23 Mar 2017

Trojans split MACJC doubleheader at Northeast

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. 

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