MDCC SPORTS HALL OF FAME members for 2014 were inducted during a banquet Saturday night at the J.T. Hall Coliseum. They are (l. to r.) Dr. Reagan Ford (football, baseball 1966-68) of Starkville, Kevin Rogers (baseball 1986-88) of Cleveland, Michel DeJean (baseball 1988-90) of Monroe, LA, Pat Hare (basketball, tennis, track 1979-81) of Aiken, NC, and Bethe Williams Becker (Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan Award) of Greenwood.
Dr. Ford is originally from Drew.
Pat Hare is originally from Greenwood and worked for a number of years in Greenville.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans swept the Coahoma Community College Tigers Saturday taking the first game 13-0 and the second game 9-0.
Game one was a scheduled nine inning affair that only went eight innings due to the eight run rule. The game was close through the first seven innings with the Trojans getting one run in the first inning, two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh to take a 4-0 lead into the eighth inning.
Then, the Trojans blew the game wide open with a nine run eighth inning with four hits and four walks and two runs scored on passed balls. Sophomore lefthander had a sterling outing on the mound for Delta going the distance while giving up no runs and just three hits will striking out 10 batters and walking just two.
Carson Crites had three hits (including two doubles) and two RBI’s while Jacob Shempert drove in four runs on two hits. Conner Osborne had two doubles and two RBI’s while Tyler Mize and Peyton Callahan hit into two doubles each. Colby Manor had two hits (one double) and Jason Berry had one hit and one RBI.
Game two was a seven inning affair that saw the Trojans score one run in the second inning, three in the third, two in the fifth and three in the top of the seventh. The game was scheduled to be played at Coahoma but was moved to Moorhead due to rain but Coahoma retained the home field batting order.
Lance Williams went six complete innings and came close to pitching a no-hitter giving up just one hit while striking out six and walking just one batter. Jason Berry led the Trojans at the plate with three hits one double) and two RBI’s and was followed by Danny Springer with two hits (one double) and two RBI’s. Jacob Shempert had one hit and two RBI’s, while Peyton Callahan and Chase Palasini added a hit and an RBI each. Matt Ray, Tyler Mize and Demarcus Mahone also had hits.
The win improves the Trojans overall record to 20-11 and moves their North Division mark to 10-4. Their next game will be Wednesday at East Mississippi CC in Scooba. Game one begins at 4 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans got back in the winning grove Wednesday by sweeping South Division foe Southwest Community College 3-2 in game one and 10-3 in the nightcap.
There were five lead changes in game. The Bears scored a single and it wasn’t until the bottom of the third that Delta tied the game on a single by Brandon Cummins that scored Conner Osborne. The Trojans took a one run lead in the fourth when Jacob Shempert powered a line drive over the right field wall.
The game was tied again when the Bears scored a single run in the sixth inning then Mississippi Delta clinched the game in the bottom of the final frame when Ty Dean scored on a fielder’s choice. Matt Ray took the win in the mound for Delta pitching one inning.
Southwest scored two runs on six hits while the Trojans scored their three runs on six run. Brandon Cummins, Jacob Shempert, Michael Beloso, Conner Osborne, Jason Berry and Tyler Mize all had one hit apiece in the game.
The Trojans struck early and fast in game two scoring two runs in the first inning and adding five runs in the second and two runs in the third to take a 9-0 lead into the fifth inning when the Bears finally got on the boar with three runs. Delta added a run in the fifth to make it an even 10.
The Trojans scored their 10 runs on 10 hits with no errors while the Bears could only manage three runs on seven hits with five errors. Chandler Massengale took the win going 4.1 innings and giving up three runs on six hits with one strikeout and three walks.
Brandon Cummins had an RBI triple that scored two runs. Chase Palasini had two hits in the game Peyton Callahan had two hits, and Carson Crites had one hit and two RBI’s. Elgin Lafever, Jason Berry, Jacob Shempert and Tays Hardy all added a hit apiece.
The Trojans are now 19-11 overall and 8-4 in the North Division. They will host North Division opponent Coahoma Community College Saturday with game one (a nine inning affair) scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans split a pair of baseball games with Holmes Community College in Goodman Monday getting edged 6-5 in game one before blowing the Bulldogs out of the water, 14-1, in game two.
The Trojans jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game one with one run in the first and two runs in the second but the Bulldogs answered with a single run in the bottom of the second and then tied the game with a two run fourth. MDCC regained the lead with a run apiece in the fifth and sixth innings but Holmes won the game with a three run homer in the bottom of the sixth.
Devontae Wilson went the distance for the Trojans giving up six runs on just four hits while striking out five batters and walking two. Michael Beloso had a two run homer in the game and Tyler Mize added a solo homerun. Jacob Shempert went 3-4 at the plate with one double and an RBI while Brandon Cummins had two hits including a double and Carson Crites added a triple. Jason Berry also had a hit in the game.
