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.


• 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.

Hartman’s walk-off homer leads Trojans to Game Two victory

Jake Hartman (Horn Lake), a sophomore catcher, hit a two-run, walk-off home run to dead centerfield in game two of a doubleheader versus Holmes Community College to help the Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team earn a split with the visiting Bulldogs.

The win moves the Trojans of Mississippi Delta, ranked No. 20 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, to 22-10 overall and 9-5 in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) standings.

Mississippi Delta fell, 20-6, in the opener to Holmes.

The Trojans were trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning in the nightcap on Tuesday, but singles from Kaleb Bell (Houston, Texas) and Will Godfrey (Columbus) and a passed ball from Holmes put runners at second and third for Tyler Jones (Columbus). The freshman second baseman promptly delivered, drilling a single through the box and driving in both runs to tie the game at four apiece.

Hartman would immediately follow Jones’ single with a blast to dead centerfield on a two-strike count to set off a raucous celebration out of the MDCC dugout and earn the split for the Trojans.

Wesley Ross (Bruce) got one out in the top of the seventh inning to earn the win on the mound in relief of Brandon Kessner (Gretna, La.), who threw a solid 6.2 innings to earn the no decision.

The Trojans got three hits apiece from Bell, Hartman and Jones to pace the 14-hit attack in the second game.

In Tuesday’s opener, the Bulldogs of Holmes jumped out to an early lead and never trailed, in spite of 15 hits and six runs from the MDCC offense.

Jones and Nathan Pilutti (Destrehan, La.) each had three hits in the first game to lead the Trojans offensively.

Hunter Allen (Pearl) took the loss on the mound, as the freshman left-hander lasted just one inning.

Mississippi Delta will now host Pearl River Community College on Good Friday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead.

Annual MDCC Sports Hall of Fame Banquet draws near

The Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting seven new members Saturday, April 22 with a banquet and induction ceremony beginning with a social at 4 p.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum.

This year’s inductees include; Edmond Donald - football (1981-83), Scott Caldwell – basketball (1989-91), Tony Hancock - baseball (1990-1992), Amber Rose Stack – basketball and softball (1991-1993), Bryan Singleton - football (1992-1994), Domino Bellipanni – athletic trainer and athletic director (1986-2016). This year’s Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan recipient will be long-time MDCC supporter and former instructor Brenda Grubb.

Joel Henderson will be MDCC’s 2017 inductee into the MACJC Sports Hall of Fame. Henderson played football and baseball for the Trojans from 1967-69.

The annual MDCC Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, April 21 at the Indianola Country Club. The format is a four-man scramble. Tee time is set for 12:15 with lunch being served from 11:15 to noon. The deadline to enter is April 7. The entry fee is $100 per person. See contact information below to register.

Tickets for the banquet and induction ceremony are $20 per person ($10 for children 12 and under) and may be ordered by mail from the MDCC Athletic Director, P.O. Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761. Reservations for the banquet and the golf tournament may be made by calling (662) 246-6478 or (662) 246-6471 or (662) 207-0266.
The deadline for ordering is April 12 and reservations are required to attend. Make checks payable to the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame.

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