12 Apr 2017

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.

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