No. 6 Bobcats stun top-ranked Heartland, 10-5

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-05-30 16:34:28

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ENID, Okla. – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats continue to make believers out of everyone at the NJCAA Division II World Series.

Nick Ray slugged a two-run home run in the first inning, Vito Perna won his 11th game of the season and the sixth-ranked Bobcats stunned the top-ranked Heartland Community College (Ill.) Hawks 10-5 here Monday afternoon at a very windy David Allen Memorial Ballpark where 40 mile per hour gusts were the norm for the day.

The victory keeps the Bobcats, 44-15, in the winner’s bracket where they will meet Kellogg Community College of Battle Creek, Mich., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Heartland, 54-10, will play Cecil College (Md.) in an elimination game at noon on Tuesday.

All JCJC games in the World Series are being audiocast on with Lance Pittman calling the play-by-play. Airtime for Tuesday’s contest is 6:55 p.m.

Bobcats 10, Hawks 5

The tone of the game was set in the top of the first inning.

After Heartland starter Jerad Grundy retired the first two batters, Perna reached on an infield single.

Ray then stepped to the plate and slugged a two-run blast into the wind over the rightfield brick wall to give JCJC a 2-0 lead.  Grundy appeared to be shaken by the shot and walked four consecutive batters – Darion Hamilton, Chase Headrick, Ryan Roberts and Chad Guice – to force in a run to make it 3-0. Grundy was removed after walking Guice.

The Bobcats took a 4-0 lead in the second when Zach Allen singled and Ladd Rhodes reached on a bunt single. After a strikeout, the runners advanced on a wild pitch. Ray then drove in his third run of the game with a groundout to shortstop.

JCJC made it 6-0 in the third, again with another two-out rally.

Guice was hit by a pitch and Graham Odom doubled to right to score Guice. Allen then came through with another RBI single to score Odom.

The Hawks then cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third.

Dylan Johnson walked with two outs and Michael Failoni followed with a two-run home run over the left-center wall. Dominick D’Agata then walked and stole second. He scored on Brinn Bell’s RBI single to make it 6-3.

The game then settled in over the next 3 ½ innings before Heartland drew within 6-4 in the seventh.

Leadoff batter Andy Burns singled, stole second and scored on Zac Zellers’ single.

But the Bobcats came back with two runs in the top of the eighth to get some breathing room.

Headrick led off with a single inside the third base bag and went to second when the pitcher made an errant pickoff throw. Roberts then doubled into the rightfield corner to score Headrick and was replaced by pinch-runner Jarrett Jenkins. Guice sacrificed Jenkins to third and Odom’s groundout back to the pitcher scored Jenkins to make it 8-4.

The Hawks got a two-out, solo home run from Ryan Richardson in the bottom of the eighth to make it 8-5.

But JCJC added some insurance in the top of the ninth.

Ray walked and Hamilton singled. With one out, Headrick flied out to deep left and Ray advanced to third on the play. Jay Dedeaux then singled Ray home and Guice followed with a double just off the shortstop’s glove to score Hamilton.

Reliever Ryan Waters, who had entered in the seventh, then retired the Hawks in the bottom of the ninth to close out the victory.

Allen, who had three singles vs. Des Moines, got three more safeties against Heartland. Ray homered, singled and drove in three runs, while Roberts doubled and singled and had two RBIs. Guice and Odom each doubled and drove in two runs, while Rhodes, Perna, Hamilton and Headrick added singles.

Perna, 11-1, posted the victory. He went six-plus innings, allowed four runs (all earned), four hits, walked seven and struck out two. Waters went the final three innings and recorded his second save of the year. He allowed one earned run, two hits, walked one and struck out two.

Failoni and Richardson homered for the Hawks, while Burns singled twice. Zellers and Bell added singles.

Grundy went 2/3 of an inning, allowed three runs (all earned), two hits, walked four and struck out. He took the loss and is now 7-3. Jeremy Stawychny then tossed 2 1/3 innings, allowed three earned runs, four hits and struck out one. Darren Sneeringer then tossed four-plus innings, allowed two earned runs, three hits and struck out two. Scott Houdek went the final two innings, gave up two earned runs, four hits, walked one and hit two.


Jones County 10, Heartland (Ill.) 5

Jones County (44-15)            312 000 022 – 10 13 1

Heartland (54-10)                  003 000 110 – 5 6 1

Vito Perna, Ryan Waters (7) and Ryan Roberts, Jay Dedeaux (8). Jerad Grundy, Jeremy Stawychny (1), Darren Sneeringer (4), Scott Houdek (8) and Dominick D’Agata. WP-Perna (11-1). LP-Grundy (7-3). JCJC hitters: Zach Allen 3 1B; Nick Ray HR, 1B; Ryan Roberts 2B, 1B; Chad Guice 2B; Graham Odom 2B; Ladd Rhodes 1B; Vito Perna 1B; Darion Hamilton 1B; Chase Headrick 1B. Heartland hitters: Andy Burns 2 1B; Michael Failoni HR; Ryan Richardson HR; Zac Zellers 1B; Brinn Bell 1B. T-3:10.




NJCAA Division II World Series

May 28-June 4

David Allen Memorial Ballpark

Enid, Okla.

May 28 results

Game 1, Madison College (Wisc.) 12, Gateway Community College (Ariz.) 4 (7 innings)

Game 2, Western Oklahoma State College 15, Southeastern Community College (N.C.), 5 (7 innings)

Game 3, Jones County Junior College 9, Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa), 1 (7 innings)

Game 4, Heartland Community College (Ill.) 9, Connecticut-Avery Point 6

May 29 results

Game 5, Kellogg Community College (Mich.) 6, Cecil College (Md.) 5

Game 6, Southeastern 10, Gateway 9

Game 7, Des Moines 5, UConn-Avery Point 0

May 30 results

Game 8, Jones County 10, Heartland 5

Game 9, Southeastern vs. Des Moines, (n)

Game 10, Madison vs. Western Oklahoma, (n)

May 31 games

Game 11, Cecil College vs. Heartland, noon

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

Game 13, Jones County vs. Kellogg College, 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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