Ostrander reaches 100 wins as JCJC baseball coach

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-04-18 15:43:20

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

FULTON – Christian Ostrander achieved a milestone rather quickly.

The third-year Jones County Junior College head baseball coach recorded his 100th victory with the Bobcats when JCJC defeated Itawamba Community College 12-1 in game two of a doubleheader here Saturday afternoon at Crubaugh Field. JCJC won 36 games in Ostrander’s first year as head coach and 38 games last year.

The Indians took the opener, 3-2.

JCJC is now 26-12 overall and visits Southwest Mississippi Community College for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday. They return home to Community Bank Park for a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Friday vs. East Central Community College.

Itawamba, 22-14, travels to Mississippi Delta on Tuesday.

Bobcats 12, Indians 1

Vito Perna homered and singled three times and Chase Stewart pitched five solid innings to pace the Bobcats.

Itawamba scored in the bottom of the first when John Gatlin and Dillon Mitchell singled and Gatlin would later come home on an error.

It stayed that way until the fourth when the Bobcats scored four runs. Zach Allen drew a one-out walk and Chad Guice followed with a single to right. Perna reached on a single and Nick Ray walked with the bases loaded to score a run. Guice would score on a passed ball and Darion Hamilton followed with an RBI single. Chase Headrick’s groundout scored Ray.

JCJC increased the lead to 8-1 in the fifth. Perna led off the inning with team-leading sixth home run of the season. With one out, Hamilton was hit by a pitch and Headrick followed with a single. Graham Odom then singled. Hamilton then scored on a wild pitch and Ladd Rhodes followed with a two-run single.

The Bobcats took a 10-1 lead in the sixth. Ray doubled to right-center and Headrick drove him in with a single. Ryan Roberts then doubled to score Headrick.

JCJC scored twice in the seventh. Zane Walley led off with a single, Blake Bowman was hit by a pitch and Jon Glaze reached on a fielder’s choice. Perna then singled Walley home and Jarrett Jenkins singled to score Glaze.

Stewart, 1-1, posted his first victory of the year. He gave up five hits, struck out two and walked one. Perna pitched the final two innings, allowed no hits and fanned two.

Headrick and Hamilton each singled twice for Jones, while Ray and Roberts doubled. Guice, Odom, Rhodes, Walley, Jenkins and Allen added singles.

Mitchell singled twice for the Indians. Gatlin, Adam Stalnaker and Matt Belk added singles.

Kaleb Kennedy started, went the first three innings and took the loss. He allowed four runs, five hits and four walks. Bret Jefcoat pitched two innings, gave up four runs, five hits, struck out one and hit a batter. Drew Alford pitched an inning and gave up two runs and three hits. Wes Weaver pitched the final inning and gave up two runs, three hits, struck out one and hit one.

Indians 3, Bobcats 2

Itawamba rallied from a 2-1 deficit with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to win the opener.

ICC took a 1-0 lead in the first when Mitchell homered with one out.

The Bobcats came back to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth. Headrick led off with a single and stole second. Roberts followed with an RBI single to right. Jenkins entered as a courtesy runner for Roberts and was sacrificed to third by Odom. Allen was then hit by a pitch. Rhodes then reached on an error by the shortstop, which allowed Jenkins to score.

But the Indians would come back in the sixth. Mitchell, Jake Smithey and Alford each singled to load the bases. Zach Randolph followed with a single to score Mitchell and Jeremy Ferguson’s fielder’s choice scored Smithey.

Allen reached on a single in the seventh for JCJC, but the Bobcats could not score.

Allen and Headrick had two singles each for the Bobcats, while Odom and Roberts added singles.

Josh Palmer started, went the first four innings, gave up one run, three hits, struck out four and walked one. Tyler Fall pitched an inning and gave up no runs and one hit. Ryan Waters, 3-2, would pitch to two batters, not retire either one and would take the loss. Logan Riddell pitched an inning, gave up two hits and struck out one.

Mitchell homered and singled for ICC, while Smith and Ferguson had two singles each. Alford and Randolph added singles.

Myles Snyder pitched the final two innings and was credited with the win. He allowed two hits. Gatlin started, went two innings, gave up no hits and struck out one. Landon Brister pitched three innings of middle relief, gave up four hits, struck out two and hit one.


Game 1

Jones County (25-12)            000 020 0 – 2 6 1

Itawamba (22-13)                 100 002 x – 3 8 1

Josh Palmer, Tyler Fall (5), Ryan Waters (6), Logan Riddell (6) and Ryan Roberts. John Gatlin, Landon Brister (3), Myles Snyder (6) and Zach Randolph. WP-Snyder. LP-Waters (3-2). JCJC hitters: Zach Allen 2 1B; Chase Headrick 2 1B; Graham Odom 1B; Ryan Roberts 1B. Itawamba hitters: Dillon Mitchell HR, 1B; Jake Smithey 2 1B; Jeremy Ferguson 2 1B; Drew Alford 1B; Zach Randolph 1B.


Game 2

Jones County (26-12)             004 042 2 – 12 16 1

Itawamba (22-14)                  100 000 0 – 1 5 1

Chase Stewart, Vito Perna (6) and Ryan Roberts, Jay Dedeaux (7). Kaleb Kennedy, Bret Jefcoat (4), Drew Alford (6), Wes Weaver (7) and Eathan Flake. WP-Stewart (1-1). LP-Kennedy. JCJC hitters: Vito Perna HR, 3 1B; Darion Hamilton 2 1B; Chase Headrick 2 1B; Nick Ray 2B; Ryan Roberts 2B; Chad Guice 1B; Ladd Rhodes 1B; Graham Odom 1B; Zane Walley 1B; Jarrett Jenkins 1B; Zach Allen 1B. Itawamba hitters: Dillon Mitchell 2 1B; John Gatlin 1B; Adam Stalnaker 1B; Matt Belk 1B.


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