The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team has split three consecutive Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) doubleheaders after Wednesday’s double dip split with Meridian Community College in Moorhead.

The Trojans won game one, 12-11, in thrilling fashion, before falling 14-12 in the nightcap. MDCC trailed 11-8 heading into the ninth inning of game one, but a furious rally was capped off by a Will Godfrey (Columbus) walk-off double that plated two runs for the victory.

Mississippi Delta got 16 hits in the opener, led by Michael Allen (Canton), Godfrey, Dawson Ivey (Clarkdale), Tyler Jones (Columbus) and Dalton Lambre (Cleveland), who all had multiple hits apiece. Parker Caston (Cleveland) was fantastic in relief, allowing only three hits and one run over four innings, as well as picking up five strikeouts and walking only one to pick up the win in relief.

Despite an 8-run deficit in the fourth inning of game two, MDCC fought all the way back to tie the game at 12, before allowing two runs to cross late in the contest and allow MCC to come away with the 14-12 win. Jones and Matt McCurley (Brandon) each came through with two hits in the nightcap.

MDCC played East Central Community College on Saturday, March 31, and much like Wednesday’s games, won the first game and lost the second one. The Trojans claimed a 6-5 victory in game one on the strength of the pitching from Logan Clark (Cleveland), who went six innings and allowed only three runs to score to improve to 3-0 on the season. Carson Forrester (Columbus) earned his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning. Lambre led the way offensively with two hits.

Mississippi Delta traveled to Scooba to face East Mississippi Community College on Tuesday, March 27, and after winning 13-6 in game one, fell to the home standing Lions, 11-10, in the second contest.

Trey Jones (Olive Branch) earned the win on the hill in game one after finishing with nine strikeouts. Forrester recorded the last nine outs to earn the old-fashioned save.

Ivey and Lambre each had two hits to pace the offensive attack.

The Lions of East Miss mounted a furious rally in the second game to earn the split, but not before the Trojans made it a dogfight and took a two-run lead into the eighth inning. MDCC had 14 hits in the affair, as Allen, Godfrey, Lambre and Markarius Lee (Nesbit) each had two hits.

MDCC was scheduled to host Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Moorhead, but due to the impending heavy rain forecasted for the Delta region on Friday and Saturday, the games were moved to Sunday at 1 p.m. in Moorhead. 

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

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team opens Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) conference play on Wednesday when the Trojans welcome Northeast Mississippi Community College to Moorhead at 1 p.m.

Mississippi Delta currently sits at 8-8 overall after a week of Spring Break action that saw the Trojans go 2-2 on the week. MDCC defeated Rhodes College, 12-3 and 6-4, in a road doubleheader in Memphis on Wednesday. The Trojans then played the first two home games of the 2018 season on Thursday, hosting Southeastern (Iowa) Community College, but MDCC was not able to come away with a victory. Delta lost game one, 4-3, and game two, 7-1.

In game one against Rhodes, the Trojans were led on the hill by Trey Jones (Olive Branch) and Parker Caston (Cleveland), who got the win and the save on the mound, respectively. Jones went the first four innings before turning it over to Caston for the final nine outs.

MDCC was led on the offensive end by Parker Lane (Columbus), who had three hits and two RBI, as well as Dawson Ivey (Clarkdale), Tyler Jones (Columbus), Markarius Lee (Nesbit) and Devontae Rhodes (Greenville), who each had two hits in the opener. Ivey also led the way with four RBI.

Logan Clark (Cleveland) was the star of Wednesday’s nightcap versus Rhodes, as the freshman left-hander went six innings and allowed only two earned runs to move to 2-0 on the season. Brendan Painter (Hernando) earned his second save of the season after throwing a scoreless seventh inning.

Tyler Jones and Ty Riche (Brandon) each had two hits to pace the MDCC offense.

In Thursday’s home opener versus Southeastern, the Trojans could not offer up enough offensive support to get Korey Bell (Brentwood, Tenn.) the victory on the mound, as the hulking right-hander went six innings and allowed only two runs to cross, after striking out seven batters and allowing only one walk. Painter threw the seventh inning and allowed two runs to cross, thus taking the loss on the hill to fall to 0-2.

Rhodes led the way on offense in game two versus Southeastern, as the freshman outfielder/pitcher had two hits in the nightcap. Carson Forrester (Columbus) took the loss on the hill after starting the contest.

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

MDCC baseball fighting through weather

  • Wednesday, 07 March 2018 13:45

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program currently sits at 6-4 overall after battling with Mother Nature for most of the early part of the 2018 campaign.

The Trojans recently won one game and lost the other in a split doubleheader with Enterprise (Ala.) Community College and East Central Community College, respectively, on Saturday in Decatur. MDCC beat Enterprise in walk-off fashion in the nightcap, 4-3, after falling in the opener to EC, 8-4.

Carson Forrester (Columbus) earned the win on the mound in game two after going all seven innings and allowing only three runs to cross the plate. Tyler Jones (Columbus) scored the game-winning run on a passed ball, and Markarius Lee (Nesbit) was the offensive leader after collecting two hits.

In Saturday’s opener versus the home standing Warriors of East Central, it was Jones who led the way offensively, as the sophomore infielder/outfielder had three hits for MDCC. His offensive output alone was not enough to get Korey Bell (Brentwood, Tenn.) the victory on the mound, however, despite the redshirt freshman going seven innings and allowing only two earned runs to cross. Bell picked up the no-decision on the hill, while Trey Jones (Olive Branch) took the loss.

Mississippi Delta was scheduled to play on the road at Bevill State (Ala.) Community College on Tuesday, but the games were rained out, so the Trojans are still on the lookout for possible games on Thursday.

Regardless of if MDCC plays on Thursday or not, the Trojans will play another split doubleheader on Friday in Senatobia against Coahoma Community College at 11 a.m. and Northwest Community College at 2 p.m.

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

Trojans baseball off to hot start in 2018

  • Monday, 19 February 2018 09:35

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.

Rives announces 2018 baseball slate

  • Monday, 04 December 2017 10:43

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.

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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..

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..

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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.

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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

  • Monday, 07 March 2016 08:41

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.

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