Mississippi Delta baseball to host fall showcase

MOORHEAD – The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program is set to host a fall showcase camp on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead. The showcase will get underway at noon.

The showcase camp is designed for players in the 9th-12th grades to get exposure to college coaching staffs expected to be in attendance. The cost of the event is $75.

Each of the players will be seen at their respective position and pitchers, who are dual players, will be allowed to participate at both spots. Campers will be put through a pro-style workout.

Campers will run the 60-yard dash, be tested at their defensive positions, as well hit on the field at Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex. Lunch will not be provided and the camp will be limited to the first 100 applicants.

Pre-registration is highly recommended as spots are filling up quickly. Click here to visit the Trojan Baseball Fall Showcase page for the registration form.

Please download the form and send the completed copy (information form and waiver form) to: Dan Rives, Head Baseball Coach, PO Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761. Make sure to include your $75 in the mailed form and make checks payable to “MDCC Baseball.”

Check-in time and late registration for the showcase event is at 11 a.m. on Sept. 24.

For more information, contact coach Jarrod Parks at 601.502.5968 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grinstead named new MDCC softball skipper

Brad GrinsteadMississippi Delta Community College welcomes Brad Grinstead as its new head softball coach. Grinstead was approved by the MDCC Board of Trustees during its August 10 meeting.

He has been the assistant softball coach at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas since 2014. Under his leadership, the program set single season win records during the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. Lyon is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). During the 2015 season, the team finished second in the American Midwest Conference.

From 2010 to 2013, Grinstead was the assistant softball coach at Hendrix College, which is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III school in Conway, Arkansas.

At Lyon and Hendrix, he was responsible for developing daily practice schedules and game plans along with recruiting and implementing strength and conditioning workouts.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead the program,” says Grinstead. I’m looking forward to our first game and bringing a championship program to Mississippi Delta.”

Grinstead is a Colorado native and graduated from Moffat County High School in Craig, Colorado. He played college baseball at Hendrix College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2011.

“It’s great to have Brad here as the new head softball coach,” says Athletic Director Jeff Tatum. He has hit the ground running from day one, and we’re excited to add him to the athletic department.”

Grinstead replaces former head coach Chris Watford who accepted the head softball coaching position at Washington School.

MDCC Baseball picks up postseason honors

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans baseball team had a load of team success in 2017, finishing 29-19, and on Monday, the team was honored for its individual success as well, as two Trojans were named to the All-Region and Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State first teams, while four of their teammates were named to the All-State second team.

Cole Marsh (Monroe, La.) and Nathan Pilutti (Destrehan, La.) were the two MDCC standouts selected to the All-Region and All-State first team, while Jake Hartman (Nesbit), Tyler Jones and Payton Lane (both of Columbus) and Wendell Rieves (Crawford) were chosen to the All-State second team.

Marsh, a freshman right-handed pitcher and Mississippi State University signee, finished with a 10-2 record with a 2.69 ERA and a 91/35 strikeout/walk ratio in 80.1 innings. He also threw two complete games, earned a save and held opponents to a .216 batting average.

Pilutti, a sophomore outfielder and Southeastern Louisiana University commit, led the Trojans in batting average (.429), runs scored (53), hits (69), triples (four), on-base percentage (.518) and stolen bases (17), while finishing second on the team in doubles (16), home runs (six) and RBI (45).

Hartman, a sophomore catcher, was a force on both sides of the ball for MDCC all season, as he ended the 2017 regular season in second place in the country in throwing runners out with a .476 percentage (30 runners thrown out in 63 attempts). He also tied for the team lead in home runs with nine and finished with a .330 batting average to go along with three triples and 41 RBI.

Jones, a freshman second baseman, had a stellar rookie campaign, hitting .360 with six doubles, two triples, one home run and 26 RBI, to go along with 11 stolen bases.

Lane, a sophomore first baseman, was second on the team with a .364 batting average and had 12 doubles, four home runs, 38 RBI and a .432 on-base percentage.

Rieves, a sophomore third baseman, was the team leader in a number of offensive categories, including at-bats (180), doubles (17), home runs (nine) and RBI (54), all while maintaining a .333 batting average.

MDCC Baseball announces tryouts

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans are hosting baseball tryouts for 2017 high school graduates on Tuesday, May 23 at 2 p.m. at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex on the Moorhead Campus. Those interested in trying out must bring a copy of a recent physical and a $20 workout fee.

FULL DETAILS:

• Tuesday, May 23, 2017
• Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex, Hwy 3 and Cherry Street, Moorhead, MS 38761
• Check in at 1 p.m.
• Tryout begins at 2 p.m.
• Cost - $20 (Checks can be made to “MDCC Baseball” & can be brought the day of)
• 2017 High School Graduates
• Pro-Style Workout

For more information, contact MDCC head coach Dan Rives at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or assistant coach Jarrod Parks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Baseball Trojans set for MACJC playoffs

The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state baseball playoffs get underway on Wednesday and the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will head to Decatur to take on East Central Community College in a best two-of-three series.

The Trojans of MDCC will take on the Warriors of EC at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening in game one at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex, with game two getting underway on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. Game three, if necessary, will follow at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday night.

Mississippi Delta will enter the first round of the playoffs as the number seven seed in the MACJC, while East Central comes in as the number four seed, thus earning the right to host the opening round. Only one game separates the two in the final conference standings, as EC finished with a 17-11 conference mark and MDCC had a conference record of 16-12.

