No. 14 Bobcats beat East Mississippi, 10-4; to host MACJC State Tournament May 12-14

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-05-07 22:50:06

By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The 14th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats did it the hard way, but they have advanced in the MACJC State Baseball Tournament.

The Bobcats fell in Game 2 to East Mississippi Community College 3-2 here Saturday afternoon at sun-splashed Community Bank Park, which evened the best-of-three series at 1-1.

But JCJC then bounced back to win the deciding Game 3, 10-4, to clinch the series. The Bobcats had won the opening game of the series on Friday, 13-0 in five innings.

That means the Bobcats will now host the four-team, double-elimination state tournament Thursday through Saturday. The matchups and times will be announced on Monday.

JCJC is now 35-14 on the season, while the Lions end the year at 17-29.

The competing teams in the state tournament will be JCJC, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Holmes and Northwest.

MGCCC swept Itawamba, while Holmes had to go three games to eliminate Pearl River and Northwest had to go three games to beat East Central.

The top three teams in the state tournament advance to the Region 23 Tournament on May 19-21.

Bobcats 10, Lions 4

After falling in the early game, JCJC came out quickly in the deciding contest, plating four runs in the first inning.

Zach Allen led off with a walk and Ladd Rhodes reached on an error. Vito Perna walked to load the bases and Nick Ray drilled a sharp single to center to make it 1-0. Rhodes scored on a wild pitch and Darion Hamilton’s groundout scored another run. Chase Headrick had an RBI single to close the scoring.

EMCC got a run in the third when Zane Migues singled, was sacrificed to second by Jake Upton and scored on Tyler Aldridge’s single.

The Lions made it interesting with a pair of runs in the fifth. Migues walked and would later score on an error. Aaron Brady would also single and score to make it 4-3.

But JCJC got some breathing room with a four-run, bottom of the fifth. With nobody on and two outs, Ray was hit by a pitch, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Hamilton’s single. Headrick and Roberts drew walks and Hamilton scored on a wild pitch.

Chad Guice then delivered a two-run double to right-center to make it 8-3.

The Bobcats made it 10-3 in the sixth when Rhodes walked and Perna singled. Ray then got an infield single and two runs would score on a throwing error.

EMCC got the final run in the seventh when Upton walked, Brady reached on a bunt single and Aldridge drove in the run with a groundout.

Logan Riddell, 8-4, went six-plus innings and got the win. He allowed four runs (three earned), five hits, walked three and struck out five. Ryan Waters went the final three innings and got his first save of the year. He allowed no runs, two hits, walked one and struck out three.

Ray singled twice for JCJC, while Guice and Rhodes each doubled. Perna, Hamilton and Headrick had singles.

Lance Portera started, faced four batters, did not retire a one and took the loss. He allowed four runs (three earned), one hit and walked two. Will Edwards pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowed four earned runs, three hits, walked three and struck out one. Justin Pritchett pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up a hit. Blake Hutcheson went the final three innings, allowed two unearned runs, two hits, walked one and struck out three.

Bohon and Brady had singles each for EMCC. Aldridge and Migues added singles.

Lions 3, Bobcats 2

Kameron Heiser kept the Bobcats in check until the eighth inning to even his record at 3-3.

EMCC took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Aaron Brady singled, stole second and scored on a single by Tyler Aldridge.

The Lions took a 3-0 lead in the fifth when Alex Chick drew a two-out walk and Mitch Bohon followed with a two-run homer to left-center.

The Bobcats finally scored in the eighth when Chase Headrick was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Ryan Roberts drew a walk. After Chad Guice hit into a 6-4-3 double play, Graham Odom hit a grounder to short that was thrown away, along Headrick to score.

JCJC got a run in the ninth when Rhodes led off with an infield single and stole second. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and Nick Ray drew a one-out walk. Darion Hamilton’s sacrifice fly to left scored Rhodes and Headrick followed with a single.

But Keiser got a strikeout of Roberts to end the game.

Vito Perna went 7 1/3 innings and took the loss, his first of the year. Perna, 8-1, gave up three runs (all earned), five hits, walked four and struck out nine. Chase Stewart went the final 1 2/3 innings and allowed just one hit.

Rhodes singled twice for JCJC, while Ray, Headrick and Odom added singles.

Heiser gave up two runs (one earned), five hits, walked three and struck out three.

Aldridge doubled and singled for EMCC, while Bohon had the home run. Reyes, Migues and Brady added singles.




East Mississippi 3, Jones County 2

East Mississippi (17-28)         001 020 000 – 3 6 1

Jones County (34-14)            000 000 011 – 2 5 2

Kameron Heiser and Jake Upton. Vito Perna, Chase Stewart (8) and Ryan Roberts. WP-Heiser (3-3). LP-Perna (8-1). East Mississippi hitters: Tyler Aldridge 2B, 1B; Mitch Bohon HR; Ismael Reyes 1B; Zane Migues 1B; Aaron Brady 1B. JCJC hitters: Ladd Rhodes 2 1B; Nick Ray 1B; Chase Headrick 1B; Graham Odom 1B. T-2:30.


Jones County 10, East Mississippi 4

East Mississippi (17-29)         001 020 100 – 4 6 2

Jones County (35-14)            400 042 00x – 10 7 2

Lance Portera, Will Edwards (1), Justin Pritchett (5), Blake Hutcheson (6) and Jake Upton. Logan Riddell, Ryan Waters (7) and Ryan Roberts, Jay Dedeaux (8). WP-Riddell (8-4). LP-Portera. East Mississippi hitters: Mitch Bohon 2 1B; Aaron Brady 2 1B; Tyler Aldridge 1B; Zane Migues 1B. JCJC hitters: Nick Ray 2 1B; Ladd Rhodes 2B; Chad Guice 2B; Vito Perna 1B; Darion Hamilton 1B; Chase Headrick 1B. T-2:23.



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