Buller tosses perfect game as No. 8 Lady Bobcats beat ICCMay 10, 2013
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
CLINTON – There was no letdown for the 8th-ranked Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats here Thursday afternoon in the Region 23 Tournament at Traceway Park.
Coming off an emotional, 9-6 victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast in the MACJC state championship game on Monday, the Lady Bobcats received a perfect game in the circle from Samantha Buller and got solo home runs from Bethany Volking and Kalyn McNabb and blanked the Itawamba Community College Lady Indians, 8-0 in five innings.
JCJC, 40-6 and winners of eight straight games, will now play East Central at 10 a.m. on Friday in round two. East Central dropped a 6-1 decision to top-ranked LSU-Eunice. In Thursday’s other game, Mississippi Gulf Coast rallied to beat Pearl River, 11-10.
In other 10 a.m. games on Friday, LSU-Eunice meets MGCCC and Pearl River faces Itawamba. The 10 a.m. games were originally scheduled for noon, but have been moved up to try and beat the forecast of rain in the area.
The top two teams in the regional tournament will advance to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament May 15-18, also here at Traceway Park.
Lady Bobcats 8, Lady Indians 0
Buller, a freshman from Iowa, La., did not allow a baserunner and struck out six as she improved to 24-2.
JCJC took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Volking hit a two-out, solo home run over the leftfield fence.
They made it 2-0 in the second when Makenzie Hawkins led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Rebecca Dunn. McNabb then singled and Reagan Gavin followed with an RBI single to left.
McNabb made it 3-0 in the fourth when she led off the inning with a home run to dead centerfield.
The Lady Bobcats ended the game via the ‘mercy rule’ when they scored five runs without getting a base hit in the bottom of the fifth.
With one out, Hawkins was hit by a pitch. Dunn and McNabb walked to load the bases and Gavin’s fielder’s choice grounder scored Hawkins. Dunn then came home on a wild pitch. CC Lawn’s groundout scored McNabb to make it 6-0.
Relanda McFarland then walked and Volking walked to load the bases. Bases-loaded walks to Karley Crosby and Brooke David forced in the game’s two final runs.
The bottom four batters in the Lady Bobcat lineup – Hawkins, Dunn, McNabb and Gavin – were officially 7-for-8 with three RBIs and six runs scored.
McNabb homered and singled, while Hawkins and Gavin each singled twice for JCJC. Volking homered and Dunn had a single. Gavin had two RBIs.
Rebecca Sloan, 15-6, started and took the loss for Itawamba. She went 4 1/3 innings, allowed three runs, eight hits, walked three and struck out one. Dani Taylor pitched 1/3 of an inning, gave up five runs, no hits, walked six and hit one.
ICC is now 31-14-1.