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Softball - Johnson County knocks off top-ranked Jones County

05/19/17

Softball - Johnson County knocks off top-ranked Jones County

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – For just the second time in program history, Johnson County Community College has defeated the No. 1 team in the country. The Lady Cavaliers took down top-seeded Jones County Junior College 10-7 in the second round at the NJCAA Division II Softball Championship in Clinton, Miss.

Lady Cavaliers head coach Aubree Brattin has been a part of both victories. JCCC’s first victory over a No. 1 ranked team was a 3-0 triumph over Phoenix College at the 2007 NJCAA Championship. Brattin was an All-American catcher on the 2007 team that ended up runner-up in the tournament.

Trailing 3-2 in the top of the third inning, Johnson County took the lead with four runs, and never trailed again.

Johnson County ripped 13 hits including three home runs off the bats of Shay Tolbert, Sammi Bates and Lonnie Groves. Tolbert also had a double and a single and drove in four total runs. Bates was 2-for-4 with three RBI and Groves added three singles to finish 4-for-4 on the day.

Megan Deiter pitched her 20th compete game of the season and improved to 23-2 overall. She held one of the country’s top hitting teams to just seven hits (7-for-29) and five runs. Jones County entered the game hitting .399 as a team and averaging 8.5 runs per game.

“Our girls controlled their at bats and we were patient for their pitches,” Brattin said. “We had great success staying within ourselves. We fundamentally ran the bases well and stayed aggressive. All-around we played Johnson County softball.”

The Lady Cavaliers don’t have much time revel in their victory. They must focus their attention on LSU-Enuice, Johnson County’s next opponent today at 1 p.m. EST. The Tigers, ranked fourth nationally, have won four of the last five national championships, including last year.

LSU-Eunice advanced this year with a 7-4 win over Waubonse in the opening round, and a 3-2 victory over #5 seed Des Moines Area yesterday.

Johnson County and LSU-Eunice have met previously just one time, at the 2009 NJCAA Championship. JCCC prevailed 7-4.

The winner will advance to take on the either No. 3 seed Phoenix or No. 7 seed Cowley, at 5 p.m. EST. Cowley upset No. 2 seed Kirkwood yesterday.  The loser drops to the consolation bracket and will face either Illinois Central or Lansing at 3 p.m. EST.

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.