No. 14 Bobcats rip Hinds twice

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-04-30 20:49:20

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

RAYMOND – The 14th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats punctuated the 2011 regular season with a pair of resounding victories here Saturday afternoon at Joe G. Moss Field.

The Bobcats beat the Eagles 12-2 in five innings in game one and then completed the sweep with a 10-1 victory in game two.

Head coach Christian Ostrander’s team ends regular season play with an impressive 33-13 overall record, 19-5 in South Division play.

The Bobcats will now begin postseason play in the opening best-of-three MACJC playoffs. The Bobcats, the South Division champions, will host the East Mississippi Community College Lions, the No. 4 team from the North, in the opening round series.

Game one will be at a time to be determined on Friday. Game two will be on Saturday with game three, if necessary, to follow Saturday’s game.

If the Bobcats win that series, then they will host the four-team, double-elimination MACJC State Tournament May 12-14.

Hinds, 23-17 overall and 9-13 in the division, ends the season at Mississippi Gulf Coast on Monday. The Eagles, the defending state champions, will not make the playoffs.

Bobcats 12, Eagles 2

(5 innings)

JCJC put the game away quickly, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring eight runs in the first inning.

A two-run home run by Chase Headrick was big blow of the inning.

Headrick homered and singled in the game, while Ladd Rhodes had three singles. Nick Ray had a double, while Ryan Roberts, Chad Guice and Zach Allen had singles. Allen had three RBIs and was also hit by a pitch three times.

Vito Perna went the distance and improved to 8-0 on the year. He allowed seven hits, two runs, walked three and struck out five.

Morris Grant singled three times for the Eagles, while Adam Thigpen homered and singled. Sean Weaver singled twice.

Cullen Babin was the starter, lasted 2/3 of an inning and took the loss. Carey Taylor, Andrew Gunn and Matt Anthony also pitched.

Bobcats 10, Eagles 1

JCJC scored three runs in the third and then plated seven runs on just two hits in the fourth inning to take command.

Allen homered for the Bobcats, while Ray had two singles. Darion Hamilton tripled, while Roberts, Headrick, Tate Ratcliff and Jon Glaze added singles.

Logan Riddell went the first four innings and posted the win, upping his record to 7-4. He gave up no runs, two hits and struck out one. Josh Palmer pitched two innings, allowed one run, one hit and got a strikeout. Ryan Waters pitched a perfect bottom of the seventh and got a strikeout.

Taylor Wheaton – the first of seven Hinds’ pitchers – took the loss. The Eagles used five pitchers in the fourth inning.

Grant, Daniel Gilbert and Alex Gunn each singled for the Eagles.


Game 1

Jones County 12, Hinds 2

Jones County (32-13, 18-5)          801 30 – 12 9 0

Hinds (23-16, 9-12)                        011 00 – 2 7 2

Vito Perna and Ryan Roberts. Cullen Babin, Carey Taylor (1), Andrew Gunn (3), Matt Anthony (4) and Sean Weaver. WP-Perna (8-0). LP-Babin. JCJC hitters: Ladd Rhodes 3 1B; Chase Headrick HR, 1B; Nick Ray 2B; Ryan Roberts 1B; Chad Guice 1B; Zach Allen 1B. Hinds hitters: Morris Grant 3 1B; Adam Thigpen HR, 1B; Sean Weaver 2 1B. T-1:50.


Game 2

Jones County 10, Hinds 1

Jones County (33-13, 19-5)          003 700 0 – 10 8 1

Hinds (23-17, 9-13)                        000 010 0 – 1 3 2

Logan Riddell, Josh Palmer (5), Ryan Waters (7) and Ryan Roberts, Jay Dedeaux (4). Taylor Wheaton, Jay Harper (3), Zach Lasuzzo (3), Michael Porter (3), Ethan Bright (3), Nathan Harrell (6), Kurt Cooksey (7) and Stephen Joe. WP-Riddell (7-4). LP-Wheaton. JCJC hitters: Nick Ray 2 1B; Zach Allen HR; Darion Hamilton 3B; Ryan Roberts 1B; Chase Headrick 1B; Tate Ratcliff 1B; Jon Glaze 1B. Hinds hitters: Morris Grant 1B; Daniel Gilbert 1B; Alex Gunn 1B. T-2:08.


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