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.

MDCC gains 14 baseball signees

MOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta Community College welcomed 14 seniors to its 2017 baseball team during the NJCAA signing period.

“We are very excited to add these 14 young men to our program,” says Head Coach Michael Avalon.

“Coach Edmonson has a done tremendous job in the scouting and recruiting of these student-athletes. Not only is the largest group to join our program in January during the past 5 years, but we believe it is the most talented. We look forward to these young men representing our college, our program, themselves and their families during their time at Mississippi Delta Community College. Each of them understand the expectations and responsibilities that comes with being a student-athlete with Trojan Baseball.”

Take a look at the 2016 Trojan Signing Class:

Hunter Allen – LHP, Pearl High School
Clayton Gaines – RHP, Lake Cormorant High School
Will Godfrey – C, New Hope High School
Da’Tavious Hackler - IF, Greenville High School
Clay Hillhouse – IF, Houston High School
Hunter Hughes – LHP, Saltillo High School
Dawson Ivey – IF, Clarkdale Attendance Center
Trey Jones – Desoto Central High School
Blake McKinley – RHP, Ethel High School
Wesley Ross – RHP/IF, Bruce High School
Taylor Shaffer – OF, Yazoo County High School
Channing Tapley – IF/RHP, Hebron Christian
Dylan Usry – RHP, Lake High School
Mason Wilkerson – RHP/C, South Panola High School

The Trojans open its 2016 season with four road games before playing at home on Feb. 20 against Southeast Iowa CC starting at noon.

Mark your calendar for the MDCC Baseball Grand Slam Dinner

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This annual event is great way to meet the 2016 Trojan baseball team pictured above along with its coaches.


The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team would like to invite you to its 5th Annual Grand Slam Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 6th at 6:30 p.m. in the Herman Thigpen Cafeteria on the Moorhead Campus. The guest speaker is former Hinds Community College head baseball coach Rick Clarke.

The dinner provides alumni, fans, family and friends a chance to meet the 2016 Trojans baseball team and coaches before the season opener at Copiah-Lincoln Community College on Feb. 9th. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. 

Clarke is a Forest Hill High School graduate who was the head baseball coach at Magnolia Academy from 1976-82 before becoming the head baseball coach at Hinds CC in Raymond.

During his 22 seasons there, Clarke recorded 565 wins, four MACJC South Division Championships, two MACJC State Championships, four NJCAA Region 23 Championships, four NJCAA District Championships and four NJCAA World Series (1989, 1994, 1995, 1999). Clarke’s 1989 squad is the only MACJC team to ever win a division, state, regional, and district championship and play in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. in the same season.

As of 2005, Clarke’s 22 seasons as head baseball coach marked the longest tenure of any head coach at Hinds and also the longest tenure of any Mississippi community college head baseball coach at that time. He was inducted into the Hinds Community College Sports Hall of Fame on September 26, 2010.

For more information on the Grand Slam Dinner please contact MDCC Head Baseball Coach Michael Avalon at (601) 497-4300. Space is limited so reservations are requested. 

Tre Hobbs Named All-State In Baseball


Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans’ sophomore hurler Tre Hobbs of Greenville has been named to the MACJC All-State Baseball Team for 2015.

The left-handed pitcher/outfielder pitched 63.1 innings in 13 games winning five and losing three while starting 13 games. He gave up 43 runs on 64 hits with 48 strikeouts and 26 walks and ended the season with a 3.979. ERA. He had a .286 batting average with two hits on seven appearances at the plate.

18 May 2015

Trojans Fall To Lions in State Tournament Playoff Series

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans baseball team ended their run in the state playoff series Saturday with a 4-0 loss to East Mississippi Community College Saturday afternoon in Scooba. The loss follows Friday’s 10-1 series opening loss to the Lions.

Saturday’s game was a defensive struggle between the two teams through the first six innings with the Lions managing a 1-0 lead after scoring a single run in the bottom of the third inning. East Mississippi started the bottom of the seventh with a walk followed by a ground out and a flyout before the Lions’ home run leader David Pimentel stepped to the plate and lofted a shot high over the left field wall to make it a 3-0 game. EMCC added an insurance run in the eighth but it wasn’t needed as their pitchers held the Trojans in check all day.

East Mississippi scored four runs on seven hits with one error and left 11 runners stranded. The Trojans had four hits with no errors and left five runners on the base paths. Ty Dean, Jordan Lambert, Tays Hardy and DaShawn Lindsey all had a hit apiece for Mississippi Delta.

Matt Ray went 5.2 innings as the Trojans’ starter giving up one run on four hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Kyle Wilson went 1.1 innings in relief giving up three runs on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks and Tyler Dowdy closed out the game going one inning and giving up one hit.

