ELLISVILLE – No. 3 Jones College split a doubleheader with No. 19 Lansing (Michigan) here Saturday afternoon at Community Bank Park/Sim Cooley Field.
The Stars won the opener 9-5 as Megan Mann slugged three home runs for the visitors. In game two, Sterling James (DeSoto Central) came within one out of a shutout to pitch the Bobcats to a 13-2, five inning victory.
Jones (13-3) is slated to host Coastal Alabama-South in a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday and visits Baton Rouge Community College (Louisiana) for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Thursday.
Lansing (1-1) goes to East Central on Sunday, Southwest on Monday and Mississippi Gulf Coast on Tuesday.
No. 3 Jones 13, No. 19 Lansing 2
James allowed just three hits and struck out six as she improved to 3-0.
The Bobcats scored four runs in the first inning on just one hit. Kristian Edwards (Laurel) led off with a bunt single, stole second and would later score on a wild pitch. With one out, Kayla Collins (East Central) walked, Lauren Pope (Pearl) was hit by a pitch and LP Trammell (Germantown) walked. Maycee Knight's (Enterprise-Clarke) groundout scored Collins. Meagan Wynne (Richland) reached on an error, allowing two more runs to score.
Tyesha Cole (Philadelphia) hit a two-out solo home run to center in the second to make it 5-0. In the third, Trammell walked and Knight followed with a two-run home run to left to give the Bobcats a 7-0 lead.
Jones put it away with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Edwards was hit by a pitch and Cole and Collins followed with walks to load the bases. Pope then smashed a grand slam to center to give Jones an 11-0 lead. Trammell then doubled and scored on Wynne's single. Hailey Weems (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) followed with an RBI double into the leftfield corner
In the top of the fifth, Aubrey Larner got a two-out single and Hannah Hull followed with a two-run home run to center.
Edwards and Wynne each had two singles with Pope, Cole and Knight smashing home runs. Trammell and Weems added doubles.
Hull homered for the Stars with Larner and Kennedy Steele adding singles.
Starter Adrianna Norvara – the first of four Lansing pitchers – lasted one inning and took the loss.
No. 19 Lansing 9, No. 3 Jones 5
The Stars put up four runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back.
Hull led off with a single and Steele drew a walk. With one out, Mann homered over the rightfield wall to give Lansing a 3-0 lead. Mattie Leece followed with a single and Abby Grys reached on a fielder's choice when the ball was thrown away. Leece went to third and scored on an infield hit by Katie Hoth.
Lansing made it 6-0 in the fourth when Kylee Taylor doubled with two outs and Mann homered to right-center.
The Bobcats got on the board in the fifth when Raylen Blackwell (St. Patrick) doubled into the leftfield corner and Wynne drilled a two-run home run to left-center to make it 6-2.
In the top of the sixth, Chelsea Gibson led off with an infield hit and Hull singled. Taylor's sacrifice fly to center made it 7-2 and Mann followed with her third home run of the game.
Jones made it 9-4 in the bottom of the sixth when Trammell walked and Knight homered to left-center.
The Bobcats got a run in the bottom of the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Wynne and Cole.
Wynne homered, doubled and singled and drove in seven runs. Knight had a home run and a double. Cole, Collins and Blackwell added doubles with Edwards and Trammell getting singles.
McKenna Polk (Central Holmes Academy) went the distance and took the loss, dropping her record to 4-3. She allowed nine runs (eight earned), 14 hits, walked one and struck out four.
Mann had three home runs and seven RBIs. Hull had three singles and Grys singled twice. Taylor had a double with Steele, Leece, Hoth, Maggie Bentley and Gibson adding singles.
Mercedes Cole pitched all seven innings and got the win. She allowed five earned runs, 10 hits, walked one and struck out four.
BY: Shawn Wansley
Jones Sports Information