MDCC baseball alumni weekend

baseball alumni

Moorhead – Mississippi Delta Community College is hosting a baseball alumni weekend to coincide with the college’s homecoming activities. On Friday, October 12, the current 2019 Trojan Baseball squad will showcase their talents during a 2:00 p.m. first pitch scrimmage game at Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead. 

Former alumni are invited to the game and encouraged to hang out for dinner and drinks at 6:00 p.m. courtesy of MDCC at Hometown in Inverness. Come reminisce and relive the good ole days with former teammates and coaches. 

On Saturday, October 13, everyone is invited to the MDCC Alumni Association Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. at the Vandiver Student Union before heading to the Alumni Home Run Derby at the field at 10:30. 

Be sure to stick around for the 2:30 homecoming football game kickoff against Itawamba Community College. The court will be presented prior to kickoff. 

Trojan football's first home game

MDCC vs Hinds
By Bryan Davis/The Enterprise-Tocsin

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans football team will be in Moorhead for the first time in 2018 this Thursday night. 

Coming off back-to-back road losses, the Trojans will try to get on the winning side of the standings against Northwest Mississippi Community College. 

Coach Benjy Parker’s Rangers started the season with two wins in a row, one against Southwest and the most recent a 28-24 victory over East Central. 

“Coach Parker does a really good job,” said MDCC Head Coach Jeff Tatum this week. “We know they’re going to be well-coached. They’re going to bring a lot more pressure on us.” 

Tatum said he expects the Rangers to bring a one-back offensive approach, with a sound defensive attack. 

“We’re going to have to be really disciplined on offense,” Tatum said. 

Meanwhile, the Trojans are coming off of what Tatum said is one of the best offensive performances the MDCC program has seen in the past two to three years. 

Though they fell to Hinds Community College on Thursday night, MDCC scored 21 points in the 31-21 loss. 

The game was moved at the last minute to Mississippi College’s football stadium, due to heavy rainfall from Hurricane Gordon, which drenched the field in Raymond last week. 

Jacob Krumm out of Hernando started the game for the Trojans, before Tyrique McAfee returned to the field later in the game for MDCC.

Krumm had put up a 4-for-7 backup performance against Gulf Coast the prior week, accumulating 43 yards in the air. 

Tatum said he played five freshmen on the offensive line, with three getting their first college experience in week two. 

Defensively, Tatum said the defensive ends for the Trojans continue to be the strength of the attack. 

“They gave us exactly what we needed out of them,” Tatum said. 

After two weeks on the road, Tatum said it will be nice to be back on the home turf. 

“It’s really nice to play at home,” Tatum said. “We hope the mosquitoes and humidity will be on our side Thursday night.”

Trojan football season kicks off tonight

By Bryan Davis/The Enterprise-Tocsin

Jeff Tatum’s Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans are going to be on the road for the first two weeks of 2018, and he couldn’t be more pleased with the schedule. 

“We see that as a big positive,” Tatum said on Monday morning. “We’re kind of excited about opening the first two games on the road.”

Tatum said he is looking forward to getting what will be a young Trojan football team off campus for the first two games as to eliminate as many distractions as possible for his squad. 

This year’s opener will take place at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. 

The Bulldogs defeated MDCC in the 2017 matchup 52-20, but MGCCC has a new head coach in Jack Wright and a new defensive coordinator in Lytrel Pollard. 

Wright takes over a Gulf Coast program that won five games in 2017. 

The Batesville native previously coached at Northwest Community College, where he took a 1-8 program to national championship winners in just two seasons. 

Pollard comes to MGCCC from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he served as defensive backs coach and running backs coach, according to the Bulldogs’ website. 

“They have a new coach,” Tatum said. “They have a new defensive coordinator, so we’re having to guess on what they’re going to do, because they haven’t been there.” 

Tatum said he expects the Bulldog skill players to be as good as any out there, with multiple players returning.

LSU redshirt quarterback Lowell Narcisse also transferred to the Bulldog program, and Tatum said he looks for him to be a big playmaker. 

“We know they’re going to be talented in the skill positions,” Tatum said. 

Like MDCC, Tatum said Gulf Coast’s offensive and defensive lines are young, and he hopes his team can exploit that youth tonight. 

As for the Trojans, Tatum is looking for his team to be aggressive, with more simplified offensive and defensive schemes. 

“We’re a real young team,” Tatum said. “We know they’re going to make mistakes, but they are going to make them at full speed. We’re going to let them play.” 

The Trojans and Bulldogs will kickoff the season tonight at 7 p.m.

MDCC hits the road twice to start 2018

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By Bryan Davis/The Enterprise-Tocsin

Mississippi Delta Community College will be on the road the first two weeks of the football season, and Trojan Head Coach Jeff Tatum is just fine with that. 

Tatum said he wants his kids focused on football when the season starts, and while it’s nice to play a home date to kickoff, traveling to Gulf Coast Community College might provide the buffer they need to keep that focus. 

“The first two games being on the road is to our advantage is the way we see it,” Tatum said. 

Tatum’s Trojans will be battling an always tough community college schedule in Mississippi, that includes opponents from some of the strongest programs in the country. 

With 18 sophomores and 37 freshmen, he’s looking for any advantage he can get. 

He also hopes that ratio will translate into success in the years to come. 

“We’re going to be young again,” Tatum said. “I try not to get into that cycle where you have about 25 sophomores and 30 freshmen…Those guys are going to have to grow up early, especially on defense.” 

Tatum is hoping the addition of a new defensive coordinator, Michael Turner, will bring new enthusiasm and aggressiveness to that side of the ball. 

