The Lady Bobcats pose with the MACJC championship plaque after Sunday’s 4-2 win over Gulf Coast. (Photo, JCJC Athletics)

Lady ’Cats win state title again

It’s getting to be a habit for the Jones County Junior College women’s softball team.

Karli Perque (Westwego, La.) caught a line drive and doubled off a Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College runner at first base to complete a double play and end the game to give No. 1 JCJC a 4-2 victory in the championship game of the MACJC Tournament Sunday afternoon at Community Bank Park.

It was JCJC’s second straight title and its fifth MACJC crown in six years.

“This was a well-played softball game by two very good teams,” said JCJC head coach Chris Robinson. “Anytime you can win a state championship, it’s wonderful. I’m so very proud of our kids, our program and our coaches.

“I am so very happy for our kids because they have had the target on their backs all season. They’ve embraced it and we finished the deal this week.”

JCJC, 47-2, will now turn its attention to the Region 23 Tournament, which it will host beginning Thursday.

No. 7 MGCCC, 39-12, meets No. 4 LSU-Eunice, 42-10, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, while the Lady Bobcats meet No. 6 Itawamba, 39-12, at 6 p.m. The event continues through Saturday with the top two teams advancing to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament May 17-20 at Traceway Park in Clinton.

“We told our kids that good teams find a way to do good in the next tournament after they win a championship,” Robinson said. “We’ve got some work to do, but we are going to enjoy this for the next day or so. But we will come back to work Tuesday afternoon and get ready for the regional tournament.”