Kickstart Your Life theme also is unveiled
Mississippi Delta Community College officials announced a new partnership with Pepsi at an April 3 press conference on the Moorhead, Miss., campus. The joint venture includes a 10-year beverage contract and $140,000 sponsorship, as well as a marketing partnership to promote the college's 2014 Kickstart Your Life, orientation sessions and Pepsi's new Kickstart line of energizing drinks.
Under the 10-year contract, Pepsi becomes the exclusive beverage provider for Mississippi Delta Community College, and in exchange, Pepsi provides MDCC with a $140,000 sponsorship.
"Pepsi is now our exclusive beverage provider, and Pepsi brand beverages will be the only brand sold on all MDCC campuses," says Reed Abraham, MDCC's associate vice president for public relations. The contract includes those beverages sold in vending machines, at all athletic events, in the cafeteria and in the bookstore.
MDCC's recent press conference also featured the unveiling of the school's 2014 orientation theme, Kickstart Your Life. As part of the school's partnership with Pepsi, the company's new Mountain Dew Kickstart energizing drinks will be given away to students in connection with this summer's orientation sessions.
The college's fall orientation will be held at the Moorhead campus on June 24 for career technical and allied health students, and June 26 for MDCC's academic study students. A make-up session is scheduled for July 22 in Moorhead. In addition, orientation for GHEC students will be held July 8 at the Greenville center's campus.
MDCC students who registered in advance of their scheduled orientation session online at kickstart.msdelta.edu will have their names put into a drawing for an Apple iPad mini. An Ipad mini will be given away at each orientation session.
Pell funding is available for qualifying, incoming first-time MDCC students to attend the 2014 summer session. "We encourage our students to take advantage of this opportunity and Kickstart their education at Mississippi Delta Community College," says MDCC President Larry Nabors.
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 MDCC Jazz Combo will be in performance on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7pm at the B. B. King Museum in Indianola, MS. This is a part of their monthly 'First Thursday' concert series.
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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.