Bobcats score late to edge Warriors, 3-2March 16, 2013
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – Lamar Anthony’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and lifted the Jones County Junior College Bobcats to a 3-2 victory over the East Central Community College Warriors in game one of a doubleheader here Saturday afternoon at Community Bank Park.
In game two, the Warriors held JCJC to only one hit en route to a 9-0 victory, snapping a nine-game Bobcat winning streak.
The Bobcats, 15-7 overall and 3-1 in the MACJC South Division, will host Co-Lin in a 4 p.m. Wednesday twinbill. Both games will air on www.jcjc.tv with Shawn Wansley on the call.
East Central, 9-12 overall and 2-2 in division play, hosts Southwest on Wednesday.
Bobcats 3, Warriors 2
JCJC took advantage of a dropped pop up to score the eventual game-winning run.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, JCJC’s Collin Dexter hit a pop up on the infield. ECCC third baseman Maxwell Harmon dropped the ball and Dexter – running all the way – made it to second base.
Anthony then came through with the clutch, two-out single to left to score Dexter.
Jeremy Kidd entered in relief of starter Westin Stringer to pitch the seventh. He allowed a two-out walk to Kalik May, but got Tim Anderson a flyout to rightfield to end the game and record the save.
Bobcat starter Westin Stringer went the first six innings and got the victory, improving his record to 5-0. He allowed two runs, seven hits, walked one, hit one and struck out two.
JCJC took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on three straight hits. Trent Giambrone led off with a single, followed by a Codey Minter double. Benji Sullivan’s single to left scored Giambrone.
The Warriors tied it at 1-1 in the second when Rubert Alcantara doubled with one out and scored on Chase Domino’s double.
JCJC went up 2-1 in the second when Dexter walked and scored on Anthony’s RBI double.
ECCC answered with a run in the fourth. Alcantara led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Domino. Alcantara would eventually score on a Bobcat error.
JCJC averted further damage in the inning when Terrance Steele singled to right. Harmon tried to score from second, but the 9-3-2 relay – Alex Shermer to Jordan Stark to Tyler Graves – got him thrown out at the plate.
Anthony doubled, singled and drove in two runs for the Bobcats. Minter had a double, while Giambrone and Sullivan added singles.
Severino Signa went the distance and took the loss for the Warriors. He gave up five hits, struck out three, walked two and hit one.
Alcantara doubled and singled for East Central, while Domino doubled. Kalik May, Anderson, Jordan Mixon and Steele had singles.
Warriors 9, Bobcats 0
East Central’s Fernando Gonzalez allowed just an infield single through five innings and Mitchell Wooten threw two innings of hitless relief as they combined for the shutout.
Gonzalez had one strikeout, one walk and hit one. Wooten hit one batter during his stint.
The Warriors scored three runs in the first when Ryan Shotts led off with a double and scored on Tim Anderson’s single. Xzavier Franklin was hit by a pitch and Rubert Alcantara’s groundout scored Anderson. Chase Domino’s single scored Franklin.
The Warriors went up 5-0 in the second when Maxwell Harmon was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Steele reached on an error. A Jake Bush groundout scored Harmon and Anderson’s single scored Steele.
ECCC went up 7-0 in the third. Domino reached on an infield single and courtesy runner Zach May stole second. Kalik May would then single. Zach May scored on a wild pitch and Kalik May would score on an error.
The Warriors closed the scoring in the fourth. Anderson was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Franklin singled. Alcantara’s fielder’s choice scored Anderson and Franklin would come home on a throwing error.
Josh Pankratz, 2-2, was the starter and loser. He went one-plus inning, allowed four runs and three hits. Cole Barlow pitched two innings and gave up five hits. Kyle East went the final four innings, allowed no runs and only two hits.
Tyler Graves’ infield single in the fourth was JCJC’s only hit.
Anderson had three singles for the Warriors, while Franklin, Domino and Kalik May had two singles each. Shotts added a double.