NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – Sophomores Gabe Lacy (Gulfport) and Blake Johnson (Gulfport) combined for 10 of the Bobcats' 24 hits and Coleton Ausbern (Nettleton) picked up his first win of the year in a split with Delgado Tuesday evening at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Jones moved to 4-9 on the season while Delgado improved to 9-4.
The Bobcats scored 14 runs on 24 hits by nine different players. Garrett Langrell (Bay) also earned his third save of the year in the opener.
Jones 7, Delgado 5
A three-run second inning, three hits apiece from Johnson and Kirkland Trahan (Madison Central) and a big insurance run in the seventh helped JC hold on for a 7-5 win in the opener.
Johnson doubled to score Bailee Hendon (Vancleave) to start the scoring in the second and was followed by RBI-singles from O'Neill Burgos (Brookhaven Academy) and Hunter Richardson (Enterprise-Lincoln).
Leading 4-0 in the third, Delgado cut the lead in half on Matt Barthelemy's triple and Brayden Caskey's infield groundout.
Johnson's second double of the game in the fifth, a two-out, two-run shot to left plated Lacy and Murray Hutchinson (Madison Central) to give JC a 6-3 lead.
The Dolphins battled back to 6-5 after six, scoring both of their runs with two outs.
Trahan led off the seventh with a triple and scored two batters later on Hendon's sac fly for a huge insurance run.
Langrell came on with two on and one out in the bottom of the seventh and got a pair of strikeouts to close out the win.
Delgado 8, Jones 7
Cole Mozingo (Northeast Jones) threw three shutout innings to start the game before running into trouble in a five-run fourth and Delgado rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to walk-off the Bobcats, 8-7.
With JC leading 2-0 in the fourth, four hits, two walks and a big bases-clearing double by Connor Feustle put the Dolphins on top 5-2 after four.
The Bobcats found a two-out rally in the sixth to push back in front, 6-5, thanks to Johnson's two-run single and Burgos' RBI-single. They added to the lead on Hutchinson's RBI-double to make it 7-5 in the seventh.
But the Dolphins would use late-game magic in the bottom half of the inning, capitalizing on three Bobcat walks, a wild pitch and two passed balls to rally for three runs and the 8-7 win. Barthelemy's sac fly scored the winning run.
JC will return to action on Saturday in Decatur. The Bobcats will play Southeastern (Iowa) at 4 p.m. and host East Central at 7 p.m.
By: Shawn Wansley
Jones Sports Information Director