In Friday’s game the Lions scored 10 runs on 10 hits with no errors and left 11 runners stranded while the Trojans scored one run on six hits with four errors and left eight men on base. Jordan Lambert led the hitting with two hits and an RBI while Ty Dean, Hunter Durham, Will Costinett and Tays Hardy added one hit each.

Tre Hobbs started the game going 6.1 innings and giving up six runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and five walks. Tyler Milligan closed out the game giving up two hits on four runs with two strikeouts and one walk.

The Trojans end the 2015 season with a 20-27 overall record and a 14-16 conference mark. This is the third time in Coach Michael Avalon’s four year tenure at Mississippi Delta that the Trojans have advanced to post-season play.

05 May 2015

Trojans Split With JCJC

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans split a conference double header with the Jones County Junior College Bobcats Thursday night at Delta State University winning the first game 7-4 before being edged 1-0 in game two.

In game one the Bobcats scored one run in the first inning, one in the fourth, and two in the ninth while the Trojans scored three runs in the fourth, one in the sixth and three more in the seventh to take the decision. Jones four runs came off nine hits with no errors and seven runners left on base. Delta’s seven runs came off 12 hits with two errors and nine men left on base.

Caleb Brown led the Trojans with three hits and two RBI’s, while Michael Beloso had one hit and three RBI’s. Dashawn Lindsay added two hits and an RBI and Matt Ray got two hits. Jordan Lambert, Ayreon Davis, Tays Hardy and Demarcus Mahone all had a hit apiece.

Peyton Callahan went nine complete innings on the mound for the Trojans giving up four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and only one walk.

The Bobcats scored the second games’ lone run in the top of the first inning before the game turned into a defensive battle. Jones’ lefty Will Hazen allowed Delta just two hits and three walks and the Trojans left six runners stranded. Matt Rays started for the Trojans going 1.1 innings and giving up one run on two hits. Lee Quates went four complete giving up no hits while striking out five and walking just one batter. Tyler Dowdy closed the game going 1.2 innings with one strikeout.

The split moves the Trojans to 18-21 overall and puts their conference record at 12-10 which is good enough for seventh place in the state. The Bobcats move to 27-11 overall and 14-8 in conference which puts them in fifth place in the state race. The top eight teams will advance to the first round of the state playoffs May 1st and 2nd.

The Trojans have three conference dates remaining. Their next scheduled game is Wednesday against Northeast Community College (5-17 in conference). Then they face No.1-ranked Hinds (16-4) on April 25th and No.3-ranked East Mississippi (15-5) on April 27th.

20 Apr 2015

Trojans Sweep Coahoma

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans swept the Coahoma Community College Tigers in baseball Tuesday at Clarksdale winning game one 8-1 and game two 5-2.

In game one the Trojans opened the game with a two run first inning. They added one run in the fourth, three in the sixth, and finished out the game with s two run ninth inning. The Tigers’ lone run came in the bottom of the third inning.

Mississippi Delta scored eight runs on 12 hits with no errors and left a whopping 14 runners on base. The Tigers scored one run on seven hits with one error and left 10 runners stranded. Matt Dean led Delta at the plate with three hits and two RBIs. He was followed by Ty Dean with three hits and one RBI and Clay LaBeff with two hits and three RBIs. Also getting hits were Jordan Lambert, Ayreon Davis, Will Costinett, and Caleb Brown.

Kyle Wilson took the win on the mound for the Trojans going six innings and giving up just one run on six hits with five strikeouts and only one walk. Tyler Dowdy closed the game giving up just one hit with four strikeouts and one walk.

In game two the Trojans one run in the first inning, two in the second, one in the fifth, and one in the sixth while the Tigers scored their two runs in the bottom of the sixth. MDCC’s five runs came on 10 hits with one error and 11 runners left on base. The Tigers two runs came on just two hits with one error and three men left on base.

Ty Dean and DeShawn Lindsey had two hits each. Matt Ray had one hit and an RBI while drawing two walks in the game. Clay LaBeff, Michael Beloso, Ayreon Davis, Will Costinett, and Caleb Brown all had a hit apiece.

Tre Hobbs took the win throwing a complete game while giving up two runs on two hits with nine strikeouts and three walks.

The Trojans’ overall record improves to 17-20 while their conference record moves to 11-9 which is good enough for seventh place in state as of Wednesday.

The next game for the Trojans, a conference double header against No. 6 Jones Junior College (11-7 conference, 24-10 overall), has been moved to Thursday (from Saturday) and will be played at Delta State University due to the prospect of rain this weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

15 Apr 2015
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