JCJC Athletics Press Release
WESSON – For the fourth time in five years, the Jones County Junior College Bobcats are MACJC South Division champions.
The top-ranked Bobcats earned that distinction with a 14-5 victory over the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves here Saturday afternoon in Game 2 of a doubleheader. The Wolves took the opener, 18-10.
JCJC ends regular season play with a 38-8 overall record, which is a school record for regular season victories. The Bobcats finish 18-6 in division play. Hinds split vs. East Central on Saturday and finished second in the division at 17-7.
The Bobcats will now host Holmes Community College, the North Division No. 4 team, in a best-of-three playoff series on May 2-3 at Community Bank Park. Holmes swept Coahoma on Saturday and ends regular season play at 31-15.
Game times are to be determined, but Game 1 will be on May 2. Game 2 will be on May 3 with Game 3, if necessary, to follow 30 minutes after Game 2. All games will be nine innings.
In the other MACJC playoffs, East Central goes to East Mississippi, Pearl River visits Northeast and Hinds hosts Northwest.
The winner of the four playoff series will advance to the four-team, double elimination MACJC Tournament May 8-10 at the site of the highest remaining North Division seed.
Bobcats 14, Wolves 5
Josh Pankratz and Trent Giambrone each had four hits and three RBIs as JCJC rallied from a 5-2, second inning deficit.
Pankratz homered, doubled and singled twice, while Giambrone doubled and singled three times.
Carter Polles had a double and two singles, while Chris Morgan and Tyler Graves each doubled and singled. Jordan Stark and Stephen Stiglets each had a pair of singles to round out the 19-hit Bobcat attack.
Lane Ratliff, 6-2, posted the victory. He went six innings, allowed five runs (one earned), four hits, walked two and struck out nine. Daniel Goff tossed the seventh inning and notched a pair of strikeouts.
Adrian Brown, Stevie Hubbard, Dominic Savage and Ryan Young each singled for Co-Lin.
Colby Whitfield was the starter and loser. He went four innings, gave up nine runs (eight earned), 11 hits, walked two and struck out three. Corey Funk pitched the final three innings, gave up five runs (three earned), eight hits, walked three and struck out one.
Co-Lin ends the year at 12-32 overall and 8-16 in division play.
JCJC led 2-0 after one inning, but Co-Lin scored five runs in the second. The Bobcats would score twice in the third, five times in the fourth, twice in the sixth and three runs in the seventh.
Wolves 18, Bobcats 10
The Bobcats actually led the game 9-2 after 5 ½ innings and 10-8 entering the bottom of the eighth.
But the Wolves exploded for ten runs in the eighth and secured the win.
Alex Shermer homered, tripled twice and drove in four runs to lead the Bobcat offense.
Chase Hensley also homered and singled, while Graves doubled twice and singled. Morgan, Stark and Pankratz each singled twice, while Giambrone, Stiglets and Caleb Ladner added singles as the Bobcats pounded out 17 hits.
Hensley was the starter for JCJC. He pitched six innings, allowed seven runs (four earned), 13 hits, walked none and struck out three. Will Hazen pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowed one run (unearned), one hit and struck out one. Will Simon pitched 1/3 of an inning, allowed four runs (three earned) and two hits. Cole Barlow pitched 1/3 of an inning, gave up four runs (three earned), two hits and struck out one. Perry Turner pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowed two runs (both earned), three hits and struck out one.
Brown had a remarkable game for Co-Lin.
He was 6-for-6 at the plate with a home run, double, four singles and six RBIs. Mitch Little homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs. Whitfield homered, doubled, singled twice and had four RBIs. Phillip Lott doubled and singled twice, while Hubbard had two singles. Savage had a double with Wesley Watts and Young adding singles. Co-Lin finished the game with 21 hits.
Watts pitched the final two innings and was credited with the win. He gave up one run (earned) and four hits. Starter Shane Brown went 4 1/3 innings, allowed seven runs (six earned), eight hits, walked three and struck out two. Casey Hurley pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowed two runs (both earned), five hits and walked one.
Holmes at Jones County
Community Bank Park
May 2 games
Game 1, Holmes at Jones County, tba
May 3 games
Game 2, Holmes at Jones County, tba
Game 3, if necessary, 30 minutes after Game 2
Best-of-Three Opening Round Series
May 2/3 games
Holmes, North No. 4, at Jones County, South No. 1
East Central, South No. 4, at East Mississippi, North No. 1
Pearl River, South No. 3, at Northeast Mississippi, North No. 2
Northwest, North No. 3, at Hinds, South No. 2
Four winners advance to MACJC Tournament at site of highest remaining North Division seed