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Sunday

MCC Drops Series Finale To Delgado

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Eagles entered its game Sunday afternoon needing a victory to try and avoid a three-game series sweep at the hands of Delgado, but the Eagles fell just short.

Delgado smashed two home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete the sweep over Meridian by a final score of 4-2.

MCC dropped its overall record to 20-19 and 3-5 in Miss-Lou Conference play, while Delgado improved to 30-9 and 5-3 in league play.

Delgado took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Frankie Watts, but the MCC pitching staff would hold the Dolphins in check for the next several innings.

MCC tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the seventh inning on a bunt single by Grant Hill to bring the game back to even, but the Dolphins came up with two big blows in the bottom half of the frame.

Austin Barrios delivered a two-run home run down the right field line with two outs and Chris Eades followed with a solo home run to left field to give the Dolphins a 4-1 lead.

MCC scratched for one run in the top of the ninth inning on a single by Michael Druhan, but Delgado would hold on for the two-run victory.

Kellon Hibbard took the loss out of the bullpen for Meridian by working two innings and allowing three earned runs, to go along with a pair of strikeouts.

Druhan led the Eagles at the plate with a pair of hits, including a double.

MCC will return to action Tuesday afternoon for a single game at Scaggs Field against Alabama Southern which begins at 5 p.m.

The Eagles will then return to Miss-Lou Conference action Friday to open a series on the road at Baton Rouge Community College. The series will begin Friday at 1 p.m. with a doubleheader and conclude Saturday with a single game at 1 p.m.

Delgado Sweeps Away MCC

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Eagles entered play Saturday on the road at Delgado looking to stay in control of first place in the Miss-Lou Conference standings, but things didn't go as planned for the green and white.

Delgado cruised past MCC with a doubleheader sweep (0-10, 1-8) Saturday afternoon in New Orleans to snatch away first place from the Eagles. Delgado improved to 29-9 overall for the season and 4-3 in conference play, while MCC moved its record to 20-18 and 3-4 in league play.

The final game of the three-game series will be played Sunday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.

MCC had no answer for starting pitcher Chase Hymel who nearly tossed a perfect game for the Dolphins. Hymel pitched five shutout innings in the run-rule shortened game and surrendered one hit that came with two outs in the fifth inning.

Kevin Hall managed the only hit in Game One for the Eagles which was a single to break up the perfect game.

Delgado finished Game One with nine hits and put MCC away in the third inning with five runs that gave the Dolphins a 7-0 lead. Delgado scored its first run of the game in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Chris Eades and added a second run in the second inning on an RBI fielder's choice by Cody Freeman.

Delgado scored the five runs in the following inning and two of the runs crossed the plate on fielding errors by Meridian. Troy Lewis collected an RBI in the inning on a sacrifice fly and Bryce Adams added an RBI single for the Dolphins.

Delgado scored three more runs in the fourth inning to secure the run-rule win. Lewis drove  in a pair of runs on a triple and Adams added an RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Freshman Jake Smith suffered the pitching loss in Game One for MCC by working two innings in the start.

Delgado completed the sweep of Meridian by scoring six late runs to secure an 8-1 win. MCC battled Delgado for most of the contest and only trailed 2-1 going to the bottom of the sixth inning, but things changed in a hurry for the Eagles.

Adams gave Delgado some much needed insurance in the sixth inning with a two-run double and Josh Watkins added a two-run double that proved to be the big hits of the frame.

The only run of the game for MCC came in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by Garrett Larosa. MCC finished Game Two with five hits, while Delgado had 12 hits.

Dalton Thomas led the way for the Eagles with a pair of hits, including a double. Mac Seibert, Michael Druhan, and Scott Votaw each added a single in the loss.

Former Clarkdale standout Jonathan Porter took the loss on the mound for the Eagles by working four innings and collecting six strikeouts.

Wednesday

MCC Golf Still Ranked Among Top Teams

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College golf team is fresh off its appearance in the 2014 Red Wolf Classic hosted by Arkansas State University this week and the Eagles are still ranked among the top teams in the nation. MCC is currently ranked 19th among all junior college programs in the country according to the latest release of the Golfstat.com poll.

MCC has been ranked in the top 20 for most of the spring according to Golfstat.com and the Eagles finished 15th among 21 teams in the recent Red Wolf Classic that concluded Tuesday afternoon in Jonesboro, AR. The Eagles were the only junior college program represented among the 21 teams in the field.

