Season ends for No. 3 Jones Lady Bobcats

Season ends for No. 3 Jones Lady Bobcats

MAGEE – The 3rd-ranked Jones College Bobcats needed to win three games here Monday to continue postseason play.

They came up just a bit short.

The Lady Bobcats allowed six unearned runs in the first inning and went to drop a 7-4 decision to Copiah-Lincoln in the third-place game of the MACJC Tournament at the Magee Sportsplex. 

Jones ends the season at 43-8. Earlier in the day, Jones had eliminated No. 14 East Central 8-3 and No. 12 Mississippi Gulf Coast, 7-4.

Co-Lin, 30-15, advances to the Region 23 Tournament at Pearl River, which will be played Wednesday through Friday.

Itawamba defeated Pearl River 8-0 in five innings in the title game, but ICC cannot host the region tournament because teams are not allowed to host the event two years in a row. LSU-Eunice will be the fourth team in the Region 23 Tournament field.

The tournament had to be moved to Magee after heavy rains made the field at Community Bank Park/Gwen Magee Field unplayable last week.

Copiah-Lincoln 7, Jones College 4

The Lady Bobcats could not completely recover from the first inning.

Co-Lin's Katelyn Hayman led off the first with a single and Callie Fortenberry reached on a fielder's choice. Marley Poole followed with a single and an error allowed Fortenberry to score and Poole to reach third base.

Amber Brinson, Hannah Walls and Julie Scheurmann reached on consecutive errors, which allowed a run to score and loaded the bases. After a pop out for the second out, Ky'Albri Washington singled a run home and Delaine McMillan followed with a two-run double. Hayman was hit by a pitch and Fortenberry ended the scoring with an RBI infield single.

Jones got on the board in the top of the third inning when Mollie Singleterry (Wayne County) led off with a double and LP Trammell (Germantown) followed with an RBI double.

McMillan answered with a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the third to make it 7-1.

Jones cut the lead to 7-2 in the sixth when Kayla Collins (East Central) and Rebekah DiLavore (Ocala, Florida) started the inning with singles. Gracie McCleskey (Caledonia) drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Singleterry grounded into a fielder's choice to score Collins, but a pop out ended the inning.

The Lady Bobcats made it interesting in the seventh.

Raven Blackwell (St. Patrick) led off with a double and McKennah Sikes (Van Buren, Arkansas) followed with her 17thhome run of the season over the rightfield fence to cut the lead to 7-4.

With one out, Collins singled and with two outs, Raylen Blackwell (St. Patrick) was hit by a pitch to bring the tying run to the plate. But a strikeout ended the game. 

Trammell doubled and singled twice and Collins had three singles for Jones. DiLavore doubled and singled and Sikes homered. Raven Blackwell and Singleterry added doubles.

Donald started and went .2 of an inning and took the loss. She allowed six runs (none earned) and three hits. Donald ends the year at 25-2, which is currently the third most wins in the nation. Lauren Stringer (Taylorsville) pitched the final 5.1 innings, allowing one run, three hits, no walks and posting six strikeouts.

McMillan homered and doubled for Co-Lin with Hayman, Fortenberry, Poole and Washington adding singles.

Starter Kaytlon Ward went 6.1 innings and got the win. She allowed four runs, 11 hits, walked two and struck out four. McKenzie Gros went the final .2 of an inning and got the save. She had one strikeout.

Jones College 7, Mississippi Gulf Coast 4

A six-run first inning was the difference for the Lady Bobcats.

Trammell, Raven Blackwell and Sikes each drew a walk to start the game. Faith Denton (Northwest Rankin) then had an RBI single and Collins followed with an opposite field grand slam to give Jones a 5-0 lead. With two outs in the inning, McCleskey launched a solo home run to center.

The Bulldogs scored a run in the top of the second when Kayla Cade singled, advanced to second on a ground out and scored on a single by Briana Shores. 

MGCCC cut the lead to 6-4 in the third. 

 Marsha' Hunt led off with an infield single, advanced to second on an error and scored on a single by Kayla Cade. Shelby Archer then hit a two-run home run to left.

Jones added a run in the third when Collins walked, stole second and scored when McCleskey reached on an error.

Denton singled twice with Collins and McCleskey getting home runs. Raven Blackwell had a double.

Donald went the distance and got the win. She allowed four runs, 10 hits, walked none and struck out nine.

Hunt and Kayla Cade had three singles each for MGCCC. Archer homered with Bailey Massey, Sydney-Brooke Sims and Shores adding singles.

Avery Sanders started, pitched to five batters, did not record an out and got the loss. She gave up five runs, two hits and walked three. Kristen Cade pitched six innings, giving up two runs (one earned), three hits and two walks. She had eight strikeouts.

MGCCC ends the season at 31-14.

Jones College 8, East Central 3

The Lady Bobcats used a four-run third inning to take the lead for good.

Jones took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Raven Blackwell reached on an infield hit, Sikes walked, Denton reached on a fielder's choice and Collins delivered an RBI single to left.

ECCC went up 2-1 in the second. Anna McNeer led off with a walk, Makenzie Barnett singled and Kailee Swindle hit a two-run single.

