No. 6 Bobcats, No. 4 Bears should be quality first-round, World Series matchup

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-05-26 23:17:59

By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ENID, Okla. – The 6th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats have been a hot team over the second half of the season.

And they will face another hot team in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II World Series on Saturday in Enid, Okla.

The 4thh-rated Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa) Bears will tangle with the Bobcats at 4 p.m. at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. The game will be audiocast on with Lance Pittman on the call. Airtime is 3:55 p.m.

The Bobcats, 42-15, have won 15 of their last 17 and are 27-6 since March 22. The Bears, 46-16, have won seven straight and are 33-5 over their last 38 games.

JCJC captured the Region 23 Tournament by coming through the loser’s bracket at Holmes Community College.  They fell to Holmes 5-4 in the opener before bouncing back to beat Northwest 6-0, Holmes 11-5 and defending national champion LSU-Eunice twice, 6-5 and 8-7.

Des Moines won the North Plains District II Tournament at Williston State College (N.D.) in three straight games. They beat Williston, 8-4, Miles College (Mont.) 3-2 and blasted Williston 20-1 in the title game.

The teams boast similar statistics.

JCJC hits .313 as a team, while DMACC is at .325. The Bobcats have a team earned run average of 2.79, while DMACC is at 3.18. JCJC fields the ball at a .957 clip, while the Bears are at .952.

The Bobcats, who arrived safely to Enid on Thursday afternoon, boast three, 10-game winners on the hill. Stringer sophomore righthander Andrew Pierce is 10-2 with a 1.41 ERA, West Jones freshman righthander Vito Perna is 10-1 with a 2.03 ERA and Kenner, La., freshman righthander Logan Riddell is 10-4 with a 2.78 ERA.

Alex Crawford and Ryan Torgerson have each won nine games with DMACC. Crawford is 9-2 with a 1.96 ERA, while Torgerson is 9-4 with a 3.51 ERA. Austin Urban, who was a 27th round draft choice of the Baltimore Orioles last year, is 6-4 with a 3.56 ERA.

Offensively, JCJC is led by Zach Allen at the plate with a .364 batting average. Perna hits .358 and Ladd Rhodes, the hero of l aast week’s 6-5 win over defending national champion LSU-Eunice with a two-run walkoff home run, is hitting .333, while Darion Hamilton is at .324 with 41 RBIs. Ryan Roberts is hitting .314 with six home runs and 35 RBIs. Chad Guice and Chase Headrick are both hitting .311 (Headrick with four home runs), while Nick Ray is at .291 with two home runs and 32 RBIs. Graham Odom is at .275.

The Bears have the nation’s number two home run hitter, Gabby De Varona. De Varona is hitting .318 with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs. Hebraim Cordova is hitting .384 with eight homers and 44 RBIs, while Colin Keefe is hitting .376. Blake Schmit hits .354, while Sean Borman has a .352 batting average with seven homers and 50 RBIs. John Loeffler is hitting .328 with six homers and 44 RBIs.

The Bears are making their third trip to the World Series in the past four years, while JCJC is making its first-ever trip to the national tournament.

All teams will go to the Central Fire Station at 9 a.m. on Friday for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast. A golf tournament for interested fans sponsored by the Enid High School Booster Club is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Meadowlake Golf Course.

Tournament registration will be from 4-5 p.m. Friday at the David Allen Memorial Ballpark 3rd Base Club seating area. A dinner/buffet for the teams begins at 5:45 p.m., followed by a Home Run Derby.

To keep up with tournament results and statistics, go 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.), 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.


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