Four MDCC Basketball Players Receive Honors

  • Thursday, 20 March 2014 03:09

Four Mississippi Delta Community College basketball players have received honors following the 2013-2014 basketball season.

Ashanti Spencer of Bentonia has been named to the 2014 MACJC All-State Basketball First Team. The sophomore forward averaged 12.5 points per game for the Lady Trojans this season. She will also be playing in the MACJC All-Star Basketball Game which will be held April 11 at East Central Community College’s Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building in Fulton. The game begins at 5 p.m. with the men playing at 7 p.m.

MDCC Trojans’ James Evans of Starkville was named to the MACJC All-State Basketball Second Team. The 6’7” sophomore center averaged 15.2 points per game this season.

Two other Mississippi Delta players, Krystal Nailer and Johnny Rucker, will also be playing in this year’s All-Star Game at East Central Community College. Nailer, a sophomore guard from Shaw, averaged 13.3 points per game this season and Rucker, a sophomore guard from Yazoo City, averaged 12.3 points per game.

MACJC – Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.

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
Southwest Mississippi Community College
Pearl River Community College
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Jones Junior College

Lady Trojans Fall To East Miss

  • Thursday, 20 March 2014 07:58

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans dropped a pair of North Division games to East Mississippi Community College Wednesday losing the first game 15-3 and the second game 6-4.

The Lady Trojans held a 2-1 lead after the first inning but then gave up two runs in the second and one in the third before the Lady Lions blew the game open with an 11 run fourth. MDCC got their third run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

East Mississippi’s 15 runs came off 16 hits while leaving seven runners stranded on base. Mississippi Delta’s three runs came off four hits and they left three runners on base. Emily Cox and Taylor Seiler led the Lady Trojans at the plate with RBI doubles while Amber Adams and Lakin Ables produced a single each.

The Lady Lions opened game two with a four run first inning but then the Lady Trojans held them for four scoreless innings before giving up two additional runs in the sixth. The Lady Trojans finally got on the board with a three hit, four -run fourth but came up two runs short of going into extra innings.

Tori Blackburn was perfect at the plate going 3-3 (all singles) while Taylor Seiler had a single and a three run homerun to her credit. Megan Prentiss had a single and an RBI double while Emily Cox had two singles and Amber Adams added a single.

The Lady Trojans scored four runs on nine hits and left eight runners on base while the Lady Lions scored six runs on 12 hits and left six runners stranded.

The losses leave the Lady Trojans’ overall record at 0-18 and their North Division record at 0-6. Their next scheduled game is Friday at Holmes Community College in Goodman. Game one begins at 1 p.m.

For the second time in as many outings the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans have faced a nationally-ranked team and this time they swept the Northwest Community College Rangers, 8-7 and 11-2, Tuesday at Moorhead.

Last Saturday the Trojans split a pair of games with sixth-ranked East Mississippi CC and Tuesday they took two games from the 13th ranked Rangers. More importantly, both teams were North Division foes and the win moves Mississippi Delta to 5-1 in the division race. That’s good enough for at least a tie for first place.

Game one didn’t start well for the Trojans as they gave up three runs on four hits to the Rangers. But, a three run homer by Carson Crites in the bottom of the frame evened the score at 3-all. The Rangers scored three more runs in the fourth inning. This time, the Trojans answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame. This included a two run shot by Brandon Cummins.

Mississippi Delta added the eighth run in the fifth inning and the Rangers scored a final run in the sixth but came up one run short. Right-handed freshman Hunter Vanderburg was the winning pitcher going 3-and-a-third giving up one run on two hits while striking out three and walking one.

Carson Crites was perfect at the plate going 3-3 with four RBI’s. Brandon Cummins had two hits and two RBI’s, while Jason Berry and Colby Manor had a hit each.

While game one didn’t start well for Delta, the first inning of game two was possibly one of the best starts ever for the Trojans who sent 14 batters to the plate and scored 11 runs on six hits and one Ranger error. Included in the scoring frenzy was a two run homer by Jacob Shempert, a two run double by Brandon Cummins, and a two run single by Danny Springer.

The stunned Rangers finally managed one run in the fourth and one in the fifth. The Trojans were held scoreless for the remainder of the game by a total of six Northwest pitchers. Delta’s Lane Williams took the win for the Trojans going two-and-a-third and giving up two hits with one strikeout.

The Trojans scored 11 runs on 12 hits and left six men stranded on base while the Rangers scored two runs on three hits and also left six runners on the base paths.

