Hartman’s walk-off homer leads Trojans to Game Two victory

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.

Annual MDCC Sports Hall of Fame Banquet draws near

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.

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. 

MDCC to hold second football tryout

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.

Lady Trojans notch 81-75 win over Coahoma

MDCC Lady Trojans defeated the Tigers of Coahoma Community College Monday at J.T. Hall Coliseum by a score of 81-75.

The hard fought contest left CCC playing catch up for most of the first half after the Lady Trojans jumped on top and scored 10 unanswered points.

Head Coach Burnadette McDonald’s team would battle against the Tigers to carry the lead until 2:00 minutes left in the first half when CCC went ahead 37-35.

The Lady Tigers would go to the locker room up 39-37.

Down by two coming back from the break, the Lady Trojans would step it up a notch and challenge the Tigers in the second half forcing turnovers and turning them into scoring drives.

The Lady Trojans would regain the lead half way through the third period of play carry it through to the end.

CCC continually chipped away by adding points on the board, but could never quite catch the Lady Trojans.

Freshman guard Alexis Augustus would score a game and career high 28 points on the night and pull down six rebounds.

Sophomore forward O’Nesha Hunt would help in the score department by racking up 14 points, two rebounds and two assists.

Other scorers for the Lady Trojans were India Sims (8 pts.), Asiah Ward (7 pts.), Ariana Sims (7 pts.), Markeita Morris (4 pts.), Cora Cooley (2 pts.) and Madisyn Collie (1 pts.).

With the win, the Lady Trojans improve to 2-13 (1-5) on the season.

They travel to Goodman Monday night to play against the Bulldogs of Holmes Community College. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Trojans take down Tigers 90-73 in rivalry game

Mississippi Delta battled against the Tigers of Coahoma Community College Monday in an anticipated rivalry match-up at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

CCC took the lead for the first 4:19 of the game before the Trojans took control and ran away with the contest.

In the first half, MDCC would steadily add to their lead by staying poised and not giving up turnovers.

MDCC would out score CCC by 23 points and go to the break with a 48-25 lead. The Trojans would go up 66-35, which was the biggest lead they had in the contest, with 13:13 left to play in the ballgame.

The Trojans wore the Tigers down by utilizing their size under the basket and constantly challenging their post players.

Head Coach Derrick Fears’ squad would add a win to its record with a final score of 90-73.

On the game, MDCC shot 51 percent from the field, 24 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the charity stripe. The Trojans were perfect from the free throw line in the first half sinking 6-of-6.

Sophomore centers Michael Sission and Xavier Appleberry along with freshman point guard Queshod Young were big factors on the night with all three scoring 15 points for the Trojans.

Sission’s other stats tallied eight rebounds with two assists. Young had three rebounds with six assists while Appleberry brought down nine rebounds on the night.

Other scorers were freshman forward James Jones and sophomore guard Jabarie Escoffery with 14 and 12 points respectfully.

The win improves the Trojans record to 8-9 (3-3) on the season. 

The Trojans travel to Goodman Monday night to face Holmes Community College with tipoff slated for 8 p.m.

Trojans announce 2017 baseball schedule

Head Coach Dan Rives and company will open the 2017 campaign on the road Feb. 10 in Millington, Tenn. with a double header against Dyersburg State Community College in game one and Lincoln Trail College in game two.

The Trojans will compete in eight straight games on the road before playing host to Southwest Tennessee Community College on Feb. 25 at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex on the Moorhead campus.

Rives is in his first year at MDCC and eager to show what his Trojans bring to the table against the rest of the MACJC.

“We are very excited about getting the 2017 season underway. Our players and coaching staff have worked extremely hard to this point and are looking forward to playing a challenging slate,” says Rives.

“I hope our community and surrounding areas will support these young men by coming out and watching them play.”

The Trojans open conference play at Northeast Mississippi Community College on March 22 in Boonville.

Home games include: Southwest Tennessee Community College, Arkansas Baptist College, Southwest Mississippi Community College, East Mississippi Community College, Holmes Community College, Pearl River Community College, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Jones County Junior College and Hinds Community College.

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

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