The Trojans come into the playoffs with a 29-17 overall mark and 16-12 finish in MACJC play after a week in which the team split a doubleheader on the road at Coahoma Community College (May 2) and at Copiah-Lincoln Community College (May 6).
Mississippi Delta fell in game one, 6-3, in Clarksdale on Tuesday, before winning the nightcap, 18-13.

In game one at CCC on Tuesday, the Trojans were led offensively by Will Godfrey (Columbus), Nathan Pilutti (Destrehan, La.) and Wendell Rieves (Crawford), as the trio each had two hits in the opener.
Hunter Allen (Pearl) started the contest on the mound and gave the Trojans five solid innings of work, as the freshman left-hander gave up five runs (one earned) and picked up a strikeout.
Weber Herbison (Cleveland) had four hits in the nightcap on Tuesday, including a grand slam, to help lead the 21-hit Trojan attack.
Dalton Lambre (Cleveland) and Pilutti each added three hits in game two, with Pilutti picking up a home run as well.

Brendan Painter (Hernando) earned the win on the mound in game two after his relief stint of 3.1 innings.
The Trojans of MDCC fell to Co-Lin, 3-2, in the series opener on Saturday in Wesson, despite a stellar effort on the hill from Trey Jones (Olive Branch), as the freshman right-hander threw seven innings and allowed only three runs (two earned) to cross the plate.

Herbison and Pilutti each had two RBI in game one, with Pilutti and Tyler Jones (Columbus) each adding an RBI.

Delta avenged their earlier loss in game one by hammering the home standing Wolves, 10-2, in the regular season finale.

Rieves paced the Trojans offense with two homeruns and five RBI, while Payton Lane (Columbus) added two hits as well.

Cole Marsh (Monroe, La.), a recent Mississippi State University commit, moved to 10-1 on the season with the win on the mound after going six innings and allowing only two runs and five hits, while picking up five strikeouts.

Trojans keep playoff chances alive with a pair of splits

The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) baseball regular season is nearing the end and the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans picked up two crucial doubleheader splits against Itawamba Community College and Jones County Junior College over the last five days to keep their playoff hopes alive.

MDCC grabbed a thrilling 10-9 victory in game two at No. 16 Itawamba on Tuesday on the strength of a solo home run by Jake Hartman (Horn Lake) in the top of the eighth inning to score the go-ahead run and help the Trojans improve to 25-15 overall and 12-10 in the MACJC.

The Trojans dropped Tuesday’s opener to Itawamba, 12-8, despite a furious comeback in the middle innings.

Delta played host to No. 1 ranked Jones County Junior College on Friday and came away with a two-game split after a 3-0 complete game, shutout victory on the mound from Cole Marsh (Monroe, La.). The freshman righty went all seven innings, finishing with six strikeouts and allowing only one walk to move to 8-1 on the season.

Jones came away with a 12-3 victory in game one of Friday’s double dip.

In the second game at Itawamba, the Trojans were able to get multiple hits from Hartman, Weber Herbison (Cleveland), Dawson Ivey (Meridian), Tyler Jones and Payton Lane (both of Columbus), and a two-run home run from Wendell Rieves (Crawford) to lead the attack.

Brendan Painter (Hernando) earned the win on the mound after an excellent relief effort, throwing 4.2 shutout innings and picking up three strikeouts while allowing only one hit.

MDCC had an 11-hit output in Tuesday’s game one in Fulton, but it was not enough to prevail victorious. Tyler Jones, Lane and Rieves all had two hits, while Herbison and Ivey each hit home runs to pace the offense.

Trey Jones (Olive Branch) was the tough-luck loser on the mound, despite not allowing an earned run.

In the nightcap against JCJC on Friday, Marsh threw the aforementioned shutout, but also received offensive help from Herbsion, Jones and Rieves, as the trio each picked up an RBI in the victory.

Hartman, Lane and Rieves all had multiple hits in Friday’s opener versus the top-ranked Bobcats and Trey Jones was stellar on the hill, but it was not enough to lead the Trojans to a two-game sweep.

Trojans split MACJC double dip with Northwest

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team split a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) home doubleheader versus Northwest Community College on Wednesday afternoon in Moorhead.

The Trojans won game one over Northwest, 6-5, before falling 4-1 in the nightcap. The two-game split puts Delta at 23-13 overall and 10-8 in the MACJC with 10 conference games remaining in the regular season.

Hunter Allen (Pearl) was the winner on the hill in the opener, battling through an early 5-0 deficit and twirling seven innings, including five straight shutout innings from the third inning on. Wesley Ross (Bruce) threw the final two scoreless innings to earn the save.

Jake Hartman (Horn Lake) and Wendell Rieves (Crawford) each hit two-run home runs to lead the Delta offense and each finished with two hits in game one. Payton Lane (Columbus) led all hitters with three hits and an RBI in the first game.

In game two, the Trojans picked up seven hits, including two from both Rieves and Kaleb Bell (Houston, Texas), but it was not enough, as the Rangers came away with a split and a 4-1 win.

Brandon Kessner (Gretna, La.) was the tough-luck loser on the mound, despite throwing 5.1 innings and only allowing three earned runs to cross the plate.

Mississippi Delta was scheduled to host No. 1 ranked Jones County Junior College on Saturday, but due to heavy rains in the forecast, the Trojans and Bobcats will now play at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead.

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