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Stringer's no-hitter keys No. 17 Bobcats past Bears
 April 8, 2013

By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – Westin Stringer tossed a no-hitter to lead the 17th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats to a 7-0 victory over Southwest Mississippi Community College here Saturday afternoon at Community Bank Park.

Stringer, a freshman from Terry, walked three and struck out two.

In game two, the Bears rallied from a 1-0 deficit with a pair of runs in the sixth inning and posted a 2-1 decision over JCJC.

The Bobcats are now 22-10 overall and 10-4 in the MACJC South Division. Southwest is 13-21 overall and 4-10 in the league.

The Bobcats travel to East Central at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, while SMCC visits Coahoma on Tuesday.

Bobcats 7, Bears 0

Stringer, 6-0, got in trouble only once in the game.

In the fourth inning, Brandon Austin and Logan Ferrell drew walks to start the inning. With one out, Kendric Hodges reached on catcher’s interference to load the bases. Collin Carroll then flied out to shallow leftfield and Stringer retired Anthony Durr on a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the third when JCJC sent nine batters to the plate and scored six runs.

With one out, Trent Giambrone and Codey Minter each singled and Benji Sullivan walked to load the bases. Tyler Graves then delivered an RBI single. Josh Pankratz then hit a ground ball to third, which was booted, allowing two runs to score. Jordan Stark then drove in a run with an infield single.

Alex Shermer then had a two-run single to make it 6-0.

JCJC ended the scoring in the fourth when Giambrone doubled and scored on Sullivan’s single.

Graves had three singles to pace JCJC, while Giambrone doubled and singled. Sullivan singled twice, while Minter, Stark and Shermer added singles.

Dylan Gregoire started and took the loss for Southwest. He allowed 10 hits, walked one and struck out two. Colton Lee pitched an inning and notched a strikeout.

Bears 2, Bobcats 1

JCJC took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Sullivan and Graves singled with two outs. Pankratz then hit a pop fly to shallow center. Second baseman Brandon Austin called for the ball and then was called off by centerfielder Andrew Hulbert. But the ball fell to the field for a single and Sullivan scored.

It stayed that way until the sixth when the Bears took advantage of a couple of hits, an error and a catcher’s interference call to take the lead.

Logan Ferrell reached on an error to start the inning and Kade Scivicque followed with a double just inside the third base bag. Collin Carroll’s sacrifice fly to right scored Ferrell.

Hodges then appeared to ground out to Giambrone at second. But catcher’s interference was called, placing runners on first and third. Anthony Durr then singled to right to score courtesy runner Marvin Van Buren.

JCJC got two runners on base with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but a ground out and a fly out ended the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Minter drilled a two-out double to right-center. But Scivicque – who had been catching the whole game, but switched to pitcher to start the seventh – got a groundout to end the game.

Ryan Milton got his first start of the year, went four innings, allowed just one hit and walked two. Cody Brewer pitched the fifth, allowed no hits, issued a walk and got a strikeout.

Jeremy Kidd pitched 1/3 of an inning and was charged with the loss. He gave up two runs (one earned) and two hits. Cole Barlow pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and retired all five batters he faced. He had two strikeouts.

Pankratz had two singles for JCJC, while Minter doubled. Sullivan, Graves and Stark had singles.

Kyle Crifasi started, went the first five innings and got the win. He gave up one run, three hits and walked one. Jared Simon pitched the sixth inning, allowed no runs and two hits. Scivicque pitched the seventh and recorded his sixth save. He allowed one hit.

Scivicque doubled and singled for SMCC. Durr had a single.

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