No. 7 Lady Bobcats `run rule' Bishop State twiceFebruary 9, 2013
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – It was just about as perfect of a way to start the season for the 7th-ranked Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats here Saturday at Community Bank Park.
JCJC blanked Bishop State Community College (Ala.) 8-0 in the opener and whipped the Wildcats, 13-1 in the nightcap. Both games were called after five innings because of the 8-run rule.
The Lady Bobcats, 2-0, will travel to Meridian Community College Wednesday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader. They will host the annual Gwen Magee Invitational on Feb. 16. JCJC, 2-0, faces Pensacola Junior College (Fla.) at noon and Mississippi Delta Community College at 6 p.m. Pensacola faces Co-Lin Community College at 2 p.m. and Mississippi Delta meets Co-Lin at 4 p.m.
Bishop State is now 0-2.
Lady Bobcats 8, Bishop State 0
Sophomore pitcher Michele Hester went the distance, scattered seven hits and had no walks or strikeouts to set the pace for JCJC.
The Lady Bobcats took command in the second inning when Karley Crosby and Makenzie Hawkins reached on infield singles. South Jones freshman Reagan Gavin then laced a two-run triple down the rightfield line. C.C. Lawn’s groundout scored Gavin and gave JCJC a 3-0 lead.
JCJC added four runs in fourth. Andi Barrett and Gavin both singled. Lawn’s sacrifice bunt was thrown away, allowing Andi Barrett to score. Relanda McFarland then had an RBI single and Alex Barrett followed with a sacrifice. Bethany Volking then delivered an RBI single and Brooke David drove in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Lady Bobcats ended the game in the bottom of the fifth. Hawkins led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Andi Barrett. Gavin followed with a single and Lawn walked to load the bases.
McFarland then hit a ground ball to Kayla Rabon at first. Rabon tried to get Hawkins at the plate, but made a wild throw and the game was over.
Gavin had a triple and two singles for JCJC, while Volking had three singles. Hawkins had two singles, while McFarland, Crosby and Andi Barrett added singles.
Jodie Conner and Rabon each had three singles for Bishop State and Terrika Johnson-Gordon added a single.
Cassie Graydon went the distance and took the loss. She allowed 11 hits, walked one and struck out one.
Lady Bobcats 13, Bishop State 1
McFarland’s grand slam home run over the centerfield fence capped an 8-run, first inning and the Lady Bobcats were never threatened.
McFarland started the inning with a bunt single, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Alex Barrett’s single. Volking then ripped a triple to right-center to score Alex Barrett. David’s sacrifice fly to center scored Volking and made it 3-1.
Crosby then doubled and Gavin then delivered an RBI double. Angela Land and Lawn walked to load the bases and McFarland, who has already signed with William Carey University, blasted a drive over the centerfield fence to make it 8-1.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the fourth when JCJC scored four runs. Brittney McBrain led off with an infield single and McFarland walked. After a walk to McFarland, Volking followed with a two-run single. David drew a walk and Crosby followed with a run-scoring single. David would later score on a wild pitch and Keni May had a sacrifice fly to right to score Crosby.
Samantha Buller went the first four innings and got the victory. She gave up five hits, walked one and struck out two. Dana Arender pitched a perfect final inning for the Lady Bobcats.
McFarland homered, singled, drove in four runs and scored three times. Volking tripled, singled and had three RBIs. Crosby doubled and singled, while Gavin had a double. Alex Barrett and McBrain had singles.
Bri’ann Powell singled twice for Bishop State. Conner, Rachael Vincent and Janna Stringfellow added singles. Vincent’s single scored Conner in the top of the first for Bishop State’s only run.
Stringfellow started and took the loss. She went 3-plus innings, gave up nine runs and seven hits. Darrian Brown tossed 1/3 of an inning, allowed four runs, two hits and walked two. Kayla Radon went the final 2/3 of an inning.