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The following is an official press release courtesy of Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director.

Lady Bobcats finish second in national tournament

CLINTON, Miss. — The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats had to win three games on Saturday in order to claim a national championship.

They ended up winning two.

JCJC defeated Kankakee Community College (Illinois) 9-6 and LSU-Eunice 9-0 in its first two games here Saturday at Traceway Park in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

But LSU-Eunice hit four home runs – including two by Rebecca Skains – and defeated the Lady Bobcats 12-4 in the championship game.

JCJC’s Kelly Byrd was named the Marucci Elite Hitter of the tournament, while Brittany Baty, Brittany Hagwood, Amanda Holliday and Kalyn Watts were named to the All-Tournament Team.

JCJC ends the year with a 50-8 record, while LSU-Eunice is 58-8.Bengals 12, Lady Bobcats 4

JCJC got off to a good start.

Kalyn Watts led off the bottom of the first with a double to left and Cori McCrary reached on an error, which allowed Watts to score.

But the Bengals took the lead for good in the top of the second.

Jeannemarie Angelle led off with a double and scored on Jordan Hartman’s single. Hartman advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Jaci Lavigne’s single.

Skains led off the third with a home run to rightfield to give LSU-Eunice a 3-1 lead. Bobbi Smith drew a walk, Angelle singled and Molly Wilson followed with a three-run home run to give the Bengals a 6-1 lead.

But the Lady Bobcats came right back in the bottom of the third.

Jay Harris and Watts singled. After a sacrifice, Byrd drilled a home run over the rightfield fence to trim the lead to 6-4.

LSU-Eunice added a run in the fourth when Lavigne singled. Madison Edmonston then sacrificed, but a throwing error on the play allowed Lavigne to score.

The Bengals took control with a five-run sixth inning.

Lavigne and Edmonston singled to start the inning and both runners advanced on an error. Skains then hit her second home run of the game, this one a three-run shot over the rightfield fence to make it 10-4.

With two outs in the inning, Alli Daigle singled and Angelle followed with a two-run home run to right.

The Lady Bobcats went in order in the sixth. In the seventh with two outs, Harris singled. Watts then lined out to third base to end the game.

Holliday, 15-5, went two innings-plus as the starter and took the loss. She allowed four earned runs, five hits and walked one. Haylee Morse pitched the final five innings, allowed eight earned runs, eight hits, walked none and struck out four.

Byrd homered, Watts had a double and a single and Harris singled twice. Autumn Frost added a single.

Skains homered twice and drove in four runs, while Angelle homered, doubled and singled and Lavigne had three singles. Edmonston had two singles, while Wilson homered and Daigle and Hartman added singles.

Abigail Leonards went 4 1/3 innings and posted the win. She allowed four runs (three earned) and four hits. Jordan Dougherty went the final 2 2/3 innings, allowed no runs, two hits and struck out three.Lady Bobcats 9, Bengals 0

Amanda Holliday pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the Lady Bobcats past the Bengals.

Holliday, 15-4, gave up only four hits, walked one and struck out four.

Kalyn Watts led off the game with a home run over the leftfield fence that went off the scoreboard.

JCJC took a 3-0 lead in the second inning.

Natalie Hogue singled and Autumn Frost reached on an error. Ashley Valentine sacrificed the runners and Jay Harris followed with a two-run double.

The Lady Bobcats made it 5-0 in the third.

Cori McCrary and Kelly Byrd singled to start the inning and Brittany Baty was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Hogue’s sacrifice fly scored McCrary and Frost’s sacrifice fly brought in Byrd.

JCJC ended the game’s scoring in the fourth.

Brittany Hagwood led off with a single and Harris and Watts both reached on bunt singles to load the bases. McCrary’s sacrifice fly scored Hagwood.

With two outs, Brittany Baty smashed her 20th home run of the season over the centerfield fence – a three-run shot to make it 9-0.

Watts homered, doubled and singled, while Harris doubled and singled. Baty homered with McCrary, Kelly Byrd, Hogue and Hagwood adding singles.

Abigail Leonards started and took the loss for LSU-Eunice. She went 2 1/3 innings, allowed five runs (three earned) and five hits. Savannah Cates went the final 3 2/3 innings, allowed four earned runs, five hits, walked none and struck out one.

Rebecca Skains, Alli Daigle, Jeannemarie Angelle and Jaci Lavigne singled for the Bengals.Lady Bobcats 9, Cavaliers 6

JCJC was three outs from elimination entering the top of the seventh, trailing 3-1.

But the Lady Bobcats sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight runs to take a 9-3 lead. They held on in the bottom of the seventh to advance to the championship round.

Autumn Frost started the seventh by walking on four pitches and Ashley Valentine singled. Brittany Hagwood then reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.

Jay Harris walked to drive in Frost. Kalyn Watts followed with a two-run single to put JCJC up 4-3. After Cori McCrary sacrificed, Harris scored on a wild pitch. Kelly Byrd’s fielder’s choice bunt scored Watts and made it 6-3.

After Brittany Baty walked, Hogue reached on an error to load the bases. Frost’s groundout scored pinch-runner Jessie Bumpous. Valentine then reached on an error which scored two more runs.

In the bottom of the seventh, Brittany Hay and Kyleigh Payne singled. Lindsey Snyder followed with an RBI single. With two outs, Ashley Aderman hit a two-run single. But Amanda Holliday got a groundout to end the game.

The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth.

Harris reached on a bunt single and stole second. She scored on Byrd’s double to right.

