Trojans baseball off to hot start in 2018

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team has gotten the 2018 campaign off on the right foot in the early going, as the Trojans sit at 5-1 after the first six games of the season.

The Trojans opened the season on Friday, Feb. 9 in Millington, Tenn., against Volunteer State Community College, and Delta opened up the bats in a big way with 25 hits in the doubleheader. MDCC claimed game one, 13-8, before winning game two, 6-4.

On Valentine's Day, Delta traveled to Jackson to face Millsaps College (JV) and came away with a 5-2 victory in game one and an 8-0 win in the nightcap.

Most recently, Mississippi Delta is coming off a two-game split at Meridian Community College on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans won game one, 9-4, before falling 9-8 in game two.

In the season opener on Feb. 9, it was Matt McCurley (Brandon) that provided the opening punch, as the freshman first baseman went 5-5 with a home run and four RBI, while teammates Dawson Ivey (Clarkdale), Tyler Jones and Parker Lane (both of Columbus) each added three hits.

Wesley Ross (Houlka) earned the win on the mound in relief to move to 1-0.

Dalton Lambre (Cleveland) and Markarius Lee (Nesbit) were the offensive leaders in the season's second game, as the duo each had two hits in the Opening Day nightcap.

Parker Caston (Cleveland) got the game two victory on the mound, as the right-hander threw 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball before turning things over to Brendan Painter (Hernando), who got his first save of the season.

In the opener against Millsaps on Valentine's Day, it was McCurley and Devontae Rhodes (Greenville) that were the heavy hitters, as each Trojan picked up three hits in the first game.

Rhodes also earned the victory on the mound, as the freshman righty threw four innings and allowed only one run to cross the plate. Ross tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn his first save.

Ivey got two hits to pace the offense in game two against the Majors, but the story of the nightcap was Logan Clark (Cleveland), who threw four shutout innings in his collegiate debut and struck out seven hitters while not allowing a single hit. The freshman left-hander is now 1-0 on the season.

On Saturday at Meridian, the Trojans broke out the bats in game one by scoring nine runs and collecting 16 hits, led by three hits apiece from Lane and Lee, as well as two knocks from Cade Blanchard (Prairieville, La.), Will Godfrey (Columbus) and Jones.

Trey Jones (Southaven) earned the win on the mound in game one against the Eagles, moving to 1-0 on the year, before turning the ball over to Carson Forrester (Columbus), who was outstanding in relief. The imposing right-hander tossed three scoreless innings to earn his first collegiate save.

Despite scoring eight runs and picking up nine hits in the second game on Saturday, the Trojans were unable to hold a 7-2 lead heading into the sixth inning and came away with their first loss of the 2018 campaign.

Ivey, Lane and Lee all had two hits in the nightcap versus Meridian.

Painter took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year.

Mississippi Delta will now host Mineral Area (Mo.) Community College on Friday in a 12 p.m. doubleheader at Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead. The Trojans will turn around and play Mineral Area in a noon doubleheader on Saturday, but with heavy rains expected throughout the Delta, the schedule may be altered.

Please stay tuned to the Trojans official baseball Twitter feed, @trojanbb, for schedule updates.

Grinstead releases 2018 softball schedule

MOORHEAD – Head Coach Brad Grinstead and the Mississippi Delta Community College softball program will open the lid on its 2018 campaign on the road in Holly Springs on Friday, Feb. 2 with a double header against Rust College.

Grinstead is enthusiastic about his first season as the Lady Trojans’ new skipper and is ready to see his team in action after Christmas.

“I’m excited about what challenges we will face this spring, as we have some very talented and respected programs we will play throughout the season. I am looking forward to hitting the field and showing what our team and program is about,” says Grinstead.

“This spring will be the start of a new tradition here at MDCC, and we are excited about what the future holds.”

Home games include: Holmes Community College, Hinds Community College, Meridian Community College, Coahoma Community College, Jones County Junior College, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Northwest Mississippi Community College and Pearl River Community College.

Be sure to check our website, www.msdelta.edu, or follow the Lady Trojans on Twitter (@MDCCSB) for information on video streaming home and away games.

Rives announces 2018 baseball slate

Head Coach Dan Rives and the Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program will begin the 2018 campaign on the road in Millington, Tenn. on Friday, Feb. 9 with a double header against Lincoln Trail (Ill.) College in game one and Dyersburg State (Tenn.) Community College in game two.

The Trojans, coming off a 29-19 season in Rives’ inaugural season in 2017, will compete in six consecutive games on the road before playing host to Mineral Area (Mo.) College on Feb. 23 at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex on the Moorhead campus.

“Our young men can’t wait to get the 2018 season going. Our entire program has put forth a tremendous amount of effort until now and are excited about playing such a tough schedule,” says Rives.

“I challenge our community and region to support our student-athletes by coming to see them play.”

The Trojans open conference play at home versus Northeast Mississippi Community College on March 21 in Moorhead.

Home games include: Mineral Area College, Rend Lake College, Bevill State Community College, Southeast Iowa Community College, Northeast Community College, East Central Community College, Meridian Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Itawamba Community College, Coahoma Community College and Co-Lin Community College.

Be sure to check our website, www.msdelta.edu, or follow Trojan Baseball on Twitter (@trojanbb) for information on video streaming home and away games.

Mississippi Delta baseball to host spring showcase

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MOORHEAD – The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program is set to host a spring showcase camp on Sunday, Jan. 28 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 as 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 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 Jan. 28.

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..

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..

Grinstead named new MDCC softball skipper

Brad GrinsteadMississippi Delta Community College welcomes Brad Grinstead as its new head softball coach. Grinstead was approved by the MDCC Board of Trustees during its August 10 meeting.

He has been the assistant softball coach at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas since 2014. Under his leadership, the program set single season win records during the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. Lyon is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). During the 2015 season, the team finished second in the American Midwest Conference.

From 2010 to 2013, Grinstead was the assistant softball coach at Hendrix College, which is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III school in Conway, Arkansas.

At Lyon and Hendrix, he was responsible for developing daily practice schedules and game plans along with recruiting and implementing strength and conditioning workouts.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead the program,” says Grinstead. I’m looking forward to our first game and bringing a championship program to Mississippi Delta.”

Grinstead is a Colorado native and graduated from Moffat County High School in Craig, Colorado. He played college baseball at Hendrix College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2011.

“It’s great to have Brad here as the new head softball coach,” says Athletic Director Jeff Tatum. He has hit the ground running from day one, and we’re excited to add him to the athletic department.”

Grinstead replaces former head coach Chris Watford who accepted the head softball coaching position at Washington School.

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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