Perkins' home run lifts Lady Bobcats to split with Pearl River

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-04-22 18:51:11

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – K.T. Perkins hit a leadoff, inside the park home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift 17th-ranked Jones County Junior College to a 4-3 victory over Pearl River Community College Friday afternoon at Community Bank Park in game two of a doubleheader.

The Lady Wildcats took the opener, 3-0.

The Lady Bobcats end the regular season with a 32-12 overall record and 16-8 in South Division play. JCJC has doubled its win total from 2010 – the Lady Bobcats went 16-33 last year.

They will be the third-seed from the division in the MACJC State Tournament on April 28-29 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. They will face the second-place team from the North Division – Itawamba Community College – at a time to be announced on Thursday. The state tournament will be an eight-team, single elimination event.

Pearl River is now 20-20 overall and 12-12 in the league. The Lady Wildcats will be the fourth seed from the South Division.

MGCCC will be the top seed out of the South, followed by East Central, JCJC and Pearl River. East Mississippi swept Itawamba on Friday to claim the North top spot. Itawamba is second, while Northeast, Northwest and Mississippi Delta are still in contention for the final two spots.

A win in the state tournament would assure the Lady Bobcats a berth in the Region 23 Tournament on May 5-7 in Clinton. The top two teams from the six-team, double-elimination regional tournament will go to the NJCAA Division II World Series in Normal, Ill., May 18-21.

Lady Bobcats 4, Lady Wildcats 3

Lauren Candies was excellent in the circle for the Lady Bobcats in posting the victory.

She went the distance, allowed three runs (one earned), nine hits, walked one and struck out four as she improved to 16-8.

Pearl River scored twice in the top of the first. Brandy Rester led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by E.T. Warren, who reached on an error. Both runners would eventually score on an error.

But the Lady Bobcats tied it at 2-2 in the bottom of the first. Heidi Garcich and Haley Brooke Smith singled to start the game for JCJC. Mallory Cowart’s groundout scored Garcich and a wild pitch scored Smith.

JCJC took a 3-2 lead in the second when Kayla McDaniel led off with a walk and would later score on a sacrifice fly by Stacia Whitaker.

PRCC tied it in the third when Jordan Adams led off with a double and would score on Brittney Gary’s single.

The score remained the same until Perkins ended it with the home run, which sliced away from the rightfielder and rolled to the fence.

Perkins had the home run, while Garcich, Smith and Jade McLeod had singles.

Sheila Hall went the first 5 1/3 innings, gave up three runs (all earned), three hits, walked four and stuck out one. Heather Hester went the final 2/3 of an inning and got the loss.

Rester had four singles for the Lady Wildcats, while Gary singled twice. Adams had a double, while Alyssa Graeter and Janessa Dedeaux singled.

Lady Wildcats 3, Lady Bobcats 0

The opener was a pitcher’s duel between JCJC’s Ginger Lonergan and Heather Hester.

The game was scoreless until the sixth when Pearl River pushed across three runs.

Rester reached on an error to start the inning and was sacrificed to third by Warren. An Adams’ single scored Rester. After a flyout, Alyssa Graeter doubled home Adams and a single by Lacey Freeman scored Graeter.

JCJC had a chance to take the lead in the fourth when Smith and Cowart singled. Jessmar Walters then singled to center, but Smith was thrown out at home plate.

Lonergan, 16-4, went the distance and took the loss. She allowed three runs (none earned), seven hits, walked one and struck out six.

Garcich, Smith, Cowart, Walters and McDaniel each singled for the Lady Bobcats.

Graeter doubled twice for Pearl River, while Rester and Adams each singled twice. Freeman had one single.

Hester went the distance and got the victory. She allowed no runs, five hits, walked none and struck out four.



Game 1

Pearl River (20-19, 12-11)             000 003 0 – 3 7 0

Jones County (31-12, 15-8)            000 000 0 – 0 5 2

Heather Hester and Brittney Gary. Ginger Lonergan and Jessmar Walters. WP-Hester. LP-Lonergan (16-4). Pearl River hitters: Alyssa Graetter 2 2B; Brandy Rester 2 1B; Jordan Adams 2 1B; Lacey Freeman 1B. JCJC hitters: Heidi Garcich 1B; Haley Brooke Smith 1B; Mallory Cowart 1B; Jessmar Walters 1B; Kayla McDaniel 1B. T-1:28.



Game 2

Pearl River (20-20, 12-12)            201 000 0 – 3 9 0

Jones County (32-12, 16-8)           210 000 1 – 4 4 3

Sheila Hall, Heather Hester (6) and Brittany Gary. Lauren Candies and Jade McLeod. WP-Candies (16-8). LP-Hester.  Pearl River hitters: Brandy Rester 4 1B; Brittney Gary 2 1B; Jordan Adams 2B; Alyssa Graeter 1B; Janessa Dedeaux 1B. JCJC hitters: K.T. Perkins HR; Heidi Garcich 1B; Haley Brooke Smith 1B; Jade McLeod 1B. T-1:40.



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