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.
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.
|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.
|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.
MDCC students and staff visit with legislators
Several Mississippi Delta Community College students traveled to the state capitol Tuesday to participate in Capitol Day, hosted by the Mississippi Faculty Association for Community and Junior Colleges.
The MDCC students were among the colleges' Student VOICES groups, a student-led advocacy that encourages students to be civically engaged. Ultimately, the goal of Student VOICES is to produce a desire for students to understand, be involved, and support the political process of lawmaking.
While in Jackson, the MDCC students met with Delta-area legislators and toured the Capitol. Topping student concerns is the cost of a college education.
In remarks to students, faculty and other supporters of the 15 community colleges gathered at the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, key legislators voiced support for the colleges and their efforts to achieve mid-level funding.
Rep. Nolan Mettetal, R-Sardis, chairman of the House Universities and Colleges Committee and Appropriations Committee, is a graduate of Northwest Community College in Senatobia. "Thank you so much for training and educating almost a quarter of a million students annually. It's amazing how you have established yourself as the greatest value in higher education in Mississippi. It's also quite fascinating that the fact that 64 percent of all freshmen are enrolled in a community college. Pretty remarkable," he said.
In 2007, legislators promised to fund the colleges at the mid-level point - per-student funding halfway between K-12 education and the regional public universities - but the community colleges are only getting 52 percent of the promised funds. The colleges are seeking to regain the ground they lost since the legislation was passed. It will take $86.6 million to make it halfway to the mid-level target.
With 64 percent of all freshmen as their students, Mississippi's 15 community colleges play a key role in our state's higher education system that leads to a more educated populace and a trained workforce.
"We have a diverse student body in the community college system and that's what it's all about - and that's what it takes to make Mississippi prosper," said Sen. John Polk, R-Hattiesburg, chairman of the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee.
"Middle skill jobs, which require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor's degree, make up the largest segment of jobs in the current economy. Community colleges are the pivotal link in preparing a competitive workforce in Mississippi," said Dr. Clyde Muse, president of Hinds Community College and legislative chair for the 15-college system.
Johnny Allen, vice president of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges and president of Northeast Community College, said the money is there this year for the legislators to appropriate money toward mid-level funding.
"We want to make sure we have the means to support our students with quality faculty not only today but in the future, to provide access to quality higher education through the lowest possible tuition costs and the means to employ modern technology to make sure we have the tools to do the teaching job," Allen said. "We believe that the means are there. We are calling on the members of the Legislature to make sure we preserve one of the most outstanding aspects of public education."
The community colleges enroll more than 75,000 students, including 54 percent of all undergraduates and nearly half of all students taking a credit course. "Mid-level funding is a means to keep tuition affordable, to recruit and retain quality faculty, and prepare more students for work. It is also simple fairness," said Dr. Eric Clark, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board.
The 15-college system serves nearly 250,000 Mississippians each year in university transfer, career/technical, workforce and adult education programs.
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.