MCC is now preparing for the District Tournament which will be played in Athens, GA at the Stonebridge Country Club which will be hosted by Darton College April 14-15. The Eagles will also take part in the MACJC Conference Championship Tournament which is scheduled for the end of the month in Pass Christian, MS which will be hosted by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Tuesday

MCC Golf Finishes Final Round of Red Wolf Classic

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College golf team completed the final round of the 2014 Red Wolf Classic Tuesday afternoon hosted by Arkansas State University by finishing in 15th place among the 21 teams entered in the field.

The Eagles were the only junior college program represented in the field for the two-day event in Jonesboro, AR. MCC finished with a two-day total score of 922 (312-310-300) to finish one stoke ahead of Southern Illinois University.

Dallas Shepard completed the tournament with the best overall score for the Eagles with two-day total of 225 (77-76-72) which was good enough to tie him for 25th overall in the field.

Austin Terrell finished with a total score of 228 (75-79-74), while Ty Medling checked with a two-day total of 237 (79-83-75). Luther Thompson checked in with a 239 (81-76-82), while Nathan Kirkland finished with a 241 (83-79-79).

Arkansas State University won the overall team championship by firing a total score of 862 to finish 12 strokes ahead of Belmont University.

Former MCC star Easton Key finished tied for third among the field representing Arkansas State University with a two-day total of 215 (70-71-74). Hudson Carpenter of South Dakota State won the overall championship by firing a 211 (76-67-68).

MCC will return to action to take part in the District Tournament, April 14-15, which will be hosted by Darton College at the Stonebridge Country Club in Athens, GA
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Former MCC Baseball Coach To Be Inducted Into HOF


PEARL – University of Southern Mississippi head baseball coach Scott Berry - one of the most successful junior college diamond coaches in the annals of the Magnolia State - will be inducted into the Mississippi Junior College Sports Hall of Fame on the evening of April 29 in ceremonies at the Muse Center.
Berry served as head coach at Meridian Community College from 1997-2001 and compiled a gaudy 185-58 record while guiding the Eagles to multiple JUCO World Series appearances. He was nominated for the award by MCC President Dr. Scott Elliott.
“Scott Berry is richly deserving of this honor,” Elliott said. “His record at MCC speaks for itself, but there is so much more to Scott Berry than wins and losses. He is not only a top-flight baseball coach, but, more important, a man of impeccable character who serves as the consummate role model for his players. He represented MCC in outstanding fashion, on and off the field, during his tenure here as an assistant and head baseball coach. Unto this day, we are proud to claim Coach Berry as part of the MCC family. His continued success at the highest levels of college baseball has continued to bring honor not only to himself but also to MCC.”
           Following a highly successful six-year tenure as an assistant coach at MCC under the legendary Corky Palmer, Berry took over the Eagle reins in 1997 and won 76 percent of his games. Two of his Eagle teams qualified for the NJCAA Division I World Series in Grand Junction, Co.  Berry’s teams never finished out of the Top 10 NJCAA poll, as over 25 of his players earned NCAA Division I scholarships.
          Berry was named Region 23, District, and Louisville Slugger “Coach of the Year” three times and was also honored as the Diamond ABCA Region “Coach of the Year” on two occasions. Two of Berry’s Eagle teams won more than 50 games, including his 1997 squad which was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the regular season and ultimately finished with a 50-8 record.
          Nine of Berry’s Eagles played professionally, including 2008 Cy Young Award winning pitcher Cliff Lee.  Berry’s jersey number (40) was retired by MCC in 2010. Following his stellar stint in Meridian, Berry went on to become Palmer’s top assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi and helped lead the Golden Eagles to their first-ever Super Regional title and appearance in the NCAA College World Series.
           Heading into the 2014 season, Berry has served as head coach at USM for five years, amassing a 137-94 record, including two regular season Conference USA championships and one conference tournament title. In 2011, Berry was named Conference USA “Coach of the Year.” He and his wife, Laura, are the proud parents of a son, Garren, and a daughter, Kathryn.
            Past MCC honorees in the Hall are Lou Weddington Hart and Robert Dreyfus (golf); Billy Harold Smith, Cliff Lee, Jason Smith, Paul Phillips and Corky Palmer (baseball); Ronald “Flip” Murray (basketball), Jim Redgate (basketball and golf); and Wanda McPhail (tennis).

Saturday

MCC Splits Conference Doubleheader With Delgado

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Eagles entered its second weekend of Miss-Lou Conference play Saturday afternoon at Scaggs Field looking to capture a pair of wins to stay in the driver's seat at the top of the standings. The Eagles came away with a doubleheader split (1-7, 7-6) against its arch nemesis, the Delgado Community College Dolphins, on the baseball diamond Saturday afternoon in front of the largest crowd of the season.

Delgado also came into the weekend ranked second nationally according to the latest NJCAA Division I Baseball poll.