In the Jones third, Raven Blackwell had a one-out double and Sikes walked. Denton followed with an RBI single to tie the game. With two outs, DiLavore doubled into the leftfield corner to score a pair of runs. Raylen Blackwell followed with an RBI single to make it 5-2.

Jones made it 6-2 in the fifth when Denton was hit by a pitch and Collins walked. After a DiLavore groundout advanced the runners, Raylen Blackwell squeezed pinchrunner Jesse Smith (Seminary) home.

The Lady Bobcats took an 8-2 lead in the sixth when Singleterry led off with a single and Trammell lined a two-run home run to left. She ends the year with 21 home runs, which is currently second in the nation.

ECCC got a run in the bottom of the seventh when Swindle singled, Kaylee Webb walked and Olivia Houston hit an RBI single. 

Raven Blackwell and DiLavore each doubled and singled with Denton getting two singles. Trammell homered and Collins, Raylen Blackwell and Singleterry added singles.

Donald started, pitched 5.0 innings and got the win. She allowed two runs, five hits, walked two and struck out three. Marley Peagler (Brandon) pitched 1.2 innings, giving up one run, two hits and two walks. Stringer got the final out.

Swindle had three singles for the Warriors. Houston, McNeer, Annika Jones and Barnett added singles.

Starter Braelyn Boykin pitched 5.1 innings and took the loss. She gave up seven runs, seven hits, walked three and struck out one. Brooklyn King pitched 1.2 innings. She allowed one run, three hits, walked one and struck out one.

East Central ends the year at 28-14.



2019 MACJC Softball Tournament

Wednesday's results 


Community Bank Park/Gwen Magee Field

Game 1, Mississippi Gulf Coast 6, Copiah-Lincoln 4

Game 2, Itawamba 9, Southwest 1 (5 innings)

Game 3, Pearl River 8, Jones College 2

Game 4, Northeast 10, East Central 8

Monday's results

Magee Sportsplex

Game 5, Co-Lin 8, Southwest 5

Game 6, Jones College 8, East Central 3

Game 7, Itawamba 4, Mississippi Gulf Coast 0

Game 8, Pearl River 8, Northeast 7

Game 9, Co-Lin 5, Northeast 3

Game 10, Jones College 7, Mississippi Gulf Coast 4

Game 11, Itawamba 8, Pearl River 0 (5 innings) – Championship 

Game 12, Co-Lin 7, Jones College 4 – Third-place game determines No. 4 seed in Region 23 Tournament



MACJC Softball Tournament

Magee Sportsplex

Monday's games

Jones College 8, East Central 3

Jones College (42-7)               104 012 0 – 8 10 0

East Central (28-14)               020 000 1 – 3 7 1

Hallie Donald, Marley Peagler (6), Lauren Stringer (7) and Faith Denton. Braelyn Boykin, Brooklyn King (6), Braelyn Boykin and Anna McNeer. WP-Donald (24-1). LP-Boykin. JC hitters: Raven Blackwell 2B, 1B; Rebekah DiLavore 2B, 1B; Faith Denton 2 1B; LP Trammell HR; Kayla Collins 1B; Raylen Blackwell 1B; Mollie Singleterry 1B. ECCC hitters: Kailee Swindle 3 1B; Olivia Houston 1B; Anna McNeer 1B; Annika Jones 1B; Makenzie Barnett 1B. LOB:JC-8; ECCC-7. T:2:02.


Jones College 7, Mississippi Gulf Coast 4

Mississippi Gulf Coast (31-14)           013 000 0 – 4 10 1

Jones College (43-7)                           601 000 0 – 7 5 3

Avery Sanders, Kristen Cade (1) and Kayla Cade. Hallie Donald and Faith Denton. WP-Donald (25-1).LP-Sanders. MGCCC hitters: Marsha' Hunt 3 1B; Kayla Cade 3 1B; Shelby Archer HR; Bailey Massey 1B; Sidney-Brooke Sims 1B; Briana Shores 1B. JC hitters: Faith Denton 2 1B; Kayla Collins HR; Gracie McCleskey HR; Raven Blackwell 2B. LOB:MGCCC-9; JC-3. T:1:57.


Copiah-Lincoln 7, Jones College 4

Jones College (43-8)               001 001 2 – 4 11 4

Copiah-Lincoln (30-15)           601 000 x – 7 8 0

Hallie Donald, Lauren Stringer (1) and Faith Denton. Kaytlon Ward, Mackenzie Gros (7) and Julie Schuerman. WP-Ward. LP-Donald (25-2).JC hitters:LP Trammell 2B, 2 1B; Kayla Collins 3 1B; Rebekah DiLavore 2B, 1B; McKennah Sikes HR; Raven Blackwell 2B; Mollie Singleterry 2B. CL hitters:Delaine McMillan HR, 2B; Katelyn Hayman 1B; Callie Fortenberry 1B; Marley Poole 1B; Ky'Albri Washington 1B.LOB: JC-10; CL-3. T:2:03.


 Shawn Wansley, Jones College Sports Information