The Bobcats defeated the 15th-ranked East Central Community College Warriors 9-4 in game one and 7-2 in the nightcap here at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.
It was the second straight division sweep for JCJC, 19-9 overall, and it moves the Bobcats into a tie for first place in the South Division with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Both JCJC and MGCCC are 6-2 in the division and they will face each other at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Perkinston. The games will be audiocast on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call.
East Central, 16-12 overall and 5-5 in league play, hosts Southwest at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Bobcats 9, Warriors 4
Andrew Pierce went the distance and posted the victory. He allowed four runs (one earned), five hits, walked none, struck out seven and upped his record to 4-1.
JCJC took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Vito Perna doubled and scored on Darion Hamilton’s single. Hamilton would later score on an error.
The Warriors then took advantage of three JCJC errors and scored two runs to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second.
However, JCJC would send 11 batters to the plate and score six runs in the third to take control, 8-2. Perna and Chase Headrick each had two-run doubles in the inning, while Graham Odom had a run-scoring single and Nick Ray had an RBI.
East Central made it 8-3 in the bottom of the third when Vincent Kortbawi doubled and scored on Richie Long’s single.
The Bobcats got their final run in the fifth when catcher Ryan Roberts led off with a home run over the rightfield wall.
The Warriors scored their final run in the sixth, taking advantage of two more Bobcat errors.
Perna had two doubles and a single and Zach Allen had three singles to pace the 15-hit Bobcat attack, while Roberts had his second home run of the season. Chad Guice, Hamilton and Odom each had a pair of singles. Headrick had a double, with Ladd Rhodes getting a single.
Long had three singles to pace the Warriors, while Kortbawi doubled and Kyle Moore singled.
Bobby Bryan was the starter and loser for ECCC. He went two-plus innings, allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits. Seth Kidd pitched to four Bobcats and did not retire a batter. He allowed four runs (three earned) and three hits. Tyler Dalton went two-plus innings, giving up a run and four hits. Casey Wells pitched two-plus innings, allowed no runs, two hits, walked three and struck out two. Cal Cossich went the final inning.
Bobcats 7, Warriors 2
Blake McIlwain pitched effectively for five-plus innings and the Bobcats used a six-run, fifth inning to subdue East Central in game two.
McIlwain allowed one earned run, four hits, walked two and struck out six, as he evened his record at 2-2
The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the third without a hit. Rhodes reached on a two-error and would later score on another error.
The floodgates opened in the fifth when Allen reached on a one-out walk. Rhodes followed with a single and Guice reached on an error. Ray was hit by a pitch to force in a run and Perna delivered another RBI single. Hamilton then followed with a two-run single. Roberts would draw a walk and Odom would have another two-run single to give JCJC a 7-0 lead.
East Central got a run in the sixth when Jeremy May singled and would score on an error. Tanner Noakley reached on a bunt single in the seventh and scored on May’s RBI single to close the scoring.
Perna and Rhodes each singled twice for the Bobcats, while Ray, Hamilton and Odom added singles.
May and Charles Hill each singled twice for the Warriors. Darmaal Moore, Vincent Kortbawi and Noakley added singles.
Colton Mitchell was the starter and loser for the Warriors. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowed seven runs (three earned), four hits, walked one and struck out eight. Joel McKee pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up two hits. Mitchell Wooten pitched an inning and gave up a hit and Brock Ward went the final inning and did not allow a hit.