No. 1 LSU-Eunice defeats No. 2 JCJC in rain-shortened Region 23 title game; both teams qualify for nationalsMay 11, 2014
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information
ELLISVILLE – The 2nd-ranked Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats are headed to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the third consecutive year.
The Lady Bobcats broke a scoreless tie with a six-run fifth inning and went on to defeat the Pearl River Lady Wildcats 7-1 in an elimination game of the Region 23 Tournament here Saturday afternoon at Community Bank Park.
That game clinched a spot in the national tournament for JCJC because the top two teams in Region 23 play qualify.
Top-ranked LSU-Eunice then claimed the region crown with a rain-shortened, 6-1 victory in five innings.
The national tournament, which is a 16-team double-elimination event, will be May 14-17 at Clinton’s Traceway Park. The tournament bracket will be released Monday after the teams are seeded.
Both teams will open play in the national tournament on Wednesday.
JCJC is now 48-4, while LSU-Eunice is 58-2.
Lady Bobcats 7, Lady Wildcats 1
The Lady Bobcats sent 10 batters to the plate and got five hits to take command.
Bailey Stokes led off the inning with a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Danielle Barton. Reagan Gavin sacrificed Barton to second and Savannah Lyon followed with a single to put runners on first and third. Callen Gibson’s sacrifice fly to center scored Barton and Lyon took second on the throw. Kimberly Nilsson then doubled Lyon home to make it 2-0.
Tori Dew then followed with her 20th home run of the season to give JCJC a 4-0 lead. Lauren Holifield then doubled and Brittany Seale singled to put runners on first and third. Makenzie Hawkins reached on an error, which allowed Holifield to score. Seale scored on a passed ball to make it 6-0.
Pearl River got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Hannah Holloway hit a one-out home run to center.
The Lady Bobcats added a run in the seventh when Dew singled, Seale walked and Hawkins singled to load the bases. Stokes then hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Dew.
Samantha Buller improved to 28-1 with the victory. She went the distance, allowed one run, four hits, walked two and struck out four.
Dew homered and singled to pace JCJC, while Seale singled twice. Nilsson and Holifield each doubled with Hawkins and Lyon adding singles.
Holloway homered for PRCC, while Emily Jackson, Kaci Lantrip and Allie Flynt added singles.
Rachel Hickman went 4 2/3 innings and took the loss. She gave up three runs (all earned), three hits, walked two and struck out one. Courtney Warr faced four batters and failed to retire any. She allowed three runs (one earned) and three hits. Ashley Hawkins went the final 2 1/3 innings, allowed one run, two hits and walked two.
PRCC ends the year at 28-20.
Lady Bengals 6, Lady Bobcats 1
The game was called in the top of the fifth when the rains came. JCJC had two baserunners on base with no outs at the time.
LSU-Eunice took a 1-0 lead in the first when Taylor Boulet and Brooklyn Clark singled and Emily Nolan reached on an error to load the bases. Destin Vicknair’s sacrifice fly to left scored Boulet.
The Lady Bengals took a 4-0 lead in the second.
Ashley Subervielle and Ginny Daggett walked and Codi Covington followed with a run-scoring single. Boulet then singled and Clark’s sacrifice fly to center scored Daggett. Covington would then score on a wild pitch.
JCJC’s only run came in the third when Dew doubled and Holifield followed with an RBI single.
LSU-Eunice ended the scoring in the fourth when Clark singled and Nolan followed with a home run to right.
Buller went 1 1/3 innings and took the loss. She gave up four runs (three earned), four hits and walked two. Holifield pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowed two earned runs, four hits and walked four. Teri Richey pitched an inning and gave up one hit.
Holifield had two singles, while Dew had a double. CC Lawn, Stokes and Lyon added singles.
Vicknair went four-plus innings and got the win. She gave up one earned run, six hits, walked two and struck out five.
Boulet, Clark and Subervielle had two hits each, while Nolan homered. Covington and Vicknair added singles.