No. 1 Lady Bobcats blast seven home runs in season opening sweep

No. 1 Lady Bobcats blast seven home runs in season opening sweep

This is a news release from JCJC athletics

ELLISVILLE – It was just like last year for the top-ranked Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats.

The three-time defending MACJC champion and NJCAA Division II national runnerup Lady Bobcats received two shutout pitching performances and slugged seven home runs as they swept Marion Military Institute (Alabama) 13-0 in five innings and 2-0 here Monday on a beautiful afternoon at Community Bank Park.

Six of the home runs came in the opener, including three in the first inning.

JCJC, 2-0, will now head south and play four games this weekend. They are at Pensacola State College (Florida) at noon on Saturday and Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, Alabama, at noon on Sunday.

MMI, 3-3, travels to East Central on Thursday.

Lady Bobcats 13, Lady Tigers 0

(5 innings)

Leadoff batter Kalyn Watts set the tone quickly.

The Oak Grove freshman lined a home run over the leftfield fence to lead off the game in the bottom of the first for JCJC.

New Hope sophomore Lauren Holifield and North Pontotoc freshman Brittany Seale also homered in the inning as JCJC took a 3-0 lead.

In the second inning, Harrison Central sophomore Karla Santiago was hit by a pitch and West Jones sophomore Savannah Lyon followed with a two-run homer. Watts then drew a walk and Holifield hit her second home run in as many innings to give the Lady Bobcats a 7-0 lead.

The Lady Bobcats scored six runs in the third inning.

Covington, Louisiana, sophomore Kimberly Nilsson was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Northwest Rankin freshman Tylesha Davis followed with a home run. After Lyon reached on a fielder's choice, Watts drew a walk. Lake Charles, Louisiana, sophomore Rebecca Monceaux then singled Lyon home to make it 10-0. Quitman sophomore Tori Dew's single scored Watts and Monceaux. After Holifield singled, Seale followed with an RBI single.

Mooreville sophomore Teri Richey, 1-0, was the starter and winner. She went three innings, allowed two hits, walked one and struck out four. Ocean Springs freshman Rachel Hayes went two innings, allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one.

Holifield homered twice, singled and drove in three runs, while Seale homered, singled and had two RBIs. Watts, Davis and Lyon each homered, while Dew and Monceaux added singles. Dew, Davis and Lyon each had two RBIs.

Kathryn Clark, Annelise Borg and Ashley Holt each singled for the Tigers.

Caitlyn Cooper started, went 1-plus inning and took the loss. She gave up five runs on four hits. Lauren Camacho went 1 1/3 innings, allowed six runs and two hits. Lindsey Savoie went the final 1 2/3 innings and gave up two runs and four hits.

Lady Bobcats 2, Lady Tigers 0

It was a different type of game than the opener, but the Lady Bobcats still prevailed.

JCJC took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Watts walked, was sacrificed to second by East Central freshman Shelby Nelson and scored on Dew's double.

St. Martin freshman Jay Harris blasted a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the second for the game's final run.

Once again, the Lady Bobcats were stellar in the circle.

Holifield, 1-0, started, went three innings, and was credited with the win. She gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two. In the top of the first, MMI loaded the bases with two outs, but Holifield struck out Taylor Saucier to end the threat.

Georgetown, Texas, freshman Kayleigh Williams pitched well in the final four innings. She allowed just one hit and struck out five.

Savoie went the distance and took the loss. She allowed two runs, eight hits, walked one and struck out two.

Alisea Balderaz singled twice for MMI, while Angel Harrison singled.