Mississippi Delta baseball to host fall showcase

MOORHEAD – The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program is set to host a fall showcase camp on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead. The showcase will get underway at noon.

The showcase camp is designed for players in the 9th-12th grades to get exposure to college coaching staffs expected to be in attendance. The cost of the event is $75.

Each of the players will be seen at their respective position and pitchers, who are dual players, will be allowed to participate at both spots. Campers will be put through a pro-style workout.

Campers will run the 60-yard dash, be tested at their defensive positions, as well hit on the field at Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex. Lunch will not be provided and the camp will be limited to the first 100 applicants.

Pre-registration is highly recommended as spots are filling up quickly. Click here to visit the Trojan Baseball Fall Showcase page for the registration form.

Please download the form and send the completed copy (information form and waiver form) to: Dan Rives, Head Baseball Coach, PO Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761. Make sure to include your $75 in the mailed form and make checks payable to “MDCC Baseball.”

Check-in time and late registration for the showcase event is at 11 a.m. on Sept. 24.

For more information, contact coach Jarrod Parks at 601.502.5968 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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. 

Mississippi Delta baseball to host spring showcase

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program is set to host to a spring showcase camp on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead. The showcase will get underway at noon.

The showcase camp is designed for players in the 9th-12th grades to get exposure for college coaching staffs expected to be in attendance. The cost of the event is $75.

Each of the players will be seen at their respective position and pitchers, who are dual players, will be allowed to participate at both spots. Campers will be put through a pro-style workout.
Campers will run the 60-yard dash, be tested at their defensive positions, as well hit on the field at Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex. Lunch will not be provided and the camp will be limited to the first 100 applicants.

Pre-registration is highly recommended and the form is due by January 17. The pre-registration form can be found by going to www.msdelta.edu and going to “Baseball” and then “Camps.”

Please download the form and send the completed copy (information form and waiver form) to: Dan Rives, Head Baseball Coach, PO Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761. Make sure to include your $75 in the mailed form and make checks payable to “MDCC Baseball.”

Check-in time and late registration for the showcase event is at 11 a.m. on Jan. 22.
For more information, contact coach Jarrod Parks at 601.502.5968 or via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rives joins MDCC as new head baseball coach

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MOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta Community College welcomes Dan Rives as its new head baseball coach. Rives was approved by the MDCC Board of Trustees during its July 14 meeting.

Rives has been the assistant baseball coach at Hinds Community College since 2005 and also served as the college’s sports information director since 2007.

Rives is a Cleveland native and graduated from Cleveland High School. He started his college baseball career at MDCC and played infield for the Trojans.

He went on to play at Delta State University and Mississippi College (MC). He received a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and a minor in health from MC in 2005 and a Masters of Arts with a major in social science from there in 2007.

At Hinds, he was the recruiting coordinator and in charge of strength and conditioning for the program. He also worked with the Eagles’ infielders and assisted with hitters and base runners.

“I’m very excited to come back home. This is home for me and my wife and to be offered the head coaching position at a college I played for is extra special to me,” says Rives.

Rives helped lead Hinds to three Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Championships in 2010, 2012 and 2015.

“It’s great to have Dan on board as our new head baseball coach,” says Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni. It’s always nice to have a former Trojan return as a part our college family and community.”

Rives is married to Andrea Atchley Rives and they have an eight-year-old daughter, Madelyn, and a four-year-old son, Luke.

Rives replaces former head coach Michael Avalon who accepted the head coaching position at Pearl River Community College.

DeJean inducted into MACJC Sports Hall of Fame

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MOORHEAD – Former Mississippi Delta Community College baseball standout Mike DeJean was one of 15 individuals inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame during its 10th annual induction banquet held April 26 at the Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College.

DeJean was Mississippi Delta’s dynamics shortstop under Coach Terry Thompson during the 1989 and ‘90 seasons and helped lead the program to an MACJC State Championship and a NJCAA Region XXIII Championship.

In 1991, he left MDCC and continued his college baseball career at Livingston State University (currently known as the University of West Alabama). In his senior year there, he helped the program reach the Division II College World Series. During the series, he faced two batters and retired both.

Although he played college baseball at the shortstop position, that year the standout was drafted in the 24th round by the New York Yankees and signed to a professional contract as a pitcher.

DeJean was traded to the Colorado Rockies in ’96 and made his professional debut on the mound on May 2, 1997 against the Philadelphia Phillies. During four seasons in Colorado, he went 5-0 with a 3.99 ERA in 55 appearances, mostly as a mid-reliever.

He went also played for the Milwaukee Brewers for two years and achieved success as a closer during the ‘01 and ’02 seasons. In 2002, he recorded 27 saves in 30 appearances.

DeJean then played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Baltimore Orioles then was traded to the New York Mets during the 2004 season. That season he made 16 appearances and recorded 24 strikeouts in 21 innings and tallied a 1.69 ERA.

In 2005, he went back to the Rockies and posted a 3.19 ERA in 38 relief showings. In October of the same year, Colorado resigned DeJean to a one-year contract, but he was injured before playing a game and spent that season rehabbing with the AAA Colorado Springs taking the mound 20 times.

DeJean is currently employed at Videolink Surveillance, LLC and conducts baseball and softball lessons. He also coaches a 13-year-old USSSA baseball team.

