No. 6 Pioneers beat No. 5 Bobcats for World Series title

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-06-05 13:34:13

  

By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ENID, Okla. – The magical run of the 2011 Jones County Junior College Bobcat baseball season came to a heartbreaking end here Saturday night at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

The fifth-ranked Western Oklahoma State College Pioneers beat the sixth-ranked Bobcats, 11-1, in the championship game of the NJCAA Division II World Series.

Western Oklahoma, the nation’s leading hitting and home run team, had 14 base hits and three home runs on the night.

The outcome could not dampen what the Bobcats accomplished this season.

Head coach Christian Ostrander’s team set a school-record for victories (46), won its third state championship, its first Region 23 title and advanced to the World Series for the first time in school history. The Bobcats end the year with an impressive 46-17 record.

JCJC sophomore centerfielder Ladd Rhodes and sophomore first baseman Nick Ray ­­– who both played for Ostrander at Gulfport High School – were named to the NJCAA Division II World Series All-Tournament Team. Rhodes has already signed with Southeastern Louisiana University and Ray, who began his collegiate career at Mississippi State University before transferring to JCJC, is considering several options.

Western Oklahoma, playing in front of a partisan crowd of almost 3,000 fans, would not be denied in claiming its first national championship.

The Pioneers, who have 10 foreign players, including seven from the Dominican Republic, excelled on the mound and at the plate.

Pitcher Erlin Santos improved his record to 6-0 by going the distance, scattering eight hits and striking out five. Roberto Duran homered, doubled twice, singled and drove in six runs on the evening. Both Santos and Duran are from the Dominican Republic.

It was a tough way for standout pitcher Andrew Pierce to end his career at JCJC.

Pierce went 4 1/3 innings, allowed nine runs (all earned), eight hits, walked three and struck out four. Pierce, who has signed with Southern Miss, ends the year at 11-3 and goes 21-5 during his two years with the Bobcats.

The Pioneers took control quickly in the championship game.

Esteban Paula drew a walk to start the top of the first and Wes Schill followed with a sharp double just inside the third base bag to put runners on second and third. A Michael Cruz groundout to second drove in a run to make it 1-0. After a popup, Marty Dunlap drew a two-walk.

Duran then laced a two-run double into the leftfield corner to give Western Oklahoma a 3-0 lead.

Zach Allen drew a leadoff walk for JCJC in the bottom of the first, but he was erased on a double play groundout ­ – the first of four twinkillings the Pioneers would turn on the evening.

The Bobcats scored their only run in the second inning when Ray led off with a single, took second on a groundout and scored when Ryan Roberts singled to deep right to make it 3-1.

The Pioneers took a 6-1 lead in the third.

Schill led off the inning with a solo shot to left field to make it 4-1. Pierce retired the next two batters, but Dunlap singled and Duran followed with a two-run drive to left to make it 6-1.

Western Oklahoma would close the scoring with a five-run, fifth.

Schill walked, stole second and was sacrificed by Cruz. Jhiomar Cruz’s single scored Schill and Dunlap reached on an error.

At this point, Pierce was replaced by freshman Logan Riddell.

Duran came through immediately, with a two-run double to deep right-center to make it 9-1. Kenny Acosta followed with a two-home run to left to give Western Oklahoma a commanding 10-run lead.

Vito Perna would replace Riddell and be JCJC’s most effective pitcher. Perna, hitting the mid-90s on the radar gun, went the final 4 2/3 innings, gave up just two hits and struck out five.

The Bobcats had eight hits during the game – all singles. Darion Hamiton, Chase Headrick and Rhodes each singled twice. Ray and Roberts added singles.

After Duran’s outburst, the Pioneers got a home run and a double from Schill, a home run from Acosta and a double and a single from Rodriguez. Garrett Brown and Dunlap each singled twice, while Veras added a single.

Western Oklahoma ends the year at 51-16.

 

Championship game

Western Oklahoma 11, Jones County 1

Western Oklahoma (51-16) 303 050 000 – 11 14 0

Jones County (46-17)        010 000 000 – 1 8 2

Erlin Santos and Kenny Acosta. Andrew Pierce, Logan Riddell (5), Vito Perna (5) and Ryan Roberts. WP-Santos (6-0). LP-Pierce (11-3). JCJC hitters: Darion Hamilton 2 1B; Chase Headrick 2 1B; Ladd Rhodes 2 1B; Nick Ray 1B; Ryan Roberts 1B. Western Oklahoma hitters: Roberto Duran Jr. HR, 2 2B, 1B; Wes Schill HR, 2B; Elvis Rodriguez 1B, 2B; Garrett Brown 2 1B; Kenny Acosta HR; Marty Dunlap 2 1B; Jhiomar Veras 1B. T-2:50.

 

2011 NJCAA Division II World Series

All-Tournament Team

Jones County ­ ­– Ladd Rhodes, Nick Ray

Western Oklahoma ­– Levi Lewis, Elvis Rodriguez, Wes Schill, Kenny Acosta, Erlin Santos, Roberto Duran Jr.

Kellogg ­ – Adam Crall

Des Moines Area CC – Alex Crawford

Madison – Andrew Waslund

Most Valuable Player/Big Hitter – Roberto Duran Jr., Western Oklahoma.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Erlin Santos, Western Oklahoma

Top Defensive Player ­ – Treysen Vavra, Madison

Coach of the Tournament – Kurt Russell

 

 

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 results

Game 16, Madison 8, Kellogg 3

Game 17, Western Oklahoma 11, Jones County 5

June 3 result

Game 18, Western Oklahoma 7, Madison 6 (11 innings)

June 4 game

Game 19, championship, Western Oklahoma 11, JCJC 1

 Pioneers beat the sixth-ranked Bobcats, 11-1, in the championship game of the NJCAA Division II World Series.

Western Oklahoma, the nation’s leading hitting and home run team, had 13 base hits and three home runs on the night.

JCJC ends the best season in school history at 46-17.

Western Oklahoma ends the year at 50-17.
Ladd Rhodes and Nick Ray were named to the All-Tournament team.
More details will be posted later.

 

 

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 results

Game 16, Madison 8, Kellogg 3

Game 17, Western Oklahoma 11, Jones County 5

June 3 result

Game 18, Western Oklahoma 7, Madison 6 (11 innings)

June 4 game

Game 19, championship, Western Oklahoma 11, JCJC 1

 

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