The Cavaliers plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Hay led off with a walk and Payne followed with a two-run home run to left. Snyder drew a walk and was sacrificed to second by Beth Mersinger. Aderman’s fielder’s choice scored pinch-runner Kiley Zajdzinski to make it 3-1.

Holliday, 14-4, pitched the final two innings and got the win. She allowed three earned runs, four hits, walked one and struck out one. Starter Haylee Morse went five innings, allowed three earned runs, six hits, walked three and struck out two.

Byrd doubled and singled, while Watts, Baty, Valentine, Hagwood and Harris added singles.

Payne homered and singled for the Cavaliers, while Aderman doubled and singled. Kalyn Learnard singled twice, while Bailee Porter, Hay, Snyder and Zemaitis added singles.

Baylie Ullmark went 6 1/3 innings and took the loss. She allowed six earned runs, seven hits, walked three and struck out four. Kaylee Carlen pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowed three runs (none earned), no hits and walked one.

NJCAA Division II National Tournament

ClintonTraceway ParkSaturday’s gameChampionshipLSU-Eunice 12, Jones County 4LSU-Eunice (58-8)               024 105 0 – 12 13 1Jones County (50-8)            103 000 0 – 4 6 2

Abigail Leonards, Jordan Dougherty (5) and Jessica Thomas. Amanda Holliday, Haylee Morse (3) and Natalie Hogue. WP-Leonards. LP-Holliday (15-5). LSUE hitters: Rebecca Skains 2 HR; Jeannemarie Angelle HR 2 1B; Jaci Lavigne 3 1B; Madison Edmonston 2 1B; Molly Wilson HR; Alli Daigle 1B; Jordan Hartman 1B. JCJC hitters: Kalyn Watts 2B, 1B; Jay Harris 2 1B; Kelly Byrd HR; Autumn Frost 1B. LOB: LSUE-3; JCJC-3. T-2:14.Jones County 9, LSU-Eunice 0LSU-Eunice (57-8)               000 000 0 – 0 4 1Jones County (50-7)            122 400 x – 9 10 2

Abigail Leonards, Savannah Cates (3) and Jessica Thomas. Amanda Holliday and Natalie Hogue. WP-Holliday (15-4). LP-Leonards. LSUE hitters: Rebecca Skains 1B; Alli Daigle 1B; Jeannemarie Angelle 1B; Jaci Lavigne 1B. JCJC hitters: Kalyn Watts HR, 2, 1B; Jay Harris 2B, 1B; Brittany Baty HR; Cori McCrary 1B; Kelly Byrd 1B; Brittany Hagwood 1B; Natalie Hogue 1B. LOB: LSUE-7; JCJC-3. T-1:25.Jones County 9, Kankakee (Illinois) 6Jones County (49-7)            000 001 8 – 9 7 0Kankakee (54-10)               000 003 3 – 6 10 3

Haylee Morse, Amanda Holliday (6) and Natalie Hogue. Baylie Ullmark, Kaylee Carlen (7). WP-Holliday (14-4). LP-Ullmark. JCJC hitters: Kelly Byrd 2B, 1B; Kalyn Watts 1B; Brittany Baty 1B; Ashley Valentine 1B; Brittany Hagwood 1B; Jay Harris 1B. KCC hitters: Kyleigh Payne HR, 1B; Ashley Aderman 2B, 1B; Kalyn Learnard 2 1B; Bailee Porter 1B; Brittany Hay 1B; Lindsey Snyder 1B; Jessica Zemaitis 1B. LOB: JCJC-5; KCC-8. T-2:02.

NJCAA Division II National Tournament

ClintonTraceway ParkWednesday’s results

Game 1, Phoenix (AZ) 10, Potomac St. (WV) 2

Game 2, Labette (KS) 2, Illinois Central 1

Game 3, Des Moines Area (IA) 9, Florence-Darlington Tech (SC) 0

Game 4, LSU-Eunice 16, Mott (MI) 0

Game 5, Jones County 15, Heartland (IL) 0

Game 6, Kankakee (IL) 8, Mercyhurst North East (PA) 5

Game 7, Highland (KS) 4, Lansing (MI) 0

Game 8, Kirkwood (IA) 8, Illinois Valley 7Thursday’s results

Game 9, Illinois Central 4, Potomac State 0

Game 10, Mott 10, Florence-Darlington Tech 2

Game 11, Mercyhurst North East 9, Heartland 6

Game 12, Lansing 11, Illinois Valley 3

Game 13, Labette 6, Phoenix 3

Game 14, LSU-Eunice 10, Des Moines Area 1

Game 15, Jones County 12, Kankakee 4

Game 16, Kirkwood 6, Highland 0

Game 17, Phoenix 4, Lansing 3

Game 18, Des Moines Area 9, Mercyhurst North East 0

Game 19, Kankakee 10, Mott 1

Game 20, Illinois Central 11, Highland 6Friday’s results

Game 21, LSU-Eunice 3, Labette 2 (9 innings)

Game 22, Jones County 7, Kirkwood 6

Game 23, Kankakee 6, Illinois Central 3

Game 24, Phoenix 9, Des Moines Area 1

Game 25, Kankakee 8, Labette 4

Game 26, Phoenix 5, Kirkwood 2

Game 27, LSU-Eunice 4, JCJC 2

Game 28, Kankakee 9, Phoenix 6Saturday’s results

Game 29, JCJC 9, Kankakee 6

Game 30, JCJC 9, LSU-Eunice 0

Game 31, Championship, LSU-Eunice 12, JCJC 4

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