The wins push the Trojans to 14-8 overall. They will travel to Fulton Saturday to take on North foe Itawamba Community College with game one beginning at 3 p.m.

MDCC 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Set

  • Sunday, 16 March 2014 04:15

The Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting five new members Saturday, April 12th, with a banquet and induction ceremony in the J.T. Hall Coliseum.

This year’s athletes include; Pat Hare (1979-1981) basketball, tennis and track, Reagan Ford (1966-1968) football and baseball, Kevin Rogers (1986-1988) baseball, and Michael DeJean (1988-1990) baseball. The Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan recipient will be long-time MDCC Alumni Affairs and Development Director Bethe Williams Becker.

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Pat Hare Reagan Ford

Pat Hare, formerly of Greenville, was an All-Star basketball player at MDJC and the MVP in basketball at Millsaps. He was a member of MDJC’s State Championship tennis team. Reagan Ford was an All-State defensive back his freshman and sophomore years at MDJC and was a Junior College All-American.

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Kevin Rogers Mike DeJean

Kevin Rogers led MDJC to State and Region XXIII Championships as a pitcher and set the record for most wins in a season (11). He went on to pitch for the San Francisco Giants. Mike DeJean also led Terry Thompson’s Trojans to State and Region XXIII Championships as a pitcher. He was drafted by the New York Yankees and played professionally for the Colorado Rockies, the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets.

Bethe Williams Becker

Mrs. Bethe Williams Becker of Greenwood is being inducted as the Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojans recipient. She is the person most responsible for getting the MDCC Sports Hall Of Fame off the ground in 1999 by taking on the daunting task of organizing that first induction ceremony and banquet.

Tickets for the banquet and induction ceremony are $20 per person ($5 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 to order is April 4th and reservations are required to attend. Make checks payable to the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame.

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans took on the sixth-ranked team in the nation Friday and split a pair of North Division baseball games with East Mississippi Community College at Moorhead losing game one 4-2 and winning game two 5-4.

Mississippi Delta opened game one with a run in the first inning and then held the Lions scoreless until the fourth when EMCC plated two runs on a double. The Trojans came back to tie the game in the bottom of the frame when Colby Manor reached on an error.

The Lions scored a run in the sixth on an error and a run in the seventh when they stole home. The Trojans put a runner on in the sixth but were unable to score. Devontae Wilson took the loss for the Trojans going five complete and giving up two earned runs on five hits.

The Lions scored four runs on seven hits with four errors and left six runners stranded on base. The Trojans scored two runs on four hits with four errors and left four men on base. Brandon Cummins led Delta with two hits. While Michael Beloso and Danny Springer had one hit each.

The Trojans came out swinging in the first inning of game two and scored three runs on three hits to take a 3-0 lead through three innings. Two runs came on RBI singles by Carson Crites and Danny Springer. The third run came on a sacrifice fly by Colby Manor.

The Lions answered with a two run homer by Trent Waddell to make it a one run game but Delta’s Carson Crites hit his second RBI single of the game in the fifth to give the Trojans a 4-2 lead.

The Lions tied the game in the sixth inning with two runs, the second another homerun by Trent Waddell. Mississippi Delta won the game in the bottom of the frame when Peyton Callahan singled and then scored on a Lions passed ball error.

The Trojans scored five runs on six hits with one error and left six runners stranded on base. The Lions scored four runs on seven hits with two errors and left four runners stranded. Matt Ray took the win for Delta going one-and-a-third and giving up one hit. Carson Crites had two hits and two RBI’s while Danny Spring had an RBI single. Brandon Cummins, Michael Beloso and Peyton Callahan also had hits.

The win gives the Trojans a 3-1 North Division record and leaves them at 12-8 overall. The next scheduled game is Tuesday at home against division foe Northwest Community College. The Rangers are ranked 13th in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association in Division II. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans opened North Division play Saturday at home with a sweep of Coahoma Community College, 9-1 and 5-1.

The Tigers opened game one with three straight singles and grabbed a 1-0 lead before running errors sent them to the dugout. Sophomore lefthander Devontae Wilson settled down after that and went six complete innings giving up just two more hits and no runs.

The Trojans scored tied the game in the bottom of the second and then scored four runs in the third inning, one in the fourth and three in the fifth to take the win. Peyton Callahan hit into two singles and a RBI. Brandon Cummins scored two runs with a single, Colby Manor had two singles and Carson Crites had an RBI single. Jason Berry also had a single.

