The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans split a conference double header with Holmes Community College Wednesday at Moorhead with Delta taking the first game 4-3 and the Bulldogs winning game two 2-1.
The Trojans opened game one with two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Will Costinett and Michael Beloso. The Bulldogs scored a run in the second and the Trojans answered with an RBI single by Roy Halums. Holmes tied the game with two runs in the third.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Trojans loaded the bases and then scored the winning run on a Bulldog walk.
Mississippi Delta scored four runs on nine hits with two errors and left nine runners stranded on base. The Bulldogs three runs came off five hits with no errors and they left 10 runners on the base paths. Clay LaBeff had two hits and one RBI while Michael Beloso had one hit and two RBI’s. Ty Dean, Matt Ray, Will Costinett, Peyton Callahan, Tays Hardy and Austin Burdine also had hits for the Trojans.
D.J. Stewart took the win on the mound for Delta going 2.2 innings and giving up no runs on one hit with four strikeouts. Starter Matt Ray went 2.1 innings giving up three runs on two hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Kenny Hinton went three innings with no runs on two hits and one strikeout and Tyler Dowdy pitched the ninth inning with no runs, no hits and two strikeouts.
Game two saw the Bulldogs jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first with a RBI single. The Trojans tied the game in the bottom of the second when Ayreon Davis drove in a run with a single. The game remained knotted until the top of the sixth when Holmes scored the winning run on a passed ball at the plate.
The Bulldogs’ two runs came on three hits with one error and two runners left of base. The Trojans’ one run came on five hits with three errors and three runners left stranded. Ayreon Davis’ RBI single led Delta at the plate. Michael Beloso, Ty Dean, Peyton Callahan, and Roy Halums all had one hit apiece.
Starter Skylar Larson went five complete giving up one run on two hits with one strikeout. Lee Quates went one-and-a-third inning with one run on one hit and Kyle Wilson closed out the game with 1.2 innings giving up no runs and no hits with one strikeout.
Mississippi Delta’s overall record moves to 12-13 while their conference record goes to 6-2. The Trojans will be on the road Saturday for a conference double header with East Central Community College at Decatur. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team finally had dry enough conditions to play a home game Tuesday and celebrated with a conference sweep of the Southwest Community College Bears taking a 4-3 win in 10 innings in game one before winning 5-1 in the night cap.
The Trojans took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning in game one before the Bears tied the game in the top of the third. Delta added a single run in the bottom of the frame and the score stayed at 3-2 Trojans until the top of the sixth when Southwest again knotted the score. The game was still tied at the end of the regulation nine innings and stayed that way until Ty Dean scored from third on a passed ball.
Michael Beloso led the Trojans with three hits followed by Clay LaBeff with two hits and Jordan Lambert with an RBI hit. Sophomore lefthander Tre Hobbs went the full 10 innings on the mound for the Trojans giving up just three runs on five hits while striking out seven batters and walking only two.
MDCC score four runs on eight hits with no errors and left seven runners stranded on base. The Bears three runs came on five hits with one error and they left three men on the base paths.
Mississippi Delta had an easier time in game two scoring one run in the first and two in the second inning before adding a run each in the fourth and sixth while the Bears were only able to score a single run in the fourth inning.
The Trojans’ five runs came on nine hits with no errors and three men left on base while the Bears’ lone run came off seven hits with no errors and four runners stranded on base.
Tays Hardy led the Trojans with three hits (two runs), while DeShawn Lindsey had one hit and two RBI’s, and Jordan Lambert and Peyton Callahan added a hit and an RBI each. Clay LaBeff, Gregory Tierce and Hunter Durham all had a hit apiece.
Starter Chandler Massengale went four complete innings on the mound giving up one run on five hits with one strike out and two walks. Tyler Milligan went three innings in relief giving up no runs on two hits with one strikeout.
The sweep brings the Trojans’ conference record to 5-1 and the overall record to 11-12. They will host Holmes Community College in a conference double header Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Former Mississippi Delta Community College basketball player Anthony McDonald fell just five three-pointers short of breaking the all-time season record for treys at North Carolina Central University in their 75-71 loss to the University of Miami last Tuesday in the National Invitational Tournament.
McDonald ended the season with the NCCU Eagles with 105 three-pointers. The record is 109 treys in a season. The senior guard hit 105 of 277 shots from beyond the arc for a .379 percent completion rate. He hit 134 of 330 attempts for 426 points from the field for a .406 percent shooting rate.
The Eagles finished the season 25-8 after their first ever trip to the NIT. The 2014 MEAC Champs ended the season 17-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference after falling 63-57 in the Conference Championship.
The Aberdeen native played under Coach Derrick Fears at Mississippi Delta Community College during the 2013 season where he averaged 22.3 points per game for the Trojans. His best game was a 36 point effort against Northeast Community College. He played one year at Itawamba Community College before coming to MDCC and then played his junior year at Mississippi Valley State (11.9 points per game) before finishing at NCCU.
The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team split a conference doubleheader with Meridian Community College Tuesday at Meridian losing game one 9-8 in 10 innings and winning game two 6-5 in eight innings.
Both games were extra inning affairs. This year’s new format in baseball no longer divides the state into North and South divisions. Instead, every team in the state plays one designated date with every other team in the state and the eight teams with the best records advance to the state tournament. Every doubleheader date consist of a nine inning game followed by a seven inning game.
In game one, Meridian held an 8-3 lead after six innings after they scored two runs each in the first, second and third innings and one each in the fifth and sixth while the Trojans scored three runs in the first inning. Delta tied the game with two runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth and the game remained knotted until the Eagles ended it with a run in the bottom of the 10th inning.
