19 Mar 2014

Trojans Defeat Second Nationally Ranked Team In A Week

For the second time in as many outings the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans have faced a nationally-ranked team and this time they swept the Northwest Community College Rangers, 8-7 and 11-2, Tuesday at Moorhead.

Last Saturday the Trojans split a pair of games with sixth-ranked East Mississippi CC and Tuesday they took two games from the 13th ranked Rangers. More importantly, both teams were North Division foes and the win moves Mississippi Delta to 5-1 in the division race. That’s good enough for at least a tie for first place.

Game one didn’t start well for the Trojans as they gave up three runs on four hits to the Rangers. But, a three run homer by Carson Crites in the bottom of the frame evened the score at 3-all. The Rangers scored three more runs in the fourth inning. This time, the Trojans answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame. This included a two run shot by Brandon Cummins.

Mississippi Delta added the eighth run in the fifth inning and the Rangers scored a final run in the sixth but came up one run short. Right-handed freshman Hunter Vanderburg was the winning pitcher going 3-and-a-third giving up one run on two hits while striking out three and walking one.

Carson Crites was perfect at the plate going 3-3 with four RBI’s. Brandon Cummins had two hits and two RBI’s, while Jason Berry and Colby Manor had a hit each.

While game one didn’t start well for Delta, the first inning of game two was possibly one of the best starts ever for the Trojans who sent 14 batters to the plate and scored 11 runs on six hits and one Ranger error. Included in the scoring frenzy was a two run homer by Jacob Shempert, a two run double by Brandon Cummins, and a two run single by Danny Springer.

The stunned Rangers finally managed one run in the fourth and one in the fifth. The Trojans were held scoreless for the remainder of the game by a total of six Northwest pitchers. Delta’s Lane Williams took the win for the Trojans going two-and-a-third and giving up two hits with one strikeout.

The Trojans scored 11 runs on 12 hits and left six men stranded on base while the Rangers scored two runs on three hits and also left six runners on the base paths.

The wins push the Trojans to 14-8 overall. They will travel to Fulton Saturday to take on North foe Itawamba Community College with game one beginning at 3 p.m.

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