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.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans claimed sole possession of first place in the North Division this weekend with a sweep of Itawamba Community College at Fulton. The Trojans defeated the Indians 6-5 in game on and 11-6 in game two.
The wins move Mississippi Delta’s division record to 7-1 and their overall record to 16-8. North Division foes East Mississippi are 5-1, Northeast Community College is 4-2, Northwest Community College is 4-4, Itawamba Community College drops to 2-4, Holmes Community College is 2-6, and Coahoma is 0-6.
Game one saw the Indians take a 1-0 lead in the first inning before the Trojans tied the game in the third and then added three runs in the fourth inning. Itawamba added one run in the fourth and one in the fifth and tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with two additional runs.
The game went into extra innings after being tied at the end of the seventh. Delta won in the eighth when a sacrifice fly by Michael Beloso scored Carson Crites. Winning pitcher Matt Ray held Itawamba scoreless in the bottom of the frame. Ray went three innings giving up five hits and two runs while striking out three and walking one. Starter Devontae Wilson went five innings giving up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Carson Crites went 3-4 at the plate while Danny Springer batted in two runs on two hits and Peyton Callahan had two hits and one RBI. Jason Berry had one hit and two RBI’s while Tyler Mize added two hits and Brandon Cummins added one.
In game two the Trojans scored two runs in the second inning and three runs in the third while the Indians answered with four runs in the bottom of the third and then tied the game with a single run in the fourth. The game remained tied after five innings as both teams added a run each but the Trojans broke things open with four runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh for a convincing 11-6 win.
Drew Pellum took the win on the mound for Delta going one-and-two-thirds innings and allowing one run while striking out two batters.
Eight Trojans got hits in the game with Brandon Cummins going 3-5 at the plate. Colby Manor and Jason Berry had two hits and two RBI’s while Danny Springer had two hits and one RBI and Tays Hardy had two hits. Jacob Shempert and Michael Beloso had one hit and two RBI’s each and Carson Crites had an RBI hit.
The Trojans have two games remaining in the first round of North Division play. They will host Northeast Community College Wednesday at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead. First pitch is 1 p.m. Then they will travel to Goodman Saturday to take on Holmes Community College. Game one begins at 1 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans dropped a pair of North Division games to Holmes Community College Friday at Moorhead losing the first game 12-2 and the second game 18-0.
The Lady Bulldogs scored seven runs on six hits in the first inning of game one. The Lady Trojan s answered with a single run in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly by Janesha Nickerson.
Holmes added a run in the second inning and four runs in the sixth while Mississippi Delta scored their second run in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by Nickerson. The Lady Bulldogs’ 12 runs came on 12 hits with six runners left on base. Delta’s two runs came on three hits with three runners left stranded. Megan Prentiss and Miranda Kelly also got hits for the Lady Trojans.
In game two the Lady Bulldogs scored one run in the first inning and one run in the second before exploding for 15 runs off 12 hits in the third inning. They added a lone run in the fifth.
Holmes had 18 runs on 19 hits and stranded eight runners on base. The Lady Trojans had two hits in the game.
The loss drops Mississippi Delta to 0-20 for the season and leaves their North Division record at 0-8.
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
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.