Lady Bobcats advance to MACJC semifinals; qualify for Region 23 Tournament
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-04-29 07:50:02
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
PERKINSTON – Chalk up another one for the history books for Jones County Junior College fastpitch softball.
Freshman pitcher Ginger Lonergan tossed a one-hitter, struck out eight and retired 18 of the last 19 batters she faced to lead the Lady Bobcats to a 2-0 victory over Itawamba Community College here in the first round of the MACJC State Softball Tournament Thursday afternoon at Ross-Smith Field.
The victory assures the Lady Bobcats of their first-ever appearance in the Region 23 Tournament May 5-7 at Traceway Park in Clinton. The win also gives JCJC a 33-12 overall mark. Every time the Lady Bobcats win a game, it is another school-record for victories.
JCJC will advance to meet tournament host Mississippi Gulf Coast at noon on Friday in the semifinals. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Northeast 7-4 in the final game on Thursday. The game will air on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman on the call. Airtime is 11:55 a.m.
East Central will face Pearl River at 2 p.m. on Friday in the other semifinal game. East Central blanked Northwest 4-0 and Pearl River defeated East Mississippi 6-4 in Thursday’s other first-round games, as all four teams from the South Division beat the four teams from the North.
The championship game will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Lady Bobcats 2, Lady Indians 0
Lonergan gave up a leadoff double to Jordan Sisk in the third inning. But she then got Ashley Case on a pop up on a bunt attempt to third baseman K.T. Perkins for the first out and retired Candiace McIntosh on a groundout to shortstop Alex Faciane for out number two. After Sisk reached third on a stolen base, Lonergan got Caitlyn Castles on a popup to Perkins to end the inning.
Lonergan retired 17 batters in a row up until there were two outs in the seventh. Sisk then reached on an error, but Faciane then made a leaping catch of a drive by Case to end the game.
Lonergan is now 17-4 on the year.
The contest was scoreless entering the fourth.
But JCJC’s Mallory Cowart led off the inning by ripping a triple to the gap in right-center. She scored on the play when the throw back to the infield was thrown away.
The Lady Bobcats got their final run in the sixth. Heidi Garcich led off with a single and advanced to second on an error. Cowart then drilled a single to center to drive in Garcich.
Cowart tripled, doubled and singled for the Lady Bobcats. Garcich, Shannon Mosley, Walters, Stacia Whitaker and Kayla McDaniel added singles for JCJC.
Chelsea Lukens, 14-6, went the distance and took the loss. She scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out one.
Itawamba ends the year at 28-18.
Jones County 2, Itawamba 0
Jones County (33-12) 000 101 0 – 2 8 1
Itawamba (28-18) 000 000 0 – 0 1 3
Ginger Lonergan and Jessmar Walters. Chelsea Lukens and Caitlyn Castles. WP-Lonergan (17-4). LP-Lukens (14-6). JCJC hitters: Mallory Cowart 3B, 2B, 1B; Heidi Garcich 1B; Shannon Mosley 1B; Jessmar Walters 1B; Stacia Whitaker 1B; Kayla McDaniel 1B. Itawamba hitters: Jordan Sisk 2B. T-1:19.
MACJC State Softball Tournament
At Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
East Central 4, Northwest 0
Pearl River 6, East Mississippi 4
Jones County 2, Itawamba 0
Miss. Gulf Coast 7, Northeast 4
JCJC vs. Miss. Gulf Coast, noon
East Central vs. Pearl River, 2 p.m.
Championship, 5 p.m.