POPLARVILLE – Will Hazen and Daniel Goff combined on a three-hitter to lead 10th-ranked Jones County Junior College to a 2-1 victory over Pearl River in game two of a doubleheader here Wednesday evening at Wildcat Stadium.
In game one, Dylan Manichia and Mason Irby each had four singles and the Bobcats scored 10 runs in their final two at-bats and beat the Wildcats, 16-5 in seven innings.
JCJC is now 24-10 overall and 11-7 in the MACJC. The Bobcats will host Holmes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Community Bank Park.
Pearl River falls to 9-25 overall and 3-15 in league play. The Wildcats travel to Mississippi Delta on Saturday.
Bobcats 2, Wildcats 1
Hazen, 4-1, went the first five innings and recorded the win.
He gave up one run (unearned), three hits and walked one. Goff notched his first save by not allowing a hit and walking one over the final two innings.
Pearl River took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Gage Teer reached on an error and Kreg Garner reached on a fielder's choice. Chandler Ray drew a walk and Garren Berry doubled Garner home.
The Bobcats tied it in the fourth when Chris Morgan walked, was sacrificed to second by Manichia and Carter Polles followed with an RBI double.
JCJC took the lead in the sixth.
Chris Richardson and Morgan singled to start the inning. Irby then came through with a two-out, RBI single to right to score Richardson.
Polles doubled for the Bobcats with Morgan, Irby and Richardson adding singles.
Jacob Taylor went the distance and took the loss for PRCC. He gave up two runs, four hits, walked two and struck out seven.
Berry doubled, while Derrick Mount and Carter Hankins added singles for PRCC.
Bobcats 16, Wildcats 5
JCJC took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Manichia and Polles drew walks and Irby followed with an RBI single. Tyler Schankin later had an RBI single.
The Wildcats then scored three runs without getting a hit in the bottom of the inning.
Tracy Hadley Jr. was hit by a pitch, Mount walked and Jalen Haskin was hit by a pitch. Teer then walked to force in a run and Mount scored on a wild pitch. Brody Bray's sacrifice fly scored Haskin.
The Bobcats took a 4-3 lead in the second.
Clint Sasser was hit by a pitch, stole second, went to third on balk and scored on Richardson's sacrifice fly. Manichia then singled, Polles walked and Irby came through with another RBI single.
Pearl River regained the lead at 5-4 in the bottom of the second when Mount singled and Haskin followed with a home run.
JCJC took a 6-5 lead in the fourth.
Manichia singled, Polles reached on a fielder's choice and Irby followed with another single. John Alan Wall tied the game with a single and Schankin's groundout scored courtesy runner Josh Keel.
The Bobcats went ahead 10-5 in the sixth.
Manichia singled, Polles was hit by a pitch and Irby singled to load the bases. Wall then followed with a two-run single. Peyton Attaway was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Sasser was hit by a pitch to score a run. Richardson then walked to force in another run.
The Bobcats put it away with a six-run, seventh.
Manichia led off with a walk and Polles doubled. Manichia then scored on a wild pitch and Irby walked. Wall reached on an error, which allowed Polles to score. Sasser then walked to load the bases and Richardson walked to score a run.
Morgan then reached on an error, which allowed Wall and Sasser to score. Manichia's single scored Richardson.
Will Brand, 5-1, went the final 4 2/3 innings and posted the win. He allowed no runs, two hits, walked two and struck out two. Will Simon pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowed two runs, three hits, walked one and struck out one. Polles was the starter and faced five batters.
After Manichia and Irby's effort at the plate, Wall had two singles and four RBIs. Polles had a double with Schankin and Sasser adding singles.
Haskin homered and singled for PRCC. Mount, Garner and Hankins added singles.
Reagan Wease, the third of six PRCC pitchers, took the loss. Zachary Boone, Trey Grice, Carlos Lott, Brock Roberts and Ray also pitched for the Wildcats.