No. 1 Lady Bobcats triumph in first round of national tournament

CLINTON – Autumn Frost (East Webster) hit two home runs and Emily Robinson (Lafayette) added another as top-ranked Jones County Junior College whipped Pitt Community College (North Carolina) 10-2 in five innings in the first round of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

The Lady Bobcats, 50-2 and the No. 1 seed, will now play No. 8 Johnson County Community College (Kansas) in a winner’s bracket game at 3:30 p.m. Thursday here at Traceway Park. Johnson County downed No. 9 seed Illinois Central 9-1 on Wednesday. That game will be streamed live on the Jones Softball Facebook page.

Jones jumped out to a quick lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Kelsha Loftin (Mendenhall) reached on a bunt single and Kelly Byrd (Copiah Academy) followed with an RBI double. Frost then homered to center to make it 3-0.

The Bulldogs got on the board in the second inning when Peyton Taylor singled and Brianna Williams was hit by a pitch. After Summer Prevate sacrificed, Taylor Niemotka singled to score Taylor.

JCJC then put the game away with a seven-run third inning.

Sarah Brock (North Pike) led off with a double and scored on a one-out double by Byrd. Frost then hit her 21st home run of the year to center to give Jones a 6-1 lead.

After Brittany Baty (Northeast Lauderdale) drew a walk, Robinson launched a home run to center, giving JCJC an 8-1 lead.

Natalie Hogue (Harrison Central) walked and Taylor Murray (Parklane Academy) reached on an error. Hogue would score on a wild pitch and Brock followed with an RBI single.

The game’s final run came in the fifth inning when Niemotka hit a one-out home run.

Haylee Morse (Madison Central) went the distance and got the win. She allowed two runs, three hits, struck out seven and walked none. She is now 10-1 on the year.

Frost homered twice and drove in four runs, while Robinson homered, singled and had two RBIs. Byrd had two doubles and had two RBIs and Brock had two singles. Loftin added a single.

Taylor went 2 1/3 innings and took the loss for Pitt. She allowed eight runs, seven hits and walked one. English Dean tossed 1 2/3 innings, allowed two runs (none earned), two hits and walked one.

Niemotka homered and singled and Taylor singled for the Bulldogs.