No. 12 Bobcats blank Northwest to remain alive in Region 23 Tournament

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-05-20 15:34:03

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

GOODMAN ­– Vito Perna provided the 12th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats with exactly what they needed Friday in the Region 23 Tournament.

Perna tossed a complete-game, five-hit shutout to lift the Bobcats to a 6-0 victory over Northwest Mississippi Community College in an elimination game here at Charlie Donald Field on the campus of Holmes Community College.

The Bobcats also got a three-run home run from third baseman Chase Headrick – his third postseason roundtripper of the year – in a four-run third inning, as they stayed alive in the tournament.

The win moves the Bobcats into an elimination game at 6 p.m. on Friday vs. the loser of the Holmes/2nd-ranked LSU-Eunice game, which is being played Friday afternoon.

The victory also gives JCJC a 39-15 record – which is a new school-record for victories, topping the 38 wins the Bobcats posted last year.

Northwest ends the season at 31-21.

The double-elimination tournament is scheduled to conclude on Saturday. The winner of the tournament advances to the NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, Okla., on May 28-June 4.

Bobcats 6, Rangers 0

Perna only stranded six runners in the game, finished with five strikeouts and walked three as he improved to 10-1. He threw 116 pitches and notched his fifth complete game of the year.

The Bobcats got the only run they would need in the top of the first inning.

Ladd Rhodes drew a one-out walk and Perna helped his own cause with a double down the leftfield line. Nick Ray’s groundout scored Rhodes to make it 1-0.

JCJC took a 5-0 lead in the third inning.

Zach Allen led off with a single to left and Rhodes followed with a perfectly executed ‘hit and run’ single to right to put runners on first and third with no outs. Perna then drove in Allen with a sacrifice fly to center.

After Ray flied out, Hamilton singled to right. Rhodes would take third on a wild pitch and Hamilton went to second on steal.

That’s when Headrick continued his red-hot, late-season surge with a three-run shot over the left-center field fence to give the Bobcats some breathing room. It was Headrick’s fourth home run of the season.

JCJC closed the scoring in the in fourth.

With two outs, Allen was hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on a wild pickoff attempt by the pitcher and scored on a single by Rhodes.

Headrick homered and doubled and drove in three runs for the Bobcats, while Ray and Hamilton each doubled and singled. Rhodes singled twice, while Perna and Graham Odom doubled. Allen and Chad Guice rounded out the 12-hit attack with singles.

Garrett Radicioni, 6-4, started and took the loss for the Rangers. He went 3 2/3 innings, allowed six runs (all earned), seven hits, walked one and struck out three. Justin Rose entered in the fourth and tossed 1 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and one walk. Jeremy Massie went the final four innings, gave up two hits and struck out two.

Chad Wardlaw singled twice for Northwest, while Josh Johnson, Jimmy Braswell and Dylan Castoria added singles.


Jones County 6, Northwest 0

Jones County (39-15)            104 100 000 – 6 12 1

Northwest (31-21)                 000 000 000 – 0 5 2

Vito Perna and Ryan Roberts, Jay Dedeaux (8). Garrett Radicioni, Justin Rose (4), Jeremy Massie (6) and Joseph Blair. WP-Perna (10-1). LP-Radicioni (6-4). JCJC hitters: Chase Headrick HR, 2B; Nick Ray 2B, 1B; Darion Hamilton 2B, 1B; Ladd Rhodes 2 1B; Vito Perna 2B; Graham Odom 2B; Zach Allen 1B; Chad Guice 1B. Northwest hitters: Chad Wardlaw 2 1B; Josh Johnson 1B; Jimmy Braswell 1B; Dylan Castoria 1B. T-2:23.



Region 23 Tournament

At Holmes Community College

Charlie Donald Field

Thursday’s results

Game 1, LSU-Eunice 2, Northwest 1

Game 2, Holmes 5, Jones County 4

Friday’s results

Game 3, Jones County 6, Northwest 0

Game 4, LSU-Eunice vs. Holmes, 2:30 p.m.

Game 5, Jones County vs. Game 4 loser, 6 p.m.

Saturday’s games

Game 6, Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 2 p.m.

Game 7, if necessary, 30 minutes after Game 6

Winner advances to NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, Okla.


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