The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans baseball team traveled to Wesson Wednesday and split a double header with the Copiah-Lincolns Community College Wolves losing the first game 11-0 and winning game two 10-9.
The Wolves jumped out to a 8-0 lead in the first inning of game one and then added a run in the second inning and two in the fourth while holding the Trojans scoreless one just three hits. Co-Lin’s 11 runs came on 10 hits and both teams stranded five runners on base.
Freshman left-hander Tre Hobbs was the losing pitcher in the contest giving up eight runs on four hits with one strikeout and four walks in two innings of work. Right-hander Tyler Milligan pitched one-and-a-third innings in relief giving up one run and one hit with one walk. D.J. Stewart (two innings) finished the game giving up two runs on five hits with a strikeout and a walk each. Demarcus Mahone, Matt Ray and Clay LaBeff all had one hit apiece in the game.
Game two was a different affair. The Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the first inning while the Wolves answered with single runs in the first, second and third to take a 3-1 lead. Delta added three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth but the Wolves tied the game at 8-all with three runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth inning.
In the top of the seventh Peyton Callahan singled and scored Jordan Lambert and Matt Ray to give the Trojans a 10-8 lead. Co-Lin could only manage one run in the bottom of the seventh as the leadoff batter tripled and scored on a single by the next batter. Freshman lefty Tyler Dowdy then struck out the next two batters. The game ended on a line-out to second baseman Clay LaBeff.
Dowdy was the winning pitcher going two-and-a-third innings and giving up one run on three hits with three strikeouts. Starter Kyle Wilson went three innings giving up four runs on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk while Lee Quates (1.2 innings) gave up four runs on four hits.
Jordan Lambert led the Trojans at the plate with four hits, three RBI’s, and three runs. Matt Ray had two hits and two RBI’s while Peyton Callahan had one hit and two RBI’s. Demarcus Mahone, Ty Dean and Tays Hardy had two hits each while Michael Beloso and Clay LaBeff had one hit each.
The Trojans are currently 5-2 overall. Their next scheduled games will be Friday at Ellisville against the Bobcats of Jones Junior College. The 7-1 Bobcats are the defending State Champions and ended the 2014 regular season ranked sixth in the nation. First pitch is 2 p.m.
Kiyona Crawford of Indianola and Kirk Melvin of Mound Bayou have been named Mr. and Miss MDCC for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Crawford, a biology major, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Delta Dancers, and is president of the college's Student Government Association. She plans to attend The University of Mississippi once obtaining an associate's degree.
Melvin, a general education major, serves as manager for The Delta Dancers. He plans to attend Delta State University and pursue a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
Mr. and Miss MDCC are nominated and voted on by the student body each spring. For more information, visit www.msdelta.edu or call (662) 246-MDCC.
from David Allen, MBS President and CEO
Dr. Edward Rice, Vice President of Student Services at Mississippi Delta Community College, was on hand to accept the award. "I'm very proud of our students, faculty and staff for their efforts in hosting blood drives each semester," states Rice. "MDCC's health sciences and students services departments, along with campus groups including the Beta Rho Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Society and the Trojan Football team, have each played a major role in hosting blood drives on our campuses."
According to a recent press announcement by Mississippi Blood Services, "The College encourages students, faculty and staff to donate, not just promoting blood donations with their words but with their sleeves rolled up. They have several organizations on campus that strive to get the message out and recruit donors-Mississippi Delta Community College is a true champion for Mississippi Blood Services. If there is a degree in charitable giving, MDCC offers an outstanding program and their students are masters in the discipline."
Maegan Applewhite of Sunflower was selected by her co-workers as Mississippi Delta Community College's Staff Member of the Month for February. Applewhite serves the college as an administrative assist ant in the allied health department.
"The most enjoyable part of my job at MDCC is my interaction with co-workers and students," says Applewhite. An MDCC employee for 4 years, her daily responsibilities includes processing health science applications and maintaining health information for clinical rotations.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans split a North Division matchup with Itawamba Community College Tuesday afternoon in Moorhead with the Trojans edging the Indians 75-74 and the Lady Indians defeating the MDCC women 70-60.
The Trojans jumped ahead early in their contest and were leading by 10 points, 22-12, with 7:35 remaining in the first half when the Indians went on a 14-4 tear and tied the game at 26-all with 48 second left. Delta’s Darius Dukes sent the Trojans into the locker room with a one point lead after draining three free throws to end the half 29-28.
The second half opened with seven lead changes in the first six minutes before the Trojans went on an 18-6 run during the next seven minutes to go up by 12 points, 57-45, with 8:01 remaining in the game.
Mississippi Delta still maintained a seven point lead, 73-66, with 1:02 left and seemed on their way to an easy victory. But, after a couple of turnovers and two free throws the Indians were only down one point with 22 seconds remaining. Then, a stolen inbounds pass and a bucket gave Itawamba a 74-73 lead with 19 ticks remaining.
Sophomore Zamarlus Griffin made the final two points of the game, two free throws, with 13 seconds remaining and the Indians failed to score with their last shot.
Darius Dukes (3-4 treys) and Zamarlus Griffin led the Trojans in scoring with 14 points each while Tyrone McNeese and DeCarlos Holmes added 12 points each and Travon Harper posted 11 points.
The win put the Trojans overall record at 9-12 and, more importantly, improves their North Division record to 5-6 and pretty much assures them a fourth place finish in the division and a berth in the state tournament even though they have a game remaining against Coahoma Thursday.
The Lady Trojans played the division leading Lady Indians (11-1, 20-3) one of the closest games of the year. After falling behind by nine points in the first three minutes, the Delta women fought back and tied the game at 34-all at the halftime buzzer.
MDCC stayed within striking distance for most of the second half and it wasn’t until the 3:50 mark that the Lady Indians finally took a double digit lead, 61-51.
Sophomore Niya Head led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 22 points (one point behind game leader Jayla Chills of Itawamba) and scored a double-double with an outstanding 24 rebounds. She was followed in double figures by Racquel Harper with 14 points.
The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 6-15 overall and 3-8 in the North Division.
Mississippi Delta will play its final regular season games of the year Thursday night on the road as they travel to Clarksdale to take on the Coahoma Community College Tigers and Lady Tigers at 6 and 8 p.m.