25 May 2017

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.

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