Bobcats to face Des Moines Area Community College in World Series opener on Saturday

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-05-23 14:18:17

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats know who they will play in the first round of the NJCAA Division II World Series.

The Bobcats will take on the Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa) Bears at 4 p.m. on Saturday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, Okla. The 4,000-seat stadium has served as host for the World Series for the past two years.

The game will be audiocast live on with Lance Pittman on the call. Airtime is 3:55 p.m.

The 12th-ranked Bobcats (42-15) of head coach Christian Ostrander shocked the juco baseball world by beating defending national champion and 2nd-ranked LSU-Eunice twice on Saturday in the Region 23 Tournament at Holmes Community College. JCJC got a two-run, walkoff home run from Ladd Rhodes to win the first game, 6-5. The Bobcats then scored four runs in the eighth inning to overcome a 6-4 deficit and beat the Bengals, 8-7, to claim the championship.

Des Moines (46-16) is rated No. 7. They captured the District II (Regions 9, 11 and 13) championship with a 20-1 decision over Williston State College (N.D.) on Sunday.

Other first round matchups will be sixth-ranked Gateway Community College (Ariz.) (40-21) vs. 12th-ranked Madison College (Wisc.) (42-14) at 9 a.m. on Saturday, followed by eighth-ranked Western Oklahoma State College (46-15) vs. 14th-rated Southeastern Community College (N.C.) (35-19) at noon. Fourth-ranked Connecticut-Avery Point (39-9) faces either top-ranked Heartland College (Ill.) (51-9) or Lincoln Land College (Ill.) (38-17) at 7:30 p.m. Heartland and Lincoln Land were playing Monday afternoon to determine the Midwest representative. Heartland must beat Lincoln Land twice to qualify.

The final, first-round match will begin at noon on Sunday between Kellogg Community College (Mich.) (30-25) and 10th-ranked Cecil College (Md.) (39-13-1).

The ten-team, double-elimination tournament continues through June 4.

Fans can keep with tournament results and statistics by going to


NJCAA Division II World Series

May 28-June 4

David Allen Memorial Ballpark

Enid, Okla.

May 28 games

Game 1, Gateway Community College (Ariz.) vs. Madison College (Wisc.), 9 a.m.

Game 2, Western Oklahoma State College vs. Southeastern Community College (N.C.), noon

Game 3, Jones County Junior College vs. Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa), 4 p.m.

Game 4, Connecticut-Avery Point vs. Heartland College (lll.) or Lincoln Land College (Ill.), 7:30 p.m.

May 29 games

Game 5, Kellogg Community College (Mich.) vs. Cecil College (Md.), noon

Game 6, Loser 1 vs. Loser 2, 3:30 p.m.

Game 7, Loser 3 vs. Loser 4, 7 p.m.

May 30 games

Game 8, Winner 3 vs. Winner 4, noon

Game 9, Winner 6 vs. Winner 7, 3:30 p.m.

Game 10, Winner 1 vs. Winner 2, 7 p.m.

May 31 games

Game 11, Loser 5 vs. Loser 8, noon

Game 12, Winner 9 vs. Loser 10, 3:30 p.m.

Game 13, Winner 8 vs. Winner 5, 7 p.m.

June 1 games

Game 14, Winner 11 vs. Loser 13, 3:30 p.m.

Game 15, Winner 10 vs. Winner 13, 7 p.m.

June 2 games

Game 16, Winner 14 vs. Loser 15, 3:30 p.m.

Game 17, Winner 15 vs. Winner 12, 7 p.m.

June 3 game

Game 18, championship, 7 p.m.

June 4 game

Game 19, if necessary, 1 p.m.

Note: If there are three teams remaining at Game 18, the team with the most games played shall receive a bye to Game 19. If there is a tie for the most games played, a coin toss will be used to determine the bye. All games except championship games (possibly Game 18 if just two teams remain and Game 19) will have the run rule. 10 runs after 5 complete innings, 8 runs after 7 complete innings. All games are scheduled for 9 innings.


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