No. 6 Bobcats whip No. 7 Madison 11-4 to reach title round

Written By: shawn wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-06-02 11:08:16

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ENID, Okla. – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats are assured of playing for the NJCAA Division II World Series championship.

The sixth-ranked Bobcats beat seventh-rated Madison Area Technical College (Wisc.) 11-4 here Wednesday night at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in a battle of the final two unbeatens of the tournament. It was JCJC’s eighth straight victory.

Blake McIlwain went six-plus innings, while Chad Guice and Darion Hamilton had  three singles each to pace the Bobcats. McIlwain is now 5-4 on the season.

JCJC, 46-15, will now face Western Oklahoma State College at 7 p.m. on Thursday. If the Bobcats win that game, they will play at 7 p.m. on Friday against the winner of Thursday’s 3:30 p.m. elimination game between Madison, 44-15, and Kellogg Community College (Mich.). The Madison/Kellogg winner would have to beat JCJC on Friday to force another title game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

If the Bobcats lose to Western Oklahoma on Thursday, they will earn the bye into Saturday’s 1 p.m. title game because they will have played the most games of the remaining teams in the tournament. Western Oklahoma would play the Kellogg/Madison winner at 7 p.m. on Friday and the winner of that game would meet the Bobcats for the national championship on Saturday afternoon.

Thursday’s JCJC vs. Western Oklahoma game will be audiocast on with Lance Pittman calling the play-by-play. Airtime is 6:55 p.m.

Bobcats 11, WolfPack 4

JCJC got off to its usual solid start, plating three runs in the top of the second inning.

Hamilton reached on an infield single and Chase Headrick singled. They both advanced on a double steal and Ryan Roberts’ groundout scored Hamilton. Guice followed with an RBI single and Graham Odom walked. Zach Allen’s safety squeeze scored Guice to give JCJC a 3-0 lead.

But the WolfPack came back to tie the score in the bottom of the second.

Andrew Wasmund was hit by a pitch to start the inning, stole second and scored on Tyler Brusky’s RBI single. James Furlano drew a two-out walk and Trevor Burmeister followed with an RBI single. After Garrett Novinski reached on a bloop single, Ryan Freitag drew a walk to load the bases. Tanner Vavra was then hit by a pitch to force in a run to make it 3-3.

But JCJC took the lead for good in the top of the third.

Vito Perna led off with a double to deep right, took third on a groundout and scored on Hamilton’s groundout to make it 4-3.

JCJC made it 5-3 in the fourth when Guice led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Odom and scored on a two-out single by Ladd Rhodes.

The Bobcats scored five runs in the sixth to take a commanding 10-3 lead.

Guice singled with one out, Allen walked and Rhodes was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Perna then walked to force in a run and Nick Ray followed with a sharp, two-run single to center to make it 8-3. Hamilton then singled another run home and Ray would eventually score on a wild pitch.

The WolfPack made it 10-4 in the eighth when Vavra led off with a single, Wasmund singled and Vavra later scored off a wild pitch.

The Bobcats closed the scoring in the top of the ninth when Hamilton led off with his third single of the game, stole second and scored on Roberts’ double.

McIlwain finished with three walks and a strikeout en route to the victory. Josh Palmer tossed two-plus innings, gave up one run, four hits and walked one. Ryan Waters walked one and struck out the side with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.

The Bobcats got two singles from Ladd Rhodes, doubles from Perna and Roberts and singles from Headrick and Ray.

Garrett Novinski had two singles and a double, while Burmeister and Vavra had two singles each for Madison. Wasmund, Brusky and James Furlano added singles.

Kyle Coenen, 4-2, started, went 5 2/3 innings and took the loss. He gave up nine runs (eight earned), six hits, four walks and struck out one. Jake Peterson went 2/3 of an inning, gave up one run, two hits and struck out one. Cole Kroncke tossed an inning, allowed no hits and walked one, while Brent Mueller went the final 1 2/3 innings, allowed three hits and one run.


Jones County 11, Madison Tech (Wisc.) 4

Jones County (46-15)            031 105 001 – 11 12 1

Madison (44-15)                     030 000 010 – 4 10 2

Blake McIlwain, Josh Palmer (7), Ryan Waters (9) and Ryan Roberts. Kyle Coenen, Jake Peterson (6), Cole Kroncke (7), Brent Mueller and James Furlano. WP-McIlwain (5-4). LP-Coenen (4-2). JCJC hitters: Darion Hamilton 3 1B; Chad Guice 3 1B; Ladd Rhodes 2 1B; Vito Perna 2B; Ryan Roberts 2B; Nick Ray 1B; Chase Headrick 1B. Madison hitters: Garrett Novinski 2 1B, 2B; Trevor Burmeister 2 1B; Treysen Vavra 2 1B; Andrew Wasmund 1B; Tyler Brusky 1B; James Furlano 1B. T-3:22





NJCAA Division II World Series

May 28-June 4

David Allen Memorial Ballpark

Enid, Okla.

May 28 results

Game 1, Madison College (Wisc.) 13, 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 results

Game 14, Kellogg 9, Cecil College 5

Game 15, Jones County 11, Madison 4

June 2 games

Game 16, Kellogg vs. Madison, 3:30 p.m.

Game 17, Jones County 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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