About 200 family, friends, and classmates were on hand Saturday night to honor the 2015 inductees of the Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame during their induction ceremony and banquet. They are (l. to r.) Gail Mullen Sims and Michelle Mullen of Leland, Matthew Duff of Olive Branch, Chuck Edwards of Greenville, and Mac Sheffield of Moorhead.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans baseball team ended their run in the state playoff series Saturday with a 4-0 loss to East Mississippi Community College Saturday afternoon in Scooba. The loss follows Friday’s 10-1 series opening loss to the Lions.
Saturday’s game was a defensive struggle between the two teams through the first six innings with the Lions managing a 1-0 lead after scoring a single run in the bottom of the third inning. East Mississippi started the bottom of the seventh with a walk followed by a ground out and a flyout before the Lions’ home run leader David Pimentel stepped to the plate and lofted a shot high over the left field wall to make it a 3-0 game. EMCC added an insurance run in the eighth but it wasn’t needed as their pitchers held the Trojans in check all day.
East Mississippi scored four runs on seven hits with one error and left 11 runners stranded. The Trojans had four hits with no errors and left five runners on the base paths. Ty Dean, Jordan Lambert, Tays Hardy and DaShawn Lindsey all had a hit apiece for Mississippi Delta.
Matt Ray went 5.2 innings as the Trojans’ starter giving up one run on four hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Kyle Wilson went 1.1 innings in relief giving up three runs on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks and Tyler Dowdy closed out the game going one inning and giving up one hit.
In Friday’s game the Lions scored 10 runs on 10 hits with no errors and left 11 runners stranded while the Trojans scored one run on six hits with four errors and left eight men on base. Jordan Lambert led the hitting with two hits and an RBI while Ty Dean, Hunter Durham, Will Costinett and Tays Hardy added one hit each.
Tre Hobbs started the game going 6.1 innings and giving up six runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and five walks. Tyler Milligan closed out the game giving up two hits on four runs with two strikeouts and one walk.
The Trojans end the 2015 season with a 20-27 overall record and a 14-16 conference mark. This is the third time in Coach Michael Avalon’s four year tenure at Mississippi Delta that the Trojans have advanced to post-season play.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans split a conference double header with the Jones County Junior College Bobcats Thursday night at Delta State University winning the first game 7-4 before being edged 1-0 in game two.
In game one the Bobcats scored one run in the first inning, one in the fourth, and two in the ninth while the Trojans scored three runs in the fourth, one in the sixth and three more in the seventh to take the decision. Jones four runs came off nine hits with no errors and seven runners left on base. Delta’s seven runs came off 12 hits with two errors and nine men left on base.
Caleb Brown led the Trojans with three hits and two RBI’s, while Michael Beloso had one hit and three RBI’s. Dashawn Lindsay added two hits and an RBI and Matt Ray got two hits. Jordan Lambert, Ayreon Davis, Tays Hardy and Demarcus Mahone all had a hit apiece.
Peyton Callahan went nine complete innings on the mound for the Trojans giving up four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and only one walk.
The Bobcats scored the second games’ lone run in the top of the first inning before the game turned into a defensive battle. Jones’ lefty Will Hazen allowed Delta just two hits and three walks and the Trojans left six runners stranded. Matt Rays started for the Trojans going 1.1 innings and giving up one run on two hits. Lee Quates went four complete giving up no hits while striking out five and walking just one batter. Tyler Dowdy closed the game going 1.2 innings with one strikeout.
The split moves the Trojans to 18-21 overall and puts their conference record at 12-10 which is good enough for seventh place in the state. The Bobcats move to 27-11 overall and 14-8 in conference which puts them in fifth place in the state race. The top eight teams will advance to the first round of the state playoffs May 1st and 2nd.
The Trojans have three conference dates remaining. Their next scheduled game is Wednesday against Northeast Community College (5-17 in conference). Then they face No.1-ranked Hinds (16-4) on April 25th and No.3-ranked East Mississippi (15-5) on April 27th.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans swept the Coahoma Community College Tigers in baseball Tuesday at Clarksdale winning game one 8-1 and game two 5-2.
In game one the Trojans opened the game with a two run first inning. They added one run in the fourth, three in the sixth, and finished out the game with s two run ninth inning. The Tigers’ lone run came in the bottom of the third inning.
