Press release from JCJC Athletics
ELLISVILLE – It had been 10 days since Jones County Junior College had played a baseball game.
But the Bobcats showed no ill effects of the layoff with an impressive sweep over East Central in their MACJC opening doubleheader here Wednesday at Community Bank Park.
Erick Hoard’s three-run home run helped the Bobcats rally and win game one, 8-4. In game two, Calder Mikell threw his second straight one-hitter, struck out 10 and Hoard had a grand slam home run as JCJC completed the sweep with a 10-0, five-inning victory.
JCJC is now 19-1 overall and 2-0 in the league. East Central falls to 14-8 and 2-2.
The Bobcats will host East Mississippi in a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. The games were originally scheduled for Scooba, but had to be moved because of tornado damage to the EMCC baseball field several weeks ago. Both games will air on www.jcjc.tv.
The Warriors will host Coahoma on Saturday.
Bobcats 8, Warriors 4
Trailing 2-1, JCJC took command with a five-run, fifth inning.
Fred Franklin opened the inning with a single. Clint Sasser grounded out and Franklin took second. After a fly out, Mason Irby was intentionally walked. John Alan Wall’s single tied the game at 2-2.
Hoard then blasted a three-run home run to right to give JCJC a 5-2 lead.
Jonathan Parker followed with a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Josh Keel. Keel stole second and scored on Dalton Skelton’s double to left.
The Warriors made it 6-4 in the seventh. Matthew Mitchell doubled and scored on Nathan Roseberry’s single. Dylan Snypes doubled Roseberry home.
JCJC scored twice in the eighth.
Clint Sasser hit a one-out solo home run. Shelton Wallace and Mason Irby were both hit by pitches. They advanced on Wall’s ground out and Wallace scored on a passed ball.
The Warriors had taken a 1-0 lead in the second when Cole Prestegard doubled, went to third on passed ball and scored on Mitchell’s single.
JCJC tied it in the third when Franklin was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Irby’s single.
Prestegard’s home run put ECCC up 2-1 in the fourth.
Mason Strickland, 3-0, was the starter and winner for the Bobcats.
He went seven innings, allowed four earned runs, 10 hits, walked none and struck out three. Will Brand pitched the eighth inning and gave up one hit and Tyler Spring allowed no hits in the ninth.
Sasser homered and singled, while Skelton doubled and singled for the Bobcats. Hoard homered, while Irby, Wall and Franklin added singles.
Prestegard homered and doubled for ECCC, while Mitchell doubled and singled. Brandon Clark singled twice with Snypes and Billy Cameron adding doubles. William Kennedy, Roseberry and Michael Davis had singles.
Peyton Cain pitched the first 4 2/3 innings and took the loss. He allowed four runs, four hits, walked three and struck out one. Tyler Ladner, Brock Morris, Christian Bellew and Channing Wall also pitched for ECCC.
Bobcats 10, Warriors 0
In his previous start, Mikell, 4-0, had a one-hitter in a 1-0 win over Arkansas Baptist on March 5.
The only baserunners he allowed on Wednesday came in the fifth when he walked Ty Alderman and Matthew Mitchell followed with a single. But Mikell would strike out the next three batters.
Hoard’s grand slam gave him seven RBIs on the day.
JCJC took a 2-0 lead in the first when Clint Sasser led off with a single and Chris Richardson reached on a two-base error. Mason Irby followed with a two-run single.
In the third, Sasser reached on an error, Richardson walked and Irby was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Hoard then launched his grand slam over the right field wall to make it 6-0.
The Bobcats ended the game in the fifth.
John Alan Wall led off with a double and Hoard reached on a fielder’s choice. Wall scored on an error on the play and Jonathan Parker followed with a single. Marcus Hardy then reached on a fielder’s choice.
Dalton Skelton doubled pinch-runner Josh Keel home and Fred Franklin walked. Sasser’s double scored Hardy and Skelton to end the game.
Sasser doubled and singled and had two RBIs, while Hoard homered and had four RBIs. Skelton and Wall each had doubles, while Irby singled and drove in two runs. Parker also singled.
Luke Yancey was the starter and loser. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowed six runs (five earned), three hits, walked one and struck out one. Hagan Brown and Christian Bellew also pitched for ECCC.