Pitching keys Bobcats to sweep of East Central

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-04-22 19:50:09

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – A pair of superb starting pitching performances, along with several key defensive stops, sparked Jones County Junior College to a sweep of East Central Community College here on a beautiful Good Friday afternoon at Community Bank Park.

Logan Riddell tossed a four-hitter to lead JCJC to a 2-1 victory in game two. In game one, starter Vito Perna went six innings and gave up five hits and got the win, while Andrew Pierce pitched the seventh inning and notched the save as the Bobcats posted a 5-3 decision.

The Bobcats are now 29-13 overall and lead the South Division with a 15-5 mark. East Central falls to 24-18 overall and 11-11 in the league.

JCJC will hold “Sophomore Day” for its final home game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Mississippi Gulf Coast. The games will air on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman on the call. Airtime will be 3:55 p.m. The Bobcats conclude regular season play at 2 p.m. on April 30 at Hinds.

East Central closes regular season play at home on Wednesday against Southwest.

Bobcats 2, Warriors 1

Riddell gave up his only run in the second inning when B.J. Martin doubled and scored on Kyle Moore’s single.

He would not allow a hit after the fourth inning, but got into some trouble in the sixth when two runners reached on errors with one out. But Riddell retired Charles Hill on a Chase Headrick to Zach Allen to Nick Ray (5-4-3) double play to end the threat.

Riddell struck out four, walked one and improved to 6-4 on the year.

JCJC’s only two runs came in the bottom of the second.

Darion Hamilton was hit by a pitch and Chase Headrick singled. Hamilton took third on a passed ball and would score on a wild pitch. Headrick would eventually score on Zach Allen’s infield hit.

Allen, Perna, Hamilton, Headrick, Chad Guice and Graham Odom all had singles for Jones.

Martin doubled and singled for the Warriors. Moore and Jerrod Myers added singles.

Starter Pervis Mann went two innings and took the loss. He gave up both runs, four hits, walked none and struck out one. Tyler Dalton went the final four innings in relief, allowed no runs, two hits, walked two, hit one and struck out two.

Bobcats 5, Warriors 3

The Bobcats fell behind 2-0 in the first, but bounced back for the win.

ECCC scored twice in the first when Vincent Kortbawi was hit by a pitch with two outs and went to second on a passed ball. Richie Long drew a walk and Charles Hill and B.J. Martin followed with RBI singles.

The Bobcats would tie it in the second. Ryan Roberts reached on a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Tate Ratcliff. Guice reached on an error and Odom’s sacrifice fly to right scored Ratcliff. Allen’s single would score Guice.

The Warriors took a 3-2 lead in the fourth when Tyler Brant singled and Carlos Leal singled. Tanner Noakley singled to right, but Hamilton would throw Brant out at home plate. Darmaal Moore was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and Jeremy May walked with the bases loaded to score a run.

JCJC would tie it in the bottom of the inning when Roberts singled to right and Ratcliff would enter in his place. Guice reached on an infield single and Odom would squeeze Ratcliff home to make it 3-3.

The Bobcats took a 4-3 lead in the fifth when Perna reached on an infield hit and courtesy runner Jarrett Jenkins stole second. After a groundout and a walk, Headrick delivered a run-scoring single to left.

JCJC closed the scoring in the seventh when Guice doubled and would later score on a groundout by Allen.

Perna went six innings, allowed five hits, struck out six, walked three and improved to 7-0. Pierce allowed a hit in the seventh, but got a nifty Ray-to-Odom (3-6) double play to end the game. Pierce recorded his third save of the season.

Guice doubled and singled for JCJC, while Perna and Rhodes each had two singles. Allen, Roberts and Headrick added singles.

Colton Mitchell started and took the loss for the Warriors. He gave up nine hits, walked five and struck out one.

Hill, Brant, Noakley, Martin, Leal and Long had singles for ECCC.


Game 1

Jones County 5, East Central 3

East Central (24-17, 11-10)            200 100 0 – 3 6 4

Jones County (28-13, 14-5)            020 111 x – 5 9 0

Colton Mitchell and Carlos Leal. Vito Perna, Andrew Pierce (7) and Ryan Roberts. WP-Perna (7-0). LP-Mitchell. Sv.-Pierce (3). East Central hitters: Charles Hill 1B; Tanner Brant 1B; Tanner Noakley 1B; Richie Long 1B; Carlos Leal 1B; B.J. Martin 1B. JCJC hitters: Chad Guice 2B, 1B; Ladd Rhodes 2 1B; Vito Perna 2 1B; Zach Allen 1B; Ryan Roberts 1B; Chase Headrick 1B. T-2:03.


Game 2

Jones County 2, East Central 1

East Central (24-18, 11-11)            010 000 0 – 1 4 1

Jones County (29-13, 15-5)            020 000 x – 2 6 4

Pervis Mann, Tyler Dalton (3) and Jeremy May. Logan Riddell and Ryan Roberts. WP-Riddell (6-4). LP-Mitchell. East Central hitters: B.J. Martin 2B, 1B; Kyle Moore 1B; Jerrod Myers 1B. JCJC hitters: Zach Allen 1B; Vito Perna 1B; Darion Hamilton 1B; Chase Headrick 1B; Chad Guice 1B; Graham Odom 1B. T-1:47.


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