JCJC softball, baseball ranked No. 1


ELLISVILLE – A bit of history was made Tuesday afternoon.

Both the Jones County Junior College baseball and softball teams are ranked No. 1 in the nation in the first 2018 NJCAA Division II regular season polls that were released.

The Lady Bobcats, 17-1 overall and 4-0 in the MACJC, were rated No. 2 in the preseason poll in January.

But Jones whipped preseason No. 1 LSU-Eunice 13-3 in five innings and 14-6 in six innings on Feb. 9 to make an early season statement.

Head coach Chris Robinson’s Lady Bobcats are riding a 9-game winning streak heading into a 2 p.m. Wednesday doubleheader vs. No. 7 Mississippi Gulf Coast at Biloxi High School.

Also of note is the fact that Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa) is ranked No. 2 this week. DMACC plays at JCJC at 6 p.m. Sunday at Community Bank Park/Gwen Magee Field.

Rounding out the top five are Highland (Kansas) at No. 3, LSU-Eunice at No. 4 and Kirkwood (Iowa) at No. 5.

Other MACJC schools in the softball poll are East Central at No. 8, Itawamba at No. 11 and Northeast at No. 17.

The Lady Bobcats’ only loss was a 2-1 game vs. Division I Southern Union (Alabama) in the Sun Chief Classic in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The baseball Bobcats were rated No. 1 in the preseason poll and have done everything to show they deserve that ranking.

Jones has posted an 11-1 record, including a doubleheader sweep of Division I Dyersburg State (Tennessee), who was ranked No. 5 in the DI preseason poll.

The Bobcats will host Baton Rouge Community College (Louisiana) in a 3 p.m. Wednesday doubleheader. On Saturday, JCJC travels to Eunice, Louisiana, where they will play Murray State (Oklahoma), a team that received votes in this week’s poll, at noon, followed by a game vs. No. 2 LSU-Eunice.

JCJC’s only loss was a 5-4 road decision to Division I Shelton St. (Alabama) in Tuscaloosa.

Other MACJC teams in this week’s baseball poll are Itawamba at No. 7, Hinds at No. 8, Mississippi Gulf Coast at No. 9, East Central at No. 10 and Pearl River at No. 12. Northwest received votes.