Jayhawks Split Twin Bill Slugfest
There wasn’t much pitching during Jamestown Community College’s doubleheader split with visiting Erie Community College on Monday.
In fact, in just 12 innings a combined 43 runs were scored as Jamestown captured the first contest, 17-9, and Erie CC the second in five innings because of the 10-run rule, 16-1.
JCC is now 6-18 overall and an even 6-6 in NJCAA Region 3 Division III action.
JCC’s starting pitcher, Thomas Hurst, picked up the victory in game one despite allowing seven runs, four of which were scored on a grand slam, over the first two innings.
Hurst would be pulled at the end of the third after allowing a grand total of nine runs (eight earned) on five walks and nine hits.
Despite finding themselves in the early, 7-0 hole, however, the Jayhawks came roaring back behind an 11-run third inning.
Richard Allen kicked off the big frame with a drag-bunt single. He then swiped second and eventually came around to score as the next three Jayhawk hitters drew walks. Kody Kondrilk then smacked a two-RBI double before two more JCC batters drew walks.
After another walk (JCC drew six during the frame and eight in all), Christian VanNote connected on a two-run double, followed by a pair of RBI singles by Elio Gonzalez and Kondrilk.
Erie would cut the deficit to two, 11-9, in the top of fourth, but the Jayhawks answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth and then five more in the fifth.
Kondrilk led JCC with three hits, including a double, and three RBIs while Jose Hernandez, Imaziah McIntosh and Richard Allen each had two hits.
VanNote and Gonzalez delivered two RBIs apiece in the victory.
Erie clinched the nightcap early when it plated eight runs in the second inning against Jamestown starter Ryan Songer.
The Kats would put four more runs on the board in the fourth and then another four in the fifth.
The Jayhawks, meanwhile, could manage just one hit (by Jose Hernandez in the top of the first) against Erie starter Brian Berry, who hurled a complete game with 10 strikeouts.
JCC will be looking to get back in the win column today when it travels to Niagara County CC for yet another doubleheader at 2 p.m.