Pioneers score seven runs in bottom of the eighth to beat Bobcats, 11-5
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-06-03 00:01:52
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ENID, Okla. – Despite a tough loss here Thursday night in the NJCAA Division II World Series, the Jones County Junior College Bobcats are just one victory away from winning a national championship.
Fifth-ranked Western Oklahoma State College scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overcome a 5-4 deficit and beat the sixth-ranked Bobcats, 11-5, at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. The Pioneers had trailed 5-1 after 3 ½ innings.
JCJC will face the winner of Friday night’s Western Oklahoma/Madison Area Technical College (Wisc.) game for the title at 7 p.m. on Saturday. (The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. but has been moved to the evening because of expected 100-degree temperatures on Saturday.) Madison eliminated Kellogg Community College (Mich.) 8-3 in the earlier game on Thursday.
JCJC earned the bye into the championship game because they had played more games than Western Oklahoma and Madison.
Knowing his team would be playing for the championship regardless of what happened against the Pioneers, Bobcat head coach Christian Ostrander rolled the dice with his pitching staff.
JCJC started freshman Tyler Fall on the hill. Fall, who had only pitched three innings all season, responded with a solid effort. He went 3 1/3 innings, allowed three runs (two earned), three hits and walked three.
The Bobcats then went to Cameron Rose out of the bullpen. Rose, who had only pitched one inning this season, was also effective. He did not allow a hit for 2 2/3 innings and ended up going 3 2/3 innings, allowed one earned run, two hits and struck out four.
JCJC came out clicking on offense against the Pioneers in the top of the first inning.
Ladd Rhodes singled with one out, stole second and scored on Nick Ray’s single.
The Bobcats increased the lead to 4-0 in the third.
Graham Odom, Zach Allen and Rhodes had three straight singles to start the inning, with Rhodes’ hit scoring Odom. Allen and Rhodes advanced when the ball was booted in leftfield. Vito Perna then hit a sacrifice fly to deep center to score Allen. Rhodes tagged, went to third and scored on Ray’s sacrifice fly to left.
The Pioneers made it 4-1 in the bottom of the third when Kenny Acosta led off with a double and Elvis Rodriguez was hit by a pitch. Garrett Brown then sacrificed on a bunt. The ball got knocked loose from Allen, who was covering first on the play, and Acosta was able to score all the way from second.
The Bobcats took a 5-1 lead in the fourth, but it would be the final time they would score. Ryan Roberts led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Chad Guice and went to third on Odom’s bunt. After Allen was hit by a pitch, Rhodes delivered his third single of the game to score Roberts.
Western Oklahoma began to chip into the lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Michael Cruz, Marty Dunlap and Roberto Duran each walked to load the bases with one out. Acosta then delivered an RBI single and Rose entered to replace Fall.
Rose got a strikeout, but Brown was hit by a pitch to force in a run and make it 5-3.
It stayed that way until the seventh.
Rodriguez led off with a single and Brown followed with a single. Wes Schill’s sacrifice fly to center scored Rodriguez and made it 5-4.
But the wheels came off in the bottom of the eighth when Western Oklahoma sent 10 batters to the plate, scored seven runs and got six hits.
After a strikeout to start the inning, Dunlap and Duran singled and Acosta followed with an RBI single off the third base bag to tie the game at 5-5. After the runners advanced on a wild pitch, Rodriguez was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Brown then bunted for a single, which scored Duran and put the Pioneers up 6-5.
After another strikeout, Schill delivered a major blow, doubling into the leftfield corner to clear the bases and put Western Oklahoma up 9-5. Schill went to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch.
Cruz then capped the inning with a home run over the rightfield wall.
Rhodes singled three times for JCJC, while Ray singled twice. Allen, Roberts and Odom added singles.
Chase Stewart, 3-2, pitched 1/3 of an inning and took the loss. He gave up four runs, three hits, walked one and struck out one. Ryan Waters went the final 2/3 of an inning, allowed three runs, three hits and struck out one.
Acosta doubled and singled twice for the Pioneers, while Brown singled twice ad Schill doubled. Esteban Paula, Dunlap, Duran and Rodriguez added singles. Schill had four RBIs.
Levi Lewis, 5-5, went the final 2 2/3 innings and posted the victory. He gave up no runs and one hit. Starter Victor Rosario went 5 2/3 innings, allowed five earned runs, seven hits, walked three and struck out three. Skyluar Neal went 2/3 of an inning, walked two and hit one.
Western Oklahoma held JCJC to just one hit over the final five innings.
Western Oklahoma 11, Jones County 5
Jones County (46-16) 103 100 000 – 5 8 2
Western Oklahoma (49-16) 001 200 17x – 11 11 1
Tyler Fall, Cameron Rose (4), Chase Stewart (8), Ryan Waters (8) and Ryan Roberts. Victor Rosario, Skyluar Neal (6), Levi Lewis (7) and Kenny Acosta. WP-Lewis (5-5). LP-Stewart (3-2). JCJC hitters: Ladd Rhodes 3 1B; Nick Ray 2 1B; Zach Allen 1B; Ryan Roberts 1B; Graham Odom 1B. Western Oklahoma hitters: Kenny Acosta 2B, 2 1B; Garrett Brown 2 1B; Michael Cruz HR; Wes Schill 2B; Esteban Paula 1B; Marty Dunlap 1B; Roberto Duran 1B; Elvis Rodriguez 1B. T-2:57.
NJCAA Division II World Series
May 28-June 4
David Allen Memorial Ballpark
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 results
Game 16, Madison 8, Kellogg 3
Game 17, Western Oklahoma 11, Jones County 5
June 3 game
Game 18, Western Oklahoma vs. Madison, 7 p.m.
June 4 game
Game 19, Jones County vs. Game 18 winner, 1 p.m.