It was a tough way for the 19th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats to end the season.
JCJC committed seven errors, which led to seven unearned runs, as the Bobcats dropped an 11-9 decision to Northwest Mississippi here at a rain-soaked Ranger Field Sunday afternoon.
The win gives the Rangers a 2-0 sweep in the opening round, best-of-three MACJC playoff series. They won 5-3 on Saturday.
JCJC ends the season at 28-18.
Northwest, 29-14, will advance to the MACJC State Tournament Thursday through Saturday at Pearl River Community College.
Pearl River and Northwest have qualified for the tournament. Mississippi Gulf Coast has a 1-0 lead over Northeast and East Central has a 1-0 lead over Mississippi Delta in the other playoff series. Those series will be decided today.
Rangers 11, Bobcats 9
JCJC got off to a fine start, scoring three runs in the first inning.
Trent Giambrone and Codey Minter led off with singles and Tyler Graves singled Giambrone home. Josh Pankratz then doubled Minter home. Jordan Stark's groundout would score courtesy runner Steven Billingsley.
The Bobcats went up 4-0 in the second inning when Stephen Stiglets reached on a two-base error, went to third on a Giambrone groundout and scored on an error.
JCJC increased the lead to 5-0 in the third.
Graves had a one-out single and was replaced by Billingsley. Pankratz then singled and Stark's single to center scoring Billingsley.
The Rangers got on the board in the fourth when Jay King led off with a home run to make it 5-1.
Northwest made it 5-3 in the fifth when King had a two-run single. They tied it in the sixth when Chase Clark singled and later scored on an error. James Lear, who had walked, would later score on another error.
The Bobcats would take a 7-5 lead in the seventh.
Giambrone led off with a single and Minter reached on a bunt single. Sullivan sacrificed the runners and Graves was intentionally walked to load the bases. Pankratz then walked to force in a run and Stark's sacrifice fly to right would score another run.
Northwest would answer with three runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. The Rangers would score the three runs on just one hit, mixed with two errors.
Lear reached on an error, Tanner Densford walked and J.D. Tackett singled to load the bases. Dylan Castoria then walked to force in a run. Jay King then reached on a fielder's choice and an error, which allowed two runs to score.
JCJC tied it at 8-8 in the eighth.
Collin Dexter was hit by a pitch and was sacrificed to second by Stiglets. Giambrone then singled Dexter home.
But the Rangers would score three runs in the bottom of the eighth, again taking advantage of two more errors.
Walt McCullough led off with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Phillip Correro. Correro stole second and took third on an error. Clark then doubled to right to score Correro. Lear followed with an RBI single and advanced to second on the throw. He stole third and would score on an error to make it 11-8.
The Bobcats scored a run in the ninth.
Sullivan led off with a single and Graves was hit by a pitch. After a strikeout, both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Stark's groundout scored Sullivan and Shermer followed with a single to put runners on first and third. But Dexter flied out to right to end the game.
Giambrone and Graves each had three singles for JCJC, while Pankratz doubled and singled and Minter singled twice. Stark had a single and four RBIs, while Sullivan and Shermer added singles.
Ryan Milton started, went five-plus innings, allowed five runs (two earned), seven hits, walked five and struck out three. Cole Barlow, 2-3, pitched 1 1/3 innings and took the loss. He gave up six runs (two earned), four hits, walked three and struck out three. Dawson Kennard pitched the final 2/3 of an inning and recorded a strikeout.
Jay King homered, singled and had four RBIs for the Rangers. Clark doubled and singled, while Lear and Densford had two singles each. Jordan Barnes, McCullough and Tackett added singles.
Tanner Cable, 4-2, was credited with the win. He pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, allowed one earned run, two hits and notched three strikeouts. Matt Ferguson started, went six-plus innings, gave up six runs (five earned), nine hits, walked none and struck out three. Cody Waddell pitched 1 1/3 innings, gave up two runs (both earned), two hits and walked two.
Northwest 11, Jones County 9
Jones County (28-18) 311 000 211 – 9 13 7
Northwest (29-14) 000 122 33x – 11 11 2
Ryan Milton, Cole Barlow (6), Dawson Kennard (8) and Tyler Graves. Matt Ferguson, Cody Waddell (7), Tanner Cable (8) and J.D. Tackett. WP-Cable (4-2). LP-Barlow (2-3). JCJC hitters: Trent Giambrone 3 1B; Tyler Graves 3 1B; Josh Pankratz 2B, 1B; Codey Minter 2 1B; Jordan Stark 1B; Benji Sullivan 1B; Alex Shermer 1B. Northwest hitters: Jay King HR, 1B; Chase Clark 2B, 1B; James Lear 2 1B; Tanner Densford 2 1B; Jordan Barnes 1B; Walt McCullough 1B; J.D. Tackett 1B. LOB–JCJC 8; Northwest 10. T-2:45.
Northwest Mississippi never trailed in defeating the 19th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats 5-3 here Saturday evening at Ranger Field.
The win gives Northwest a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three opening round MACJC playoffs series. Game 2 will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday with a third game, if necessary, to follow at 5:30 p.m. The games will be webcast on www.jcjc.tv and www.ihigh.com/nwccrangers. Live stats will be available at
JCJC is now 28-17, while the Rangers are 28-14.
The winner of the series advances to the MACJC State Tournament May 9-11 at the highest seeded remaining South Division team.
In Saturday's other playoff games, No. 9 Pearl River edged Itawamba 2-1 in 10 innings and Mississippi Gulf Coast beat Northeast, 7-1. The Mississippi Delta at East Central series opens today.
Rangers 5, Bobcats 3
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning and led 3-0 after five innings.
JCJC got on the board in the seventh.
Stephen Stiglets led off with a walk and stole second base. He went to third on Trent Giambrone's groundout and would score on a wild pitch. Codey Minter would then walk. Tyler Graves followed with a single and a single by Josh Pankratz would score Minter to make it 3-2.
But the Rangers answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
JCJC would get its final run when Trent Giambrone led off the ninth with a home run.
For the Bobcats, Alex Shermer doubled and singled, while Graves singled twice. Giambrone homered and Benji Sullivan, Pankratz, Collin Dexter and Stiglets added singles.
Cody Brewer, 5-3, started and took the loss. Brewer went five innings, allowed eight hits, three earned runs, walked three and struck out four. Jeremy Kidd pitched the final three innings, gave up two runs, two hits, walked two and struck out one.
Will McCullough, Kramer Hollenbach and Tanner Densford each singled twice for Northwest, while Jay King and Chase Clark each homered. Dylan Castoria had a double and Jordan Barnes singled.
Cody Reed, 7-2, posted the victory. He went seven innings, gave up six hits, two earned runs, walked four and struck out six. Tanner Cable recorded his first save of the year. He went the final two innings, allowed one run, three hits, walked none and struck out one.