Logan Riddell, Jaron Bailey (7) and Ryan Roberts. WP-Underwood. LP-Riddell (3-3). Pearl River hitters: Matthew Magee 3 1B; James Abraham 2B; Jordan Williams 1B; Grae Orman 1B; Chase Lewallen 1B; Aaron Lee 1B. JCJC hitters: Vito Perna HR, 1B; Ladd Rhodes 2B, 1B; Ryan Roberts 2 1B; Nick Ray 2B; Chad Guice 1B; Zach Allen 1B. T-2:20.


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