“I think (fans) are going to see a very aggressive team,” Tatum said. “They’re going to see some guys who are going to make mistakes, but they’re gonna make them full speed.” 

After playing Gulf Coast on Aug. 30, MDCC will head to Turner’s most recent team, Hinds Community College on Sept. 6. Hinds is coming off a 6-3 2017 campaign. 

On Sept. 13, MDCC will host its first game of the season, taking on Northwest Community College, one of the stronger programs in the state, Tatum said. 

After that, it is off to Scooba to play the infamously strong East Mississippi Community College program. Turner also coached under Buddy Stephens at EMCC earlier in his career. 

The Trojans return to Moorhead for a Sept. 27 matchup against Coahoma, followed by a road game against Northeast the following week in Booneville. 

The final three games will include a home match against Itawamba on Oct. 13, a road game at Goodman against Holmes on Oct. 20 and a final home game against Pearl River on Oct. 27.

“Anytime you play in our league, it’s still going to be pretty tough,” Tatum said. “It’s a typical year in this league.”

For the long haul: New Tatum, Turner tandem building on Trojan legacy
 

Jeff Tatum and Michael Turner have two things in common. They both own national championship rings at the community college level, and they both played – during different years – at Mississippi Delta Community College.

Tatum played in Moorhead from 1980-81, and Turner began his collegiate career in 2008 at MDCC. Tatum, who has been head coach at MDCC for six years, is a native of Frisco City, Ala., and Turner is a local guy, raised in Greenwood and a graduate of Pillow Academy. 

Tatum is hoping the addition of Turner is one of the final pieces in creating a foundation of sustained success for the program. 

“He wants to be here in the Delta,” Tatum said of Turner. “He’s not coming through just for the job and looking for the next one. He’s here for the long haul.” 

Turner said the fact that he and Tatum are so close to the college makes a difference when they are coaching. 

“We’ve been in their shoes,” Turner said. “Where they literally are, we’ve been there.” 

Turner began his playing career at MDCC, and he eventually transferred to Delta State, where he played one year. He thought he had hung up his cletes for good when he transferred to Mississippi State University with the intention of becoming a strength coach. 

“I got talked into playing my final year,” he said. 

He went on to work as a graduate assistant, and he ended up back near Mississippi State as a coach at East Mississippi Community College. That is where he earned his national championship ring. After completing a three-year stint at EMCC, he joined the Hinds Community College staff as a strength coach. 

The first year, Hinds went 2-7, but they improved to 6-3 last year. After his success with Hinds, Turner was recruited by Tatum to join the MDCC staff, and this will be Turner’s first year coaching defense.

Tatum said he knows Turner will make mistakes as a young coach, but he views the upside of his youth and loyalty to the college as a good tradeoff during his first year. 

“We’ll trade the mistakes for the enthusiasm and energy he brings,” Tatum said. 

Tatum said during his first two seasons at MDCC, he did not experience a lot of turnover on his coaching staff, but that changed going into the third year. 

“We started having changes every year for one reason or another,” Tatum said. 

Tatum said that continuity in the coaching staff is one of the important factors when building a championship program. Getting to that championship level is important to Turner, but he said he hopes the players will put more emphasis on “enjoying the journey.” He said the wins will come when they build the chemistry. Tatum said that chemistry is vital to a winning program.

“You can’t describe it,” Tatum said. “You can’t tell anybody what it’s like. You just know it when you see it.” 

Tatum has actually won three championships. Once was in high school, and the other two came at the defensive coordinator position at MDCC (1993) and Georgia Military College (2001).

“After winning that first one, it made me hungry to get back to that same point,” Tatum said. “When you get there, it’s such a great accomplishment, you want everybody to have that same accomplishment. You want them to have that same great feeling that you got to experience.” 

Tatum and Turner will be focused on trying to win ball games during the fall, but their eyes are also set on the future. Tatum said that recruiting is going to be one of the biggest factors in sustained success. 

“We have to do a better job of keeping our local guys at Mississippi Delta Community College,” Tatum said. 

He’s already moving in the right direction by bringing a local guy back to the Delta to coach the next generation of players.

 

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. 23, 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. 23.

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..

Trio of MDCC Baseball standouts earn All-State honors

MOORHEAD - The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans baseball program had a trio of student-athletes named to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State second team recently.

Parker Caston (Cleveland), Dawson Ivey (Clarkdale) and Parker Lane (Columbus) were the MDCC standouts chosen for the prestigious honor.

Caston, a sophomore right-handed pitcher who will continue his academic and athletic career at Delta State University, finished with a 3-1 record with a 4.11 ERA and a 28/17 strikeout/walk ratio in 32.1 innings out of the bullpen. He also earned a save, and later received the program’s Best Pitcher Award.

Ivey, a sophomore infielder who will join Caston next season at DSU, hit .378 with 12 doubles, one triple, two home runs and a team-leading 44 RBI. He also had four stolen bases and a very impressive 31/20 base on balls/strikeout ratio. For his efforts, he was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2018.

Lane, a freshman infielder/designated hitter, had a stellar rookie campaign, hitting .370 with a team-leading 16 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 26 RBI, to go along with two stolen bases. He was chosen as the Best Offensive Player for the 2018 campaign.

Rives announces baseball tryouts

MOORHEAD - The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans are hosting baseball tryouts for 2018 high school graduates on Wednesday, May 9 at 3 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 $25 workout fee.

FULL DETAILS

  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex, Hwy 3 and Cherry Street, Moorhead, MS 38761
  • Check in at 2 p.m.
  • Tryout begins at 3 p.m.
  • Cost - $25 (Checks can be made to “MDCC Baseball” & can be brought the day of)
  • 2018 High School Graduates that have completed their HS seasons
  • 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..

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