Game two lasted only five innings and the big reason was the eight runs the Trojans scored in the top of the second. Thanks in part to RBI doubles by Brandon Cummins, Jacob Shempert, and Jason Berry and three walks by the Bulldogs.
The Trojans then added three runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth while Holmes was only able to manage a lone run in the bottom of the fourth. Tre Hobbs took the win on the mound going four innings and giving up one run on just three hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Kyle Wilson closed out the fifth inning on the mound for Delta with all zeros.
Sophomore Brandon Cummins came close to hitting for the cycle going 3-3 at the plate with a single in the first, a double in the second, and a homerun in the fourth. In all, he drove in five of the Trojans’ runs. Jacob Shempert went 2-3 with a two run homer and four RBI’s for the day. Tyler Mize, Danny Springer, Carson Crites, Jason Berry, Michael Beloso, and Peyton Callahan rounded out the eight Trojans who got hits in the game.
The split brings the Trojans’ overall record to 17-11 and their North Division record to 8-4. They will step out of division play Tuesday when they host South Division foe Southwest Community College in a pair of games beginning at 1 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans dropped a pair of North Division games to the Northeast Community College Tigers at Moorhead Wednesday losing the first game 10-4 and the second game 5-2.
The Tigers jumped out to a four run lead in game one by scoring two runs in the second and two runs in the third inning but the Trojans tied the game with a four-run fourth inning helped along by a two-run homer by sophomore Colby Manor.
Northeast answered with two runs in the fifth and four more runs in the sixth and then held the Trojans scoreless through the final three innings. Freshman Ben Bolden took the loss on the mound for Delta going four complete and giving up five runs on three hits while striking out four and walking three batters.
Northeast scored 10 runs on seven hits with one error and left seven runners stranded on base while the Trojans collected just four runs on eight hits with two errors and left four runners on base.
Colby Manor went 2-3 at the plate with a single and a two-run homer. Peyton Callahan had an RBI single while Brandon Cummins, Jacob Shempert, Carson Crites, Jason Berry and Michael Beloso all had a hit each.
The Tigers again took a big lead in game two scoring two runs in the first and two runs in the second inning. The Trojans answered with a single run in the bottom of the second another run in the third but were unable to produce any more runs despite loading the bases in sixth with two outs. Northeast added an insurance run in the seventh.
Freshman Paul Carpenter took the loss for MDCC going four complete giving up four runs on six hits while striking out five batters and walking just one. Jason Berry led the Trojans at the plate with a solo homerun while Danny Springer had an RBI double. The other Delta hits came from Michael Beloso and Tyler Mize.
The losses drop the Trojans overall record to 16-10 and their North Division record to 7-3 which is still good enough for first place in the division.
In other baseball news, freshman third baseman Carson Crites, who was named the Baseball Player of the Week in Mississippi last week, also received Baseball Player of the Week honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association Wednesday. Crites, a freshman from Amarillo, TX, led the Trojans to a 4-0 week vs No. 13 Northwest MS CC and Itawamba CC. He hit .667 on the week during 12 at-bats with eight hits, two doubles, one homerun, six RBIs, six runs scored, two walks and one stolen base.
The Trojans will be on the road Saturday for a double header with North Division foe Holmes Community College in Goodman. Game one begins at 1 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans' recent string of wins over ranked teams has earned them national recognition and a No. 10 ranking in this week’s NJCAA Division II national polls.
The Trojans are 16-8 overall and 7-1 in North Division play after last Saturday’s sweep of north foe Itawamba Community College in Fulton. Earlier the Trojans split a pair of games with north foe East Mississippi Community College, losing 4-2 and winning 5-4. The Lions were ranked sixth in the nation at the time. They then swept the 13th ranked Northwest Community College Rangers, 8-7 and 11-2.
This week’s rankings have South Division leader Jones Junior College ranked No.1 in the nation with a 24-2 record. East Mississippi Community College has moved up to fifth nationally with an 18-6 record. The Trojans are the only other team from Mississippi in the top 10.
The Trojans will be at home Wednesday as they face North Division foe Northeast Mississippi Community College with game one beginning at 1 p.m.
NJCAA – National Junior College Athletic Association
Mississippi Delta Community College freshman third baseman Carson Crites has been named the MACJC Baseball Player of the week for the week of March 17th.
Crites, a 6’0” right-hander from Amarillo, TX, led the Trojans to a 4-0 week vs No. 13 Northwest MS Community College and Itawamba Community College. Crites hit .667 on the week. He had 12 AB’s with eight hits, two doubles, one homerun, six RBIs, six runs scored, two walks and one stolen base.
The MDCC Trojans are currently 16-8 overall and 7-1 and in first place in the North Division of the MACJC.
MACJC – Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.