No. 6 Bobcats outlast No. 14 Kellogg, 10-7, in 10 innings

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-06-01 09:23:14

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ENID, Okla. – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats did it the hard way here Tuesday night in the NJCAA Division II World Series.

After losing a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, the sixth-ranked Bobcats scored three times in the top of the 10th and held on to beat the No. 14 Kellogg Community College (Mich.) Bruins 10-7 here at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

The victory puts the Bobcats, 45-15, into a matchup with the only other unbeaten team in the tournament, Madison Area Technical College (Wisc.), at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Kellogg, 31-26, faces Cecil College (Md.) at 3:30 p.m. in a loser’s bracket game. Cecil College eliminated top-ranked Heartland Community College (Ill.) 5-3 and Western Oklahoma State College ousted fourth-rated Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa) 12-4 in seven innings in Tuesday’s other games.

The JCJC vs. Madison contest will be audiocast on Airtime is 6:55 p.m. with Lance Pittman on the call.

Bobcats 10, Bruins 7

(10 innings)

JCJC led 7-5 entering the bottom of the ninth.

But Kellogg strung together five straight singles, scored twice and had the potential winning run thrown out at home plate after the last single. However, the Bobcats bounced right back in top of the tenth to take control again.

With one out, Zach Allen singled to right and stole second. Ladd Rhodes then drew a walk and both runners would advance on a wild pitch. Allen would then score what proved to be the winning run on a wild pitch. Vito Perna then singled sharply to left to score Rhodes to make it 9-7.

Jarrett Jenkins entered as a pinch-runner for Perna and Nick Ray followed with a single. Darion Hamilton’s sacrifice fly to left scored Jenkins and gave the Bobcats a three-run cushion.

Kellogg’s Adam Crall led off the bottom of the 10th with his third single of the game. But Chase Stewart retired the next three Bruins and the Bobcats had survived and advanced in the winner’s bracket.

The Bobcats started off the game in fine fashion, taking a 2-0 lead in the second.

Chase Headrick singled with one out and Ryan Roberts followed with an RBI double. Roberts would steal third and score on Allen’s RBI single.

Kellogg would come back and take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second.

Crall started it off with a single, Seth Szafranski reached on a one-out error and Eric Hess walked to load the bases. Chris McCoy then drilled a two-run single and Andrew Flemming’s sacrifice fly to right scored Hess to give the Bruins the lead.

JCJC then got the lead back quickly in the top of the third.

Perna led off with a walk, Hamilton reached on a one-out error and Headrick launched a three-run blast over the leftfield wall to make it 5-3. It was Headrick’s fifth home run of the year – and his fourth of the postseason.

The Bobcats made it 6-3 in the fifth.

Ray walked with one out and Hamilton and Headrick were both hit by pitches to load the bases. Roberts’ sacrifice fly to left scored Ray.

JCJC increased the lead to 7-3 in the sixth.

With one out, Allen was hit by a pitch – his team-leading 15th time to be hit by a pitch this season. Rhodes singled to left and Perna drew a walk to load the bases. Ray’s infield hit scored Allen.

But the Bruins would answer with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Crall and Cameron Bortell each singled with one out. They both advanced a base on a double-steal and Hess would deliver a two-out, two-run single to make it 7-5.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth.

With one out, Hess and McCoy singled. Flemming’s infield singled scored Hess and Larsen Conkright’s single scored McCoy and tied the game at 7-7. Brett Schultz then came through with Kellogg’s fifth straight single to center.

The Bruins tried to score the winning run on Schultz’s hit, but Rhodes in center threw to Ray – the cutoff man at first base. Ray relayed the throw home to Roberts to nip Flemming at the plate.

Conkright took the third on the play, but Stewart got Nick McIntyre to line out to left to end the threat and set the stage for the 10th inning.

Logan Riddell started and threw eight solid innings for the Bobcats. He allowed five runs (four earned), five hits, walked three and struck out seven. Stewart went the final two innings and got the win, improving to 3-1. He gave up two runs and six hits.

Headrick homered and singled twice, while Allen and Ray had two singles each for JCJC. Roberts had a double with Rhodes and Perna adding singles.

Nicolas Mishler went 3 1/3 innings in relief and took the loss to fall to 2-3. He allowed three runs, three hits, walked one and struck out two. Starter Daniel Tursell went 2 1/3 innings, gave up five runs (four earned), four hits and walked three. John Morrison then went 3-plus innings, gave up two earned runs, one hit and one walk. Kyle Fisher pitched 2/3 of an inning, gave up a walk and struck out two. Kyle Nolen finished up, going the final 2/3 of an inning and allowing one hit.

Crall had three singles to pace the Bruins, while McCoy and Hess had two singles each. Flemming, Conkright, Schultz and Bortell added singles.


Jones County 10, Kellogg 7

Jones County (45-15)            023 011 000 3 – 10 10 3

Kellogg (31-26)                       030 002 002 0 – 7 10 2

Logan Riddell, Chase Stewart (9) and Ryan Roberts. Daniel Tursell, John Morrison (3), Kyle Fisher (5), Nicolas Mishler (6), Kyle Nolen (10) and Eric Hess. WP-Stewart (3-1). LP-Mishler (2-3). JCJC hitters: Chase Headrick HR,2 1B; Zach Allen 2 1B; Nick Ray 2 1B; Ryan Roberts 2B; Ladd Rhodes 1B; Vito Perna 1B. Kellogg hitters: Adam Crall 3 1B; Chris McCoy 2 1B; Eric Hess 2 1B; Andrew Flemming 1B; Larsen Conkright 1B; Brett Schultz 1B; Cameron Bortell 1B. T-3:26.



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, Des Moines 7, Southeastern 5

Game 10, Madison 6, Western Oklahoma 5 (11 innings)

May 31 results

Game 11, Cecil College 5, Heartland 3

Game 12, Western Oklahoma 12, Des Moines 4 (7 innings)

Game 13, Jones County 10, Kellogg 7 (10 inning)

June 1 games

Game 14, Cecil College vs. Kellogg, 3:30 p.m.

Game 15, Madison vs. Jones County, 7 p.m.

June 2 games

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

Game 17, Winner 15 vs. Western Oklahoma, 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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