26 Apr 2017

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.

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