MCC (20-16) sits in control of the lead in Miss-Lou Conference standings after the split with a 3-2 record, while Delgado is one game back at 2-3. Baton Rouge defeated Delgado twice in its three-game series last weekend and currently holds a 3-3 mark.

The third game of the series between MCC and Delgado is schedule for Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., but the threat of very heavy rain in the area for the remainder of the weekend could cause the game to be postponed.

MCC didn't have an answer for the Dolphins in Game One of the twin bill as Chase Hymel pitched a complete game in the 7-1 victory. Hymel allowed one earned run over seven innings of work, to go along with five strikeouts.

Delgado (27-7) scratched for its first run in Game One in the top of the first inning on an RBI ground out by Austin Barrios and the Dolphins never looked back. Delgado put the game away for good with a four-run top of the third inning to take a commanding 5-0 lead over the Eagles. Josh Watkins knocked in the second run of the game for the Dolphins on an RBI double and Chris Eades gave the Dolphins a 3-0 lead moments later on a sacrifice fly to right field.

Delgado continued to pour on the runs in the third inning on a two-run double by Cody Ducote to give the Dolphins a 5-0 lead. Delgado added two more runs in the contest with one run coming in the fifth inning on a single by Ducote and on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to secure the six-run victory.

The lone run of Game One for MCC came in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Ben Gann. Goose Yates (3-2) took the pitching loss on the mound for MCC by working 2 2/3 innings.

MCC rebounded in Game Two and held off a furious rally in the final inning of play to escape with a 7-6 victory. MCC carried a 7-1 lead into the seventh inning and Delgado scored five runs, but the Eagles were able to finally close the door shut as MCC relief pitcher Kellon Hibbard finished the game off by getting the last batter out on a fly out to right field.

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a solo home run by first baseman Scott Votaw and started the run away with the game in the middle innings. MCC scored six runs combined in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 7-1 lead over Delgado. Former West Lauderdale star Grant Hill provided the spark in the fourth inning on a two-out double to right field that plate a pair of runs to give MCC a 3-0 lead.

Delgado answered the Eagles with a run in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI double by Lewis to cut the MCC lead to 3-1, but the Eagles would answer in a big way in the bottom half of the frame.

The Eagles continued its impressive offensive showcase in the fifth inning with four more runs to take a 7-1 lead. Garrett Larosa got things started with an RBI double and Kevin Hall followed with an RBI single to make the score 5-1 in favor of the green and white. Mac Seibert drove the next run on a bunt and Michael Druhan finished off the inning with an RBI single to give the Eagles a six-run lead heading into the late stages of the game.

Delgado would come to the plate in the final inning down six runs and narrowly completed a miraculous comeback over MCC. Lewis led the inning off with a double and Bryce Adams followed with a strikeout to give the Dolphins two more outs to work with in the frame. Cole Freeman followed with an infield single to out runners at first and second with one out. Frankie Watts came to the plate and blasted a single to center field that plated the first run of the seventh inning for the Fish to make it 7-2. Josh Watkins followed a hard hit single to first base that plated the next run and Barrios smashed a double to score another run to make the score 7-5.

Eades would reach base safely moments later on an infield error by the Eagles to put runners at the corners with still one out in the seventh inning. MCC elected to go to its bullpen and bring in sophomore Kellon Hibbard to try and put the fire out and get the home team a victory. Hibbard collected the second out of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Ducote to center field that made the score 7-6. Jordan Caillouet would walk to put a pair of runners on base for Delgado, but Hibbard would finish the game for the Eagles by getting Lewis to fly out to right field, and give MCC a hard earned one-run win.

Jake Smith picked up the pitching win for MCC by working four innings and collecting a pair of strikeouts. Bryant Johnston worked 2 1/3 innings out of the pen for the Eagles and allowed four earned runs and picked up a strikeout in his appearance. 

MCC finished Game Two with nine hits and two players in the lineup had a pair of hits. Hill and Hall each had two hits for the Eagles, while five other players had one hit apiece.

Lewis led the Dolphins in Game Two with two hits and an RBI, while Barrios finished the game with a pair of RBI's on a base hit.

MCC Baseball Sweeps Past Arkansas Baptist



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Eagles bounced back in a big way Saturday afternoon at Scaggs Field by taking a convincing doubleheader sweep (13-3, 10-4) over visiting Arkansas Baptist College.

MCC moved its overall record to 18-14 with the sweep, while Arkansas Baptist is now 20-11 for the 2014 season.

The final game of the three-game series between the two schools will take place Sunday afternoon at Scaggs Field beginning at 1 p.m. The game will also conclude a nine-game home stand for the Eagles.

MCC exploded for 16 hits in Game One to take a 13-3 run-rule victory over Arkansas Baptist