ELLISVILLE – O'Neill Burgos' (Brookhaven Academy) two-run single capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning and lifted Jones College to an 8-7 victory over Illinois Central College here Friday evening at Community Bank Park in game two of a doubleheader.
The Cougars took the opener, 6-5.
Jones (3-8) travels to New Orleans to face Delgado (Louisiana) in a 4 p.m. Tuesday doubleheader.
Illinois Central (1-6) visits Mississippi Gulf Coast on Saturday and Pearl River on Sunday.
Bobcats 8, Cougars 7
Jones was on the ropes of being swept until the bottom of the seventh.
Murray Hutchinson (Madison Central) reached on an error to start the inning and Kirkland Trahan (Madison Central) followed with his third single of the game. Gabe Lacy (Gulfport) was then hit by a pitch to load the bases.
A wild pitch scored Hutchinson and Bailee Hendon (Vancleave) drew a walk to load the bases again. Blake Johnson (Gulfport) was then hit by a pitch to force in Trahan and make it 7-6.
Burgos then singled to center driving in Lacy and Hendon to win the game.
ICC led 1-0 after one, 3-1 after three and 5-1 after four. Basiel Williams Jr. (Ponchatoula, Louisiana) hit a solo home run and the Bobcats added another run in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-3. Jones got a run in the sixth and ICC scored two in the top of the seventh.
Garrett Langrell (Bay) pitched the final inning and got the win. He allowed one run, two hits, walked one and struck out one as he moved his record to 1-0. Starter Cole Mozingo (Northeast Jones) pitched 2.1 innings, giving up three runs, three hits and three walks. Zach Flaskamp (Southeast Lauderdale) followed Mozingo and went 4.0 innings. He allowed three runs, three hits, one walk and struck out four.
Trahan's three singles boosted his batting average to a team-leading .486. Williams homered, Hutchinson and Hunter Richardson (Enterprise-Lincoln) had doubles and Lacy, Johnson and Burgos added singles.
Starter John Day went 5.0 innings for ICC, giving up three runs, six hits, four walks and notched four strikeouts. Reliever Owen Martin (0-2) took the loss. He faced four batters in the seventh and recorded no outs, allowing four runs (three earned), one hit, one walk and one hit batsman.
Kendal Hofer doubled and singled for ICC and Dalton Crumley singled twice.
Cougars 6, Bobcats 5
Jones was down 6-2 entering the bottom of the eighth, but could not complete the comeback.
In the eighth, Richardson was hit by a pitch to start the inning and was replaced by pinch-runner Cole Pugh (George County). Pugh took second on a balk. Hutchinson drew a walk and Pugh went to third on a wild pitch.
Trahan followed with an RBI single to right. Hendon's fielder's choice grounder drove in a run to make it 6-4 before a fly out ended the inning.
Lacy led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run over the leftfield wall to make it 6-5. Johnson was then hit by a pitch. But a fly out and a game-ending double play left the Bobcats one run short.
The Bobcats led 1-0 after one and 2-0 after two. But ICC scored three in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. The Cougars added two more in the top of the eighth.
Lacy homered and singled twice for Jones with Trahan getting two singles. Williams, Burgos and Johnson added singles.
Starter Wyatt Blalock (Madison Central) took the loss. He went 4.0 innings, allowing three runs, three hits, two walks and got a strikeout as his record fell to 1-2. Andrew Nix (Stringer) worked 4.0 innings, allowing three runs (two earned), seven hits and no walks. He had three strikeouts. Cade Killingsworth (North Pike) pitched the ninth inning, recording a strikeout and allowing a hit.
Vinnie Massaglia was the hitting star for the Cougars. He blasted a pair of two-run home runs and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Crumley, Brady Brecklin and Santiago Vidal each had two singles.
Starter Logan Peterson (1-0) went 6.0 innings and got the win. He allowed two runs, five hits, walked none and struck out seven. Jared Holt pitched the ninth inning and got a save. He allowed one run and one hit.
By: Shawn Wansley
Jones College Sports Information