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.

Three PTK students recognized state-wide

  • Wednesday, 26 April 2017 05:05

Three MDCC students were honored at the state level for their involvement in Phi Theta Kappa. Molly Upchurch, a member of the Zeta Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the Moorhead campus, was selected for the Mississippi All-American Second Team. She received a $1,000 scholarship along with this award.

Hayden Williams and Jeremy Govan, members of the Beta Rho Omicron chapter on the GHEC campus, were also recipients of the All-Mississippi Academic team scholarships. Williams was selected to the 2017 First Team and received a $2,000 scholarship, and Govan was selected for Second Team honors and received a $1,500 scholarship, which are the top two honors given. Governor Phil Bryant addressed all the honorees, their parents, advisors, and school administrators during the awards luncheon.

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team split a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) home doubleheader versus Northwest Community College on Wednesday afternoon in Moorhead.

The Trojans won game one over Northwest, 6-5, before falling 4-1 in the nightcap. The two-game split puts Delta at 23-13 overall and 10-8 in the MACJC with 10 conference games remaining in the regular season.

Hunter Allen (Pearl) was the winner on the hill in the opener, battling through an early 5-0 deficit and twirling seven innings, including five straight shutout innings from the third inning on. Wesley Ross (Bruce) threw the final two scoreless innings to earn the save.

Jake Hartman (Horn Lake) and Wendell Rieves (Crawford) each hit two-run home runs to lead the Delta offense and each finished with two hits in game one. Payton Lane (Columbus) led all hitters with three hits and an RBI in the first game.

In game two, the Trojans picked up seven hits, including two from both Rieves and Kaleb Bell (Houston, Texas), but it was not enough, as the Rangers came away with a split and a 4-1 win.

Brandon Kessner (Gretna, La.) was the tough-luck loser on the mound, despite throwing 5.1 innings and only allowing three earned runs to cross the plate.

Mississippi Delta was scheduled to host No. 1 ranked Jones County Junior College on Saturday, but due to heavy rains in the forecast, the Trojans and Bobcats will now play at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead.

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.

The Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting seven new members Saturday, April 22 with a banquet and induction ceremony beginning with a social at 4 p.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum.

This year’s inductees include; Edmond Donald - football (1981-83), Scott Caldwell – basketball (1989-91), Tony Hancock - baseball (1990-1992), Amber Rose Stack – basketball and softball (1991-1993), Bryan Singleton - football (1992-1994), Domino Bellipanni – athletic trainer and athletic director (1986-2016). This year’s Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan recipient will be long-time MDCC supporter and former instructor Brenda Grubb.

Joel Henderson will be MDCC’s 2017 inductee into the MACJC Sports Hall of Fame. Henderson played football and baseball for the Trojans from 1967-69.

The annual MDCC Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, April 21 at the Indianola Country Club. The format is a four-man scramble. Tee time is set for 12:15 with lunch being served from 11:15 to noon. The deadline to enter is April 7. The entry fee is $100 per person. See contact information below to register.

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 for the banquet and the golf tournament may be made by calling (662) 246-6478 or (662) 246-6471 or (662) 207-0266.
The deadline for ordering is April 12 and reservations are required to attend. Make checks payable to the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame.

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team hit two late-inning home runs against Northeast Community College in game one on Wednesday afternoon in Booneville to split the opening Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) doubleheader for the Trojans.

Mississippi Delta won game one, 10-8, before falling, 3-1, in the nightcap. The split moved the Trojans overall record to 14-6 overall and 1-1 in the MACJC, while Northeast moved to 9-11 overall and 2-2 in the MACJC.
 
The Trojans jumped out to a 7-1 lead before falling behind 8-7, but a solo shot from Channing Tapley (Houston) tied it up in the eighth inning, and a two-run home run from Jake Hartman (Horn Lake) proved to be the game winner in the top of the ninth inning.

Trey Jones (Olive Branch) earned his first collegiate win on the mound in the opener to move to 1-0, while Brendan Painter (Hernando) earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Hartman led the Trojans offensively in game one with two hits and three RBI, and was helped out by two hits each from Kaleb Bell (Houston, Texas), Tyler Jones and Payton Lane (both of Columbus) and Tapley.

In the second game, starter Dawson Ivey (Meridian) had the rarity of taking a loss despite not giving up a hit. The freshman right-hander went five innings and did not allow a hit, but allowed two baserunners to reach in the bottom of the sixth inning before turning things over to Wesley Ross (Bruce).

The first hit of the ballgame for the Tigers was a three-run home run from Josh Stillman to move it to a 3-1 ballgame and eventual Northeast victory.

Tyler Jones was the lone Trojan with multiple hits, as he collected two hits in the nightcap and four hits on the day.

Mississippi Delta will now host Southwest Community College on Friday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead. The date was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was moved up due to heavy rain in the forecast for Saturday. 

MDCC summer orientations help you Dream Big

  • Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:41

Mississippi Delta will be humming with new students this fall at orientation where they can Dream Big. Plan Well. Be Anything. All career, technical and health science majors will have orientation Tuesday, June 20 at 10 a.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum.
All academic majors will have orientation on Thursday, June 22 at 10 a.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum. If you have not registered for orientation, visit orientation.msdelta.edu to do so.
The June sessions are for the Moorhead campus only. The Greenville Higher Education Center (GHEC) and Greenwood Center will hold orientations in July.
MDCC offers a variety of academic, career, technical and health science programs. For more information, visit www.msdelta.edu or call (662) 246-MDCC.

MDCC to hold second football tryout

  • Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:37

Mississippi Delta will hold its second football tryout March 29 on its Moorhead campus. Registration is from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. in J.T. Hall Coliseum.
Testing will occur both indoors and outdoors with weather permitting. Participants should bring both cleats and tennis shoes. Testing may include but is not limited to height and weight measurements, pro agility (20-yard shuttle), 40-yard dash, standing broad jump, bench press and positional drills.

Fresh Check Day at MDCC approaches

  • Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:37

Mississippi Delta Community College will hold its first Fresh Check Day on March 29 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Trojan Grove next to the Vandiver Student Union on its Moorhead campus.

Fresh Check Day is a program created by the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF). It is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and groups, free food, entertainment and exciting giveaways.

Fresh Check Day aims to create an approachable atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and helps to build a bridge between students and the mental health resources available.

“The foundation works closely with universities and colleges to plan and fund Fresh Check Day in an effort to bring awareness of mental health resources and coping strategies to college campuses. Mississippi Delta Community College is extremely excited to partner with The Jordan Porco Foundation to bring awareness to our college community about mental health,” says MDCC Vice President of Student Services Edward Rice II.

The event will have free ice cream, entertainment, and exciting prizes and giveaways. MDCC would like to thank Mitchell Distributing and Double Quick for their involvement with the event.

Trojan cheerleader tryouts draw near

  • Wednesday, 08 March 2017 20:40

Mississippi Delta will hold a cheer clinic March 22-23 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Moorhead campus in J.T. Hall Coliseum. The clinic is open to female and male participants and attendance is mandatory to be eligible for tryouts.
Tryouts will be held Friday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. in J.T. Hall Coliseum. Cheer scholarships to pay for tuition and room and board fees are available for those who qualify.
For more information, contact Dawn Tatum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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