Lady Bobcats improve to 21-5 with sweep of Hinds
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-03-24 20:36:29
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College was hoping for a sweep heading into Thursday’s softball doubleheader against Hinds Community College here at Community Bank Park.
The Lady Bobcats got what they wanted by defeating the Lady Eagles, taking the opener, 10-5, and getting a three-hit shutout from Lauren Candies to win game two, 8-0 in six innings.
The victories improve JCJC to 21-5 overall, 5-3 in South Division play. Hinds drops to 5-17 overall, 0-10 in the league.
The Lady Bobcats will entertain No. 10-ranked Co-Lin Community College in an important division twinbill on Saturday. Co-Lin will enter play with a 15-9 overall record, 3-3 in the league.
The contests will begin at noon and the games will be audiocast on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman on the call. Airtime is 11:55 a.m.
Hinds hosts LSU-Eunice on Saturday.
Lady Bobcats 10, Lady Eagles 5
JCJC got 12 hits in the contest to overcome four errors.
Ginger Lonergan went the distance and got the victory to improve to 10-1. She scattered 12 hits, walked none and struck out eight.
JCJC took a 4-0 lead in the second with Heidi Garcich and K.T. Perkins getting singles and Mallory Cowart getting hit by a pitch. Haley Brooke Smith had an RBI single and Alex Faciane had a two-run single. Shannon Mosley then squeezed a run home.
The Lady Bobcats made three straight errors in the fourth, which led to a Hinds’ run.
JCJC then went up 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth with Kayla McDaniel and Cowart getting singles. Mosley had an RBI single and Cowart scored on an error.
Hinds made it 6-2 in the fifth when Mackenzie Pettit doubled and Revin Cameron had an RBI single. A diving catch by centerfielder Garcich prevented any further damage.
The Lady Bobcats responded with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Garcich and Perkins had singles and Cowart ripped a two-run double to score both of them.
Hinds then trimmed the lead to 8-5 with a three-run sixth. Skyla Meek and Erica Johns had singles and Pettit, Courtney Carson and Cameron followed with run-scoring singles.
JCJC closed the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Faciane walked and Mosley and Stacia Whitaker followed with singles. Jessmar Walters had a sacrifice fly to score Faciane and Garcich’s groundout scored Mosley.
Cowart doubled and singled to lead JCJC, while Smith, Mosley, Garcich and Perkins had two singles each. Faciane, Whitaker and McDaniel added singles.
Johns had three singles for Hinds, while Pettit doubled and singled. Cameron and Robinson had two singles each, while Carson, Meek and Jessica Killebrew added singles.
Courtney Carson started, went five innings and took the loss. She gave up eight runs (seven earned), 11 hits, walked two and struck out one. Mallory Hall pitched to two batters and did not retire a Lady Bobcat. Whitney Patterson got the final three outs.
Lady Bobcats 8, Lady Eagles 0
Candies allowed only one runner to reach second base as she upped her record to 11-4. She walked none and struck out six.
The Lady Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the second when Whitaker led off with a walk and advanced on a fielder’s choice by Walters. A bunt single by Garcich put runners on first and third and Perkins’ sacrifice fly to right drove in the run.
It remained that way until the fifth when the Lady Bobcats scored six times to take a 7-0 lead. McDaniel led off with a walk and Cowart followed with a bunt single. Smith’s single then scored a run. Mosley’s bunt single scored Cowart and Smith would score on a throwing error. Whitaker drew a walk and Walters followed with an RBI single. Garcich’s groundout scored another run and Perkins then had an RBI single.
JCJC ended the game with a run in the sixth. Cowart and Smith singled and Faciane walked to load the bases. Mosley then ripped a single to center to score Cowart.
Cowart had a triple and two singles to lead the 13-hit attack. Smith, Mosley and Garcich each had two singles, while Faciane, Whitaker, Walters and Perkins added singles.
Hall singled twice for Hinds, while Johns had one single.
Aycock went 4 1/3 innings and took the loss. She allowed six earned runs, eight hits, walked two and struck out two. Patterson went 2/3 of an inning and gave up five hits, allowed two walks and struck out one.
Hinds (5-16, 0-9) 000 113 0 – 5 12 1
Jones County (20-5, 4-3) 040 222 x – 10 13 4
Courtney Carson, Mallory Hall ((6), Whitney Patterson (6) and Mackenzie Pettit. Ginger Lonergan and Jessmar Walters. WP-Lonergan (10-1). LP-Carson. Hinds hitters: Erica Johns 3 1B; Mackenzie Pettit 2B, 1B; Revin Cameron 2 1B; Kayla Robinson 2 1B; Carson 1B; Skyla Meek 1B; Jessica Killebrew 1B. JCJC hitters: Mallory Cowart 2B, 1B; Haley Brooke Smith 2 1B; Shannon Mosley 2 1B; Heidi Garcich 2 1B; K.T. Perkins 2 1B; Alex Faciane 1B; Stacia Whitaker 1B; Kayla McDaniel 1B. T-1:50.
Hinds (5-17, 0-10) 000 000 – 0 3 1
Jones County (21-5, 5-3) 010 061 – 8 13 0
Rudi Aycock, Whitney Patterson (5) and Mallory Hall. Lauren Candies and Jessmar Walters. WP-Candies (11-4). LP-Aycock. Hinds hitters: Mallory Hall 2 1B; Erica Johns 1B. JCJC hitters: Mallory Cowart 3B, 2 1B; Haley Brooke Smith 2 1B; Shannon Mosley 2 1B; Heidi Garcich 2 1B; Alex Faciane 1B; Stacia Whitaker 1B; Jessmar Walters 1B; K.T. Perkins 1B. T-1:27.