Ostrander named Coach of the Year; several Bobcat players honored

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-05-19 10:55:22

 ELLISVILLE – The postseason accolades are starting to roll in for the Jones County Junior College baseball team.

Third-year head coach Christian Ostrander has been named the MACJC Coach of the Year after guiding the 12th-ranked Bobcats to a 38-14 record, a state championship and an appearance in the Region 23 Tournament, which takes place Thursday through Saturday. Ostrander owns a 112-42 record during his tenure with the Bobcats.

Ostrander has guided the Bobcats to back-to-back MACJC South Division titles and appearances in the state tournament in each of his three seasons at Jones.

Bobcat pitcher Andrew Pierce and pitcher/designated hitter Vito Perna have been named first-team All-MACJC and All-Region 23. Pitcher Logan Riddell is a first-team All-MACJC selection, while centerfielder Ladd Rhodes and catcher Ryan Roberts are second-team All-MACJC choices.

Pierce, a sophomore from Stringer, owns a 10-1 record with a 1.26 earned run average, five shutouts, nine complete games and three saves. The Southern Miss signee has 107 strikeouts in 93 innings, has allowed just 55 hits and has walked only 10. Pierce was a first-team NJCAA All-American as a freshman, as well as All-MACJC and All-Region 23. He owns a 20-3 record in his career with the Bobcats.

Perna, a freshman from West Jones, has been a standout pitcher and hitter for the Bobcats. Perna is 9-1 with a 2.31 ERA, four complete games and one save. He has pitched 66 1/3 innings, allowed 54 hits and struck out 63. Offensively, Perna leads the Bobcats in batting average (.366), home runs (six), RBIs (47), total bases (89) and slugging percentage (.517).

Riddell, a freshman from Kenner, La., has posted a 9-4 record on the mound. Riddell, who prepped at Brother Martin High School, has a 2.95 ERA with one shutout and four complete games. He has pitched 79 1/3 innings, allowed 81 hits, struck out 59 and walked just 19.

Rhodes, a sophomore from Gulfport, has been a standout in centerfield for two years for the Bobcats. The Southeastern Louisiana University signee is currently hitting .320 with 47 hits and 35 runs scored. He is 15-of-17 in stolen bases and owns a .984 fielding percentage.

Roberts, a sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., has been solid behind the plate. He has thrown 41 percent of runners trying to steal (25-of-61). The Pelham High School product has also been productive offensively. Roberts is hitting .323 with five home runs, 33 RBIs and nine doubles.

JCJC faces host Holmes Community at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the first round of the Region 23 Tournament. The game will air at 5:55 p.m. on www.jcjc.tv.

The winner of the regional advances to the NJCAA Division II World Series May 28-June 4 in Enid, Okla.


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