He joins the ranks of previously inducted MDCC student-athletes such as Terry Thompson (2015), John Benge (2014), Charles “Chuck” Thomas (2013), James “Wooky” Gray (2012), Benton White (2011), Sam Latham (2010), John Ray Ricks (2009), Jim Randall (2008), Carl Grubb (2008), Bob Clark (2007), Herbert Hargett (2007) and James E. “Jimmy” Bellipanni (2007).

The remaining 14 inductees included: James Washington Sr. (Coahoma CC); Troy C. Greer (Copiah-Lincoln CC); Marcus Thames (East Central CC); Minor Hines (Hinds CC); Mike Kinnison (Holmes CC); Billy Q. Caples (Itawamba CC); Deion Branch (Jones County JC); Sean Covich (Meridian CC); Dr. Thomas L “Tommy” Davis (East Mississippi CC); Connie Winstead-Mackay (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC); Phyllis Stafford Dilworth (Northeast Mississippi CC); Fred Thomas (Northwest Mississippi CC); Jeffery Posey (Pearl River CC); and Charleen Newcomb (Southwest Mississippi CC).

Trojans win, tie with Blue Storm

MOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta (12-3-1) hosted Southwestern Illinois College (7-4-1) on the baseball diamond Saturday in what would end as an interesting doubleheader.

The Trojans would beat the Blue Storm 9-0 in game one. Playing small ball and precision would play a large roll in scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning to set the tone for the game.

Redshirt freshman Austin Ashley would reach on a leadoff single then advance to third on back-to-back sacrifice bunts by Clay LaBeff and Nathan Pilutti, which would bring Jake Hartman to the plate.

Hartman would knock a single up the middle to drive in Ashley and get MDCC on the scoreboard. Wendell Rieves and Ayreon Davis would reach on a single and walk respectfully to load the bases.

Freshman Payton Lane ripped a double to left field to rack up three ribbies and help move the Trojans to a 4-0 lead headed to the top of the third. Head Coach Michael Avalon’s squad would add on to that lead in the bottom of the fourth.

With two outs and no runners on base, Weber Herbison would reach on a walk then advance to second on a hit-by-pitch to Ashley. Both would advance to the next bag on a single to LaBeff, which brought Pilutti to plate with the bases jammed and two outs.

With a 1-1 count, Pilutti hit a tape-measure blast over the left center wall for a grand slam that put the game at 8-0 in the Trojans favor.

MDCC would one more run in the bottom of the six inning to take the 9-0 lead and the victory. Both games were seven innings long.

Peyton White got the start on the mound for the Trojans and went five innings and gave up two hits, two walks, no runs and tallied four strikeouts. Kenny Hinton and Skyler Lawson would each see one inning of relief work today. White improves to 3-0 on the season.

Game two would play out a little differently for both teams. The Blue Storm would strike first in the top of the third by scoring three runs on four hits and a walk. They would add to that lead in the top of the fifth when freshman Ray Adams hit a two-run homer to make it 5-0.

But MDCC would answer in the bottom of the sixth by scoring a pair of runs off a string of hits and a hit-by-pitch to make it a 5-2 ballgame.

In the bottom of the seventh, Pilutti would find a hole in left field to reach on a single and Hartman would follow him on the base path by reaching on a SWIC error. Rieves would smash a long ball over left center field near the scoreboard to tie the game 5-5 to send it to extra innings.

Both teams would struggle to score in the eight and ninth innings. The umpires were forced to call the ballgame after playing nine due to no field lighting and the sun was setting making it hard to play.

Tyler Dowdy started on the mound for MDCC and went 2 2/3 innings giving up six hits, three runs (all earned) and one walk. Tyler Milligan came in and pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief giving up three hits, two runs and recording two strikeouts.

The bullpen was very active in game two, sending Cole Henson and D.J. Stewart in to help their teammates out. Henson threw one inning giving up two hits. Stewart hurled two innings giving up two hits, one walk and earning one strikeout.

The Trojans will play host to Arkansas Baptist on Wednesday, March 9 at 1 p.m.

Baseball Trojans sweep Southwest Tennessee with clutch performances

MEMPHIS – Mississippi Delta (6-0) took two from the Southwest Tennessee CC Saluqis on the baseball diamond Thursday with both ending in 2-1 scores.

The Trojans struck first in game one, scoring in the top of the first inning and again in the third on a groundout by Austin Burdine.

Southwest Tennessee would get one to cross the plate in the bottom of the fourth on a Trojan error.

Pitcher Lee Quates, a sophomore from Carthage, would shut the Saluqis down and in his six innings of work allowing only five hits, two walks recording four strikeouts, which is his season high. He would get the win and improve to 2-0 on the year.

In game two, the Trojans would look to its bats to get the win and thanks to freshmen Payton Lane Nathan Pilutti’s late game clutch hitting, the Trojans would score enough runs to claim a victory.

Pilutti would leg out a double in the top of the six setting the stage for Lane’s two-run homer to plate the pair. Lane went 1-for-2 with one homerun and two RBI during game two.

MDCC’s D.J. Stewart would give up only two hits on the mound to the Saluqis during his 3 2/3 innings of work. He got the win, which is his first of the season.

Southwest TN would score one run in the fourth inning, but could not get enough momentum to rally a comeback.

The Trojans host their first home game today, Saturday, Feb. 20 against Southeastern Iowa CC with doubleheader action starting at noon.

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