The Tigers scored one run on five hits and left two runners stranded on base while the Trojans scored nine runs on eight hits and left three men on base.

In game two, the Trojans scored two runs in the first inning, one in the third, one in the fourth, and one in the fifth while the Tigers lone run came in the third inning.

Danny Springer led Mississippi Delta at the plate with a two run homer and a single while Jason Berry added an RBI double and a single. Brandon Cummins hit into a double while Jacob Shempert and Conner Osborne added singles.

The Tigers had one run on four hits and left four runners stranded while the Trojans had five runs on seven hits and left six men on base. Paul Carpenter went four and two-thirds innings striking out three and walking two.

The wins move Mississippi Delta to 9-5 overall and 2-0 in North Division play. The next scheduled game is Saturday, March 15, at home against North Division foe East Mississippi Community College. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.

Lady Trojans Fall To Northeast CC

  • Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:41

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans opened North Division play by hosting the Lady Tigers of Northeast Community College Wednesday. MDCC lost game one 10-2 and game two 13-0.

In game one Northeast scored one runs each in the first and second innings and three runs each in the third and fourth innings before adding a final run in the fifth. Mississippi Delta scored one run in the fourth, on a ground out by Sheana Witt and in the fifth on an RBI double by Emily Cox.

Northeast had 10 runs on six hits and left six runners stranded on base. The Lady Trojans had two runs on four hits and left five runners stranded. Delta’s Megan Prentiss, Tori Blackburn, and Amber Adams all hit singles in the game.

Game two saw the Lady Tigers explode for five runs in the first inning and five runs in the fourth. They added a single run in the second and two additional runs in the fifth. Meanwhile, the Lady Trojans could manage just two hits in the game, singles by Emily Cox and Taylor Seiler.

Northeast’s 13 runs came off 11 hits and the Lady Tigers left seven runs stranded on base. The Lady Trojans had no runs off two hits and left just one runner on base.

The losses drop the Lady Trojans to 0-14 for the season. They will be at home again on Friday as they play host to the Itawamba Lady Indians at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Ramsey Throws First Pitch

  • Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:04

Stephen Ramsey of Greenville and owner of ArkLaMiss Sports threw the ceremonial first pitch prior to last Thursday's baseball game. Ramsey generously donated new foul poles to the Trojan baseball program and has been an avid supporter of Trojan athletics.

The Trojans hosted East Central Community College in Moorhead taking both games in dramatic fashion. In game two, the Trojans fell behind by 9 runs but staged a furious comeback to sweep the series for an 11-9 win. In game one, the Trojans built a 3-1 lead and managed to fend off a late push by East Central for a 3-2 victory.

The Lady Trojans softball game against Northeast today has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 5, at 1:00 and 3:00 pm.

Trojans Split At Home

  • Monday, 03 March 2014 09:20

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans split a double-header with Hinds Community College Saturday in Moorhead winning the first game 4-1 before losing game two 7-1.

The Trojans scored two runs in the first and two in the fourth inning before the Eagles finally got on the board with a single run in the fifth. Brandon Cummins got the action started in the first with a double. This was followed with an RBI double by Danny Springer and an RBI single by Carson Crites.

A Single in the fourth by Michael Beloso scored Colby Manor and Peyton Calahan for Mississippi Delta’s other two runs. Sophomore lefty Devonte Wilson took the win going five complete innings. He struck out four while giving up seven hits and one run.

Peyton Calahan got two hits in the game while Danny Springer had an RBI double and Tyler Mize and Brandon Cummins added doubles. Carson Crites had an RBI single and Michael Beloso added a single.

The Trojans got five hits in game two but just couldn’t score as Eagles pitcher Casey Sutton went the distance giving up just one run while striking out four batters.

Meanwhile the Trojans went through seven pitchers but couldn’t stop the Eagles from racking 10 hits and seven runs in game two. Hinds scored three runs in the second, one in the fifth, and three more in the sixth inning. The Trojans finally got on the board in the sixth on an RBI single by Jacob Shempert.

Colby Manor had the best day at the plate for Mississippi Delta going three for three. Jacob Shempert and Peyton Calahan also got hits for Delta.

The split moves the Trojans to 7-5 for the season. Their next scheduled contest is set for Thursday, March 6th, when they will host Kellog Community College from Battle Creek, MI. The Bruins have played just one game thus far this year, a 10-0 loss Friday to LSU Eunice. The have also gone to the Division II World Series four times since 2002 finishing as runners-up in 2007.

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