The Trojans’ eight runs came on 16 hits with five errors and they left 11 runners stranded on base. The Eagles’ nine runs came on 11 hits with no errors while nine runners were left stranded. Jordan Lambert and Will Costinett had three hits apiece for the Trojans. Peyton Callahan had one hit and three RBI’s while Matt Ray had two hits with one RBI and Michael Beloso and Clay LaBeff had one hit and one RBI each. Tays Hardy and Ty Dean added two hits apiece.
In game two the Trojans held a 4-3 lead through five innings after scoring one run in the first and third innings and two in the fourth. The Eagles responded with one run in the first and two in the second. Meridian tied the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and the game stayed knotted until Delta scored two runs in the top of the eighth. Meridian scored one run in the bottom of the frame and took the loss.
MDCC’s six runs came on five hits with one error with six men left on base. Meridian’s five runs came on eight hits and five errors with eight runners left stranded. Tays Hardy had one hit and an RBI while Clay LaBeff, Matt Ray, Jordan Lambert, and Peyton Callahan all had one hit apiece.
The Trojans’ overall record now stands at 9-12 while their conference record improves to 3-1 which puts MDCC in fifth place in the state behind East Mississippi at 6-0 in conference (12-6 overall), Hinds CC 5-1 (17-1), East Central CC 5-1 (12-6) and Northwest CC 5-1 (10-4).
The next scheduled game is a conference matchup Saturday at Moorhead against the Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears. First pitch is set for 1p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting six new members Saturday, April 25th, with a banquet and induction ceremony beginning with a reception at 5 p.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum.
This year’s athletes include; Hal Bridges - football (1966-1968), Chuck Edwards – basketball (1976-1978), Michelle Mullen - softball (1990-1992), Gail Mullen Sims - Softball (1990-1992), and Matthew Duff - baseball (1993-1995). This year’s Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan recipient will be long-time MDCC maintenance technician and Moorhead native Mac Sheffield.
Tickets for the banquet and induction ceremony are $20 per person ($10 for children 12 and under) and may be ordered by mail from the MDCC Athletic Director, P.O. Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761. Reservations may be made by calling 662-246-6478 or 246-6471 or 662-207-0266. The deadline for ordering is April 17th and reservations are required to attend. Make checks payable to the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame.
Two Mississippi Delta Community College basketball players, Niya Head and Darrius Dukes, have received honors following the 2014-2015 basketball season.
The Lady Trojans’ Niya Head of Tchula was one of five players recently named to the 2015 MACJC All-State Basketball North Division First Team and one of ten players named to the NJCAA Region XXIII First team. The 5’10” sophomore forward scored 356 points in 23 games (15.5 points per game) with 23 assists and 15 steals for the season. Head scored 20 points or more in seven games this season. Her best game was a 27 point effort against Hinds Community College.
MDCC Trojans’ Darrius Dukes of Ashland was named to the MACJC All-State Basketball North Division Second Team. The 6’0” sophomore guard scored 280 points in 19 games (14.7 points per game) and 22 assists this season. Dukes scored 20 points or more in six games this season. His best effort was 34 points against East Mississippi.
MACJC – Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.
NJCAA – National Junior College Athletic Association
North Division Members:
Mississippi Delta Community College
Holmes Community College
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Northeast Mississippi Community College
Itawamba Community College
Coahoma Community College
East Mississippi Community College
South Division Members:
Hinds Community College
East Central Community College
Meridian Community College
Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Southwest Mississippi Community College
Pearl River Community College
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Jones Junior College
The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team won its first two conference games of the season Saturday on the road at Wesson demolishing Copiah-Lincoln Community College 12-3 in game one and 12-2 in game two.
The Co-Lin Wolves took a one run lead in the bottom of the first in game one and held that lead through four scoreless Trojans inning in the nine inning affair. The MDCC bats woke up in the fifth when the Trojans took a 2-1 lead. They then exploded for four runs in the sixth, three in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth while the Wolves could only muster two additional runs in the sixth.
Sophomore lefty Tre Hobbs was the winning pitcher going seven complete giving up three runs on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Tyler Milligan went two innings with no runs on one hit and one strikeout. The Trojans scored 12 runs on 13 hits with five errors while the Wolves scored three runs on eight hits with five errors.
Matt Ray led the Trojans at the plate with four RBI’s on three hits and three runs. He was followed by Jordan Lambert with three hits, one RBI, and three runs. Peyton Callahan added two hits and one RBI.
Game two ended after just five innings as the Trojans scored two runs in the first inning, four in the second, two in the fourth and four in the fifth while allowing the Wolves just two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Right-handed freshman Lee Quates kept Co-Lin in check for four complete innings giving up no runs and just two hits with one walk and one strikeout. Reliever Kerry Hinton went one inning giving up two runs on one hit with two walks.
Matt Ray had two hits and one RBI and scored two runs while Jordan Lambert had two hits and an RBI and one run. Ty Dean also had two hits and scored two runs, while DeShawn Lindsey and Clay LaBeff had one hit and two runs each.
The Trojans scored their 12 runs on 12 hits with one error while the Wolves’ two runs came on three hits with three errors.
During the week the Trojans split a pair of games with the Southwest Bears at Summit with Delta winning the first game 8-7 and losing game two 6-5. In game one the Trojans scored their eight runs on 15 hits with three errors while the Bears’ seven runs came on 10 hits with two errors. In game two the Trojans scored five runs on nine hits with no errors while the Bears scored six runs on six hits with one error.
After Saturday the Trojans are 8-9 overall and 2-0 in conference play. In a new system this year, all fifteen teams in the state will play each other just once in two nine inning double headers with the top eight teams going to the state tournament. There is no North and South Division in baseball.