Posted: May 17, 2012 9:47 PM
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – Angela Land’s two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted the third-ranked Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats to an exciting, 3-1 victory over Des Moines Area Community College in a winner’s bracket game here Thursday afternoon in the NJCAA Division II World Series.
Earlier in the day, Lady Bobcat pitchers retired 15 batters in a row at one point and JCJC went on to defeat Delaware Technical and Community College, 9-4.
The Lady Bobcats, 44-9, are now one of just four unbeaten teams in the tournament.
JCJC will face unbeaten and second-ranked Phoenix College of Arizona at noon on Friday. Phoenix College posted a pair of 4-0 wins over CCBC-Catonsville (Md.) and Illinois Central College on Thursday.
The other two undefeated teams – top-ranked LSU-Eunice and fourth-ranked Cowley Community College (Kan.) – will also play at noon.
All games in the tournament are available on www.njcaatv.ihigh.com.
The 16-team, double-elimination tournament concludes on Saturday at Traceway Park.
Lady Bobcats 3, Bears 1
It was a closely contested battle throughout before Land’s home run decided things in the sixth.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Kenzie Alstott led off with a walk, advanced on a pair of groundball outs and scored on Sydney McCune’s double.
JCJC tied it in the third when Relanda McFarland tripled to deep right. Des Moines got the ball back to the infield, but made a wild throw to third, which allowed McFarland to score.
In the sixth, Rebecca Dunn drew a one-out walk. After a popup for the second out, Land came up and drove the ball over the leftfield fence for the game-winner.
Starting pitcher Ginger Lonergan went the distance and recorded her second win of the day.
Lonergan, 24-4, gave up four hits, walked three and struck out four.
Land homered and singled for the Lady Bobcats, while Relanda McFarland tripled twice.
Brook David, Dunn, Jessmar Walters and Lexus Griffith had singles.
Britney Lee went the distance and was tagged with the loss. She gave up three runs, eight hits, walked one and struck out one.
McCune doubled and singled for Des Moines, while Alstott and Kourtni Robinson added singles for Des Moines, 41-20.
Lady Bobcats 9, Roadrunners 4
Starter Ginger Lonergan allowed a leadoff single and then retired the next 12 batters she faced before being replaced by Lauren Candies to start the fifth inning. Lonergan struck out five, as she improved to 23-4. Candies went the final three innings, gave up five hits and one earned run.
JCJC started out quickly.
Leadoff batter Relanda McFarland led off with a bunt single, stole second and took third on a wild pitch, Haley Brooke Smith then walked and stole second. Bethany Volking’s sacrifice fly to center scored McFarland and Karley Crosby then singled home Smith and Brooke David singled. Crosby would score on an illegal pitch.
JCJC made it 4-0 in the third when David reached on an error and Dunn reached on a fielder’s choice. Dunn would later score on another error.
The Lady Bobcats made it 7-0 in the fourth.
Lexus Griffith led of with a walk and McFarland tripled to the gap in right-center to drive her home. McFarland would then score on an error when the catcher dropped the ball during a rundown play. David’s sacrifice fly would score Smith, who reached on a fielder’s choice.
Delaware Tech scored three runs in the sixth when pinchhitter Taylor Oliphant walked and pinchhitter Asia Brittingham singled. Brooke Evans followed with a single and Oliphant and Brittingham would both end up scoring on errors. Jenna Cahall’s single scored Evans to make it 7-3.
JCJC made it 9-3 in the sixth.
Volking singled and Crosby followed with a single to left. The ball got past the leftfielder, allowing Volking to score. Dunn would then triple to right to score Crosby.
Delaware Tech scored in the seventh when Alexis Oliphant singled, Whitney Brittingham singled, Taylor Wharton reached on a fielder’s choice and Taylor Oliphant’s groundout drove in the run.
McFarland tripled and singled twice for JCJC, while Crosby singled twice and Dunn tripled. Volking, David, Jessmar Walters and Griffith added singles.
Evans singled twice for the Roadrunners, while Cahall, Alexis Oliphant, Whitney Brittingham and Asia Brittingham added singles.
Stephanie Wheatley started and took the loss. She went 3-plus innings, allowed six runs (three earned), six hits and walked two. Brenda Murphy pitched two innings, gave up one run on one hit and walked one. Melissa Trout pitched the final inning and gave up two runs on three hits.
Delaware Tech fell to 35-4 with the loss.
At Traceway Park
Jones County 9, Delaware Tech 4
Delaware Tech (35-4) 000 003 1 – 4 6 5
Jones County (43-90 301 302 x – 9 10 2
Stephanie Wheatley, Brenda Murphy (4), Melissa Trout (6) and Kelsey Oliphant. Ginger Lonergan, Lauren Candies (5) and Brooke David, Jessmar Walters (4). WP-Lonergan (23-4). LP-Wheatley. Delaware Tech hitters: Brooke Evans 2 1B; Jenna Cahall 1B; Alexis Oliphant 1B; Whitney Brittingham 1B; Asia Brittingham 1B. JCJC hitters: Relanda McFarland 3B, 2 1B; Karley Crosby 2 1B; Rebecca Dunn 3B; Bethany Volking 1B; Brooke David 1B; Jessmar Walters 1B; Lexus Griffith 1B. LOB: Delaware Tech-2; JCJC-6. T-1:40.
Jones County 3, Des Moines Area CC 1
Des Moines (41-20) 100 000 0 – 1 4 2
Jones County (44-9) 001 002 x – 3 8 1
Britney Lee and Jayden Ott. Ginger Lonergan and Brooke David. WP-Lonergan (24-4). LP-Lee. DMACC hitters: Sydney McCune 2B, 1B; Kenzie Alstott 1B; Kourtni Robinson 1B. JCJC hitters: Angela Land HR, 1B; Relanda McFarland 2 3B; Brooke David 1B; Rebecca Dunn 1B; Jessmar Walters 1B; Lexus Griffith 1B. LOB: DMACC -7; JCJC-6. T-1:24.
G1, Field 1 LSU-Eunice 8, East Central College (Mo.) 0
G2, Field 2, Muskegon Community College (Mich.) 3, Black Hawk College (Ill.) 2
G3, Field 3, Cowley College (Kan.) 3, Mercyhurst North East (Pa.) 2
G4, Field 1, Mott Community College (Mich.) 6, Kankakee Community College (Ill.) 2
G5, Field 2, Jones County Junior College 9, Delaware Tech 4
G6, Field 2, Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa) 4, Parkland College (Ill.) 3
G7, Field 3, Illinois Central College 3, Highland Community College (Kan.) 1
G8, Field 4, Phoenix College of Arizona 4, CCBC-Catonsville (Md.) 0
G9, Field 1, Black Hawk College (Ill.) 8, East Central College (Mo.) 0
G10, Field 2, Mercyhurst NorthEast (Pa.) 2, Kankakee CC (Ill.) 1
G11, Field 3, Parkland College (Ill.) 9, Delaware Tech 2
G12, Field 4, Highland CC (Kan.) 14, CCBC-Catonsville (Md.) 4
G13, Field 1, LSU-Eunice 6, Muskegon CC (Mich.) 0
G14, Field 2, Cowley College (Kan.) 8, Mott CC (Mich.) 1
G15, Field 3, Jones County 3, Des Moines Area CC 1
G16, Field 4, Phoenix College (Ariz.) 4, Illinois Central 0
G17, Field 4, Highland CC (Kan.) vs. Muskegon CC (Mich.), 10 a.m.
G18, Field 3, Parkland College (Ill.) vs. Mott CC (Mich.), 10 a.m.
G19, Field 2, Mercyhurst NorthEast (Pa.) vs. Des Moines Area CC, 10 a.m.
G20, Field 1, Black Hawk College (Ill.) vs. Illinois Central, 10 a.m.
G21, Field 1, LSU-Eunice vs. Cowley College (Kan.), noon
G22, Field 2, Jones County vs. Phoenix College (Ariz.), noon
G23, Field 3, Winner G20 vs. Winner G19, noon
G24, Field 4, Winner G18 vs. Winner G17, noon
G25, Field 1, Winner G23 vs. Loser G21, 2 p.m.
G26, Field 3, Winner G24 vs. Loser G22, 2 p.m.
G27, Field 2, Winner G21 vs. Winner G22, 4 p.m.
G28, Field 1, Winner G25 vs. Winner G28, 9:30 a.m.
G29, Field 1, Winner G28 vs. Loser G27, 11:30 a.m.
G30, Field 2, Winner G27 vs. Winner G29, 1:30 p.m.
G31, Field 2, if necessary, 3:30 p.m.
Lady Bobcat third baseman Bethany Volking gets ready to throw out a runner during Thursday’s 9-4 win over Delaware Tech.
Photo/Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information