Mississippi Delta scored eight runs on 12 hits with no errors and left a whopping 14 runners on base. The Tigers scored one run on seven hits with one error and left 10 runners stranded. Matt Dean led Delta at the plate with three hits and two RBIs. He was followed by Ty Dean with three hits and one RBI and Clay LaBeff with two hits and three RBIs. Also getting hits were Jordan Lambert, Ayreon Davis, Will Costinett, and Caleb Brown.
Kyle Wilson took the win on the mound for the Trojans going six innings and giving up just one run on six hits with five strikeouts and only one walk. Tyler Dowdy closed the game giving up just one hit with four strikeouts and one walk.
In game two the Trojans one run in the first inning, two in the second, one in the fifth, and one in the sixth while the Tigers scored their two runs in the bottom of the sixth. MDCC’s five runs came on 10 hits with one error and 11 runners left on base. The Tigers two runs came on just two hits with one error and three men left on base.
Ty Dean and DeShawn Lindsey had two hits each. Matt Ray had one hit and an RBI while drawing two walks in the game. Clay LaBeff, Michael Beloso, Ayreon Davis, Will Costinett, and Caleb Brown all had a hit apiece.
Tre Hobbs took the win throwing a complete game while giving up two runs on two hits with nine strikeouts and three walks.
The Trojans’ overall record improves to 17-20 while their conference record moves to 11-9 which is good enough for seventh place in state as of Wednesday.
The next game for the Trojans, a conference double header against No. 6 Jones Junior College (11-7 conference, 24-10 overall), has been moved to Thursday (from Saturday) and will be played at Delta State University due to the prospect of rain this weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Memorial Golf Tournament (4-man scramble) will be held Friday, April 24, at the Indianola Country Club.
Lunch will be provided from 11:15 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Tee time will be 12:15 p.m. The tax-deductible $100 donation will include green fee and lunch in the Country Club’s dining room.
MDCC Head Football Coach Jeff Tatum will be organizing the tournament. He can be reached at 620-640-6049 or 662-246-6477. Additional information or sign up info can also be obtained by calling the MDCC Athletic Department at 246-6478.
Money donated to the tournament will go to support the MDCC Athletic Department in memory of former coaches J.D. Stonestreet, Jim Randall, Jimmy Bellipanni, and James “Wooky” Gray.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting six new members Saturday, April 25th, with a banquet and induction ceremony beginning with a reception at 5 p.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum.
This year’s athletes include; Hal Bridges - football (1966-1968), Chuck Edwards – basketball (1976-1978), Michelle Mullen - softball (1990-1992), Gail Mullen Sims - Softball (1990-1992), and Matthew Duff - baseball (1993-1995). This year’s Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan recipient will be long-time MDCC maintenance technician and Moorhead native Mac Sheffield.
Matthew Duff, former Major League pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, is now and outdoor personality and the co-host of the television show Major League Bowhunter on the Sportsman Channel along with former major league standouts Jeff Danker and Chipper Jones. Other TV shows Duff has hosted include Buck Commander and Friends of the NRA with his wife, world-wide women's shooting champion, Jessie Duff.
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 may be made by calling 662-246-6478 or 246-6471 or 662-207-0266. The deadline for ordering is April 20th and reservations are required to attend. Make checks payable to the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans split a conference double header with Pearl River Community College Saturday at Moorhead with the Wildcats winning game one 12-2 and the Trojans taking game two 3-1.
In game one the first inning ended in a 1-1 tie before the Wildcats jumped on MDCC’s pitching scoring four runs in the fourth inning on a grand slam homer. The Trojans answered with another run in the bottom of the second and that would be it for the day. Pearl River added one run each in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings and then piled on four more to end the game in the eighth.
The Wildcats scored 12 runs on 14 hits and left 11 runners stranded on base. The Trojans two runs came on four hits with four runners left on base.
In game two the Wildcats again scored one run, a solo homer on the first pitch of the game, but that would be it offensively for Pearl River. The Trojans answered with a run in the bottom of the second and then scored two more runs in the third to earn the split.
Pearl River scored one run on four hits with eight runners left on base while the Trojans scored three runs on seven hits and left five runners stranded.
The split brings Mississippi Delta’s overall record to 15-20 and evens their conference record at 9-9 while the Wildcats moved to 10-26 overall and 4-16 in conference play.
The Trojans’ next action is scheduled for Tuesday at Clarksdale against Coahoma Community College. Game one is set to begin at 1 p.m.