Pitching, timely hitting key Bobcats to sweep of Co-Lin
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-04-10 09:41:45
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – Pitching and clutch hitting were the keys as the Jones County Junior College Bobcats swept the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves here on a warm Saturday afternoon at Community Bank Park.
Vito Perna scattered seven hits and improved to 6-0 as JCJC took the opener, 3-1. In game two, starter Logan Riddell wiggled out of several jams in five-plus innings and Andrew Pierce notched his second save of the year as the Bobcats won, 4-0.
Co-Lin outhit JCJC 7-5 in the opener and 12-7 in the nightcap, but only scored one unearned run on the day.
The Bobcats are now 23-11 overall and lead the South Division with a 10-4 mark. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, who led the league prior to Saturday’s games, was swept at East Central and is now 9-5.
Co-Lin drops to 16-16 overall and 5-9 in the division.
The Bobcats continue division play at Pearl River Community College with a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday. The games will be audiocast on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman on the play-by-play. Airtime is 3:55 p.m.
Co-Lin visits Southwest Mississippi Community College at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Bobcats 3, Wolves 1
Co-Lin leadoff batter Edmund Cheatham was hit by a pitch to start the game and took second on a wild pitch. He advanced to third when Perna tried to pick him off of second base and threw the ball into the outfield and scored when Ladd Rhodes’ throw from centerfield went past third base.
The Bobcats answered with a run in the bottom of the first. Chad Guice drew a one-out walk and scored on Nick Ray’s line drive double into the rightfield corner.
It remained 1-1 until the bottom of the fifth.
Graham Odom led off with a triple down the rightfield line, but was thrown out at home on Zach Allen’s fielder’s choice grounder to second. But Rhodes followed with a double that just landed fair down the leftfield line that scored Allen all the way from first.
Ray then smashed a double to the right-center gap to plate Rhodes with the game’s final run.
Perna gave up the unearned run, walked none and struck out eight as he remained unbeaten on the year. He threw 86 pitches – 66 for strikes. He retired the final eight Wolves’ batters he faced.
Ray doubled twice to lead JCJC, while Odom tripled, Rhodes doubled and Chase Headrick singled.
Brandon Jones pitched effectively in defeat for Co-Lin. He gave up three runs (all earned), five hits, walked one and struck out one.
Will Buckley singled twice for Co-Lin, while Cheatham, Zac Ferguson, Bud Britt, Bryce Guess and Conner Oakes added singles.
Co-Lin had a runner thrown out at the plate in the second, caught stealing in the third and picked off of second base in the fourth.
Bobcats 4, Wolves 0
Co-Lin had baserunners on in every inning, except the seventh as Riddell escaped several jams and Pierce slammed the door at the end.
The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the fourth when Perna led off with an infield single. With one out, Headrick came up and hit a drive down the third base line into the leftfield corner for a double, which scored Perna all the way from first base.
The Bobcats added a run in the fifth when Guice led off with a bunt single. Rhodes sacrificed, but reached base when the catcher made a wild throw, putting runners on second and third with no outs. After a groundout, Ray was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Perna then hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Guice.
JCJC got two more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
With nobody on and two outs, Odom reached on an error. Allen then singled to center. Rhodes followed with an RBI single and Guice was hit by a pitch. Allen would score on a wild pitch.
The Wolves got three singles each in the second and fourth innings, but did not score. In the third inning, Co-Lin got a pair of one-out singles to put runners on first and second.
But Buckley’s grounder up the middle was fielded by Odom at shortstop, who flipped the ball behind his back to Allen at second, who made the relay to Ray at first for an inning-ending double play.
In the sixth, Guess and Coakes started the inning off with singles. The Bobcats then brought in Pierce to relieve Riddell.
Steven Capistran attempted a sacrifice bunt, but Pierce fielded the ball and nailed the lead runner at third base. Jesse Shows then hit a drive to left-center, but Rhodes made an over-the-shoulder catch for the second out of the inning. Pierce then got Cheatham on a groundout to end the frame.
The Wolves went quietly in the seventh.
Riddell went five-plus innings, gave up 12 singles, no walks and struck out one. He got the victory and upped his record to 5-4. Pierce retired all six batters he faced to get his second save.
Allen and Perna each singled twice for JCJC, while Headrick doubled. Rhodes and Odom had singles.
Tyler Copeland went six innings and took the loss. He gave up four runs (one earned), seven hits, walked two and had no strikeouts.
Oakes had three singles for Co-Lin, while Kolby Byrd, Capistran and Shows had two each. Ferguson, Britt and Guess had one single each.
Jones County 3, Co-Lin 1
Co-Lin (16-15, 5-8) 100 000 0 – 1 7 0
Jones County (22-11, 9-4) 100 020 x – 3 5 2
Brandon Jones and Kolby Byrd. Vito Perna and Ryan Roberts. WP-Perna (6-0). LP-Jones. Co-Lin hitters: Willie Buckley 2 1B; Edmund Cheatham 1B; Zac Ferguson 1B; Bud Britt 1B; Bryce Guess 1B; Conner Oakes 1B. JCJC hitters: Nick Ray 2 2B; Graham Odom 3B; Ladd Rhodes 2B; Chase Headrick 1B. T-1:25.
Jones County 4, Co-Lin 0
Co-Lin (16-16, 5-9) 000 000 0 – 0 12 2
Jones County (23-11, 10-4) 000 112 x – 4 7 1
Tyler Copeland and Kolby Byrd. Logan Riddell, Andrew Pierce (6) and Ryan Roberts. WP-Riddell (5-4). LP-Copeland. Sv-Pierce (2). Co-Lin hitters: Conner Oakes 3 1B; Kolby Byrd 2 1B; Steven Capistran 2 1B; Jesse Shows 2 1B; Zac Ferguson 1B; Bud Britt 1B; and Bryce Guess 1B. JCJC hitters: Vito Perna 2 1B; Zach Allen 2 1B; Chase Headrick 2B; Ladd Rhodes 1B; Graham Odom 1B. T-1:33.