Bobcat pitching staff blanks Bears twice

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-03-26 19:50:06

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – If a baseball team holds their opponent without a run in two games, then they are going to come up with a pair of victories.

That’s exactly what happened with the Jones County Junior College Bobcats as they blanked the Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears twice here Saturday afternoon on a windy day at Community Bank Park.

Vito Perna, Bryce Ladner and Ryan Waters combined on the shutout in the opener, as JCJC won 12-0 in five innings. In game two, freshman Logan Riddell went the distance and tossed a three-hitter, lifting the Bobcats to a 3-0 victory.

Perna would end up getting six hits offensively on the day – three in each game.

The Bobcats are now 17-9 overall and 4-2 in South Division play. SMCC falls to 13-9 overall, 3-5 in the league.

JCJC travels to East Central Community College for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday. The games will be audiocast on with Lance Pittman doing play-by-play. Airtime is 2:55 p.m.

The Bears will go to Mississippi Delta Community College on Wednesday.

Bobcats 12, Bears 0

(5 innings)

Perna went the first four innings and improved his record to 4-0. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out three. Ladner tossed 1/3 of an inning and walked three. Waters got the final two outs, picking up one strikeout.

The Bobcats led 3-0 after one inning, 7-0 after two innings, 9-0 after three and 12-0 after four.

Perna helped his own cause at the plate, getting a double, two singles and driving in five runs. He now has a team-leading 21 RBIs on the year. Zach Allen had two singles, while Ladd Rhodes, Chad Guice, Nick Ray, Darion Hamilton, Chase Headrick and Graham Odom had one single each. Rhodes and Allen each scored three runs, while Guice, Ray and Odom scored two runs each.

German Hays, Kyle Wheeler, Cody Dillard and Luke Gipson each singled for the Bears.

Dylan Gregoire was the starter and loser for SMCC. He went 1 2/3 innings, gave up seven runs (all earned), six hits, four walks and struck out two. Jody Lampton pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowed two earned runs, three hits and one walk. Jawon Jackson went the final inning. He allowed three earned runs, two hits and walked three.

Bobcats 3, Bears 0

Riddell threw 99 pitches in game two – 62 for strikes. He walked only one and struck out seven as he upped his record to 4-3.

The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the first.

Rhodes led off with an infield single and stole second. After Ray walked, Perna executed the hit-and-run to perfection, singling to left to drive in Rhodes.

The Bobcats made it 2-0 in the third.

Ray drew a two-out walk and advanced to third on a wild pickoff attempt by starting pitcher Shelby Johnson. Perna then hit a sharp groundball that hit the third base bag and bounced into leftfield for an RBI single.

The Bobcats’ final run came in the fifth.

Guice led off with a single and one-out later, Perna doubled into the leftfield corner. Guice would then score on a wild pitch.

Perna had the double and two singles for the Bobcats, while Rhodes singled twice. Guice and Allen added singles.

Jackson, Cody Dillard and Austin Terrell each singled for Southwest.

Johnson started, went 4 1/3 innings and took the loss. He gave up three runs (two earned), six hits, walked four and struck out one. Trey Setzer went the final 1 2/3 innings, allowed no runs, one hit, one walk and recorded a strikeout.




Game 1

Jones County 12, Southwest 0

(5 innings)

Southwest (13-8, 3-4)            000 00 – 0 4 1

Jones County (16-9, 3-2)            342 3x – 12 11 0

Dylan Gregoire, Jody Lampton (2), Jawon Jackson (3) and Kyle Wheeler. Vito Perna, Bryce Ladner (5), Ryan Waters (5) and Ryan Roberts. WP-Perna (4-0). LP-Gregoire. Southwest hitters: German Hays 1B; Kyle Wheeler 1B; Cody Dillard 1B; Luke Gipson 1B. JCJC hitters: Vito Perna 2B, 2 1B; Zach Allen 2 1B; Ladd Rhodes 1B; Chad Guice 1B; Nick Ray 1B; Darion Hamilton 1B; Chase Headrick 1B; Graham Odom 1B. T-1:53.


Game 2

Jones County 3, Southwest 0

Southwest (13-9, 3-5)            000 000 0 – 0 3 2

Jones County (17-9, 4-2)            101 010 x – 3 7 1

Shelby Johnson, Trey Setzer (5) and Austin Terrell. Logan Riddell and Ryan Roberts. WP-Riddell (4-3) LP-Johnson. Southwest hitters: Jawon Jackson 1B; Cody Dillard 1B; Austin Terrell 1B. JCJC hitters: Vito Perna 2B, 2 1B; Ladd Rhodes 2 1B; Chad Guice 1B; Zach Allen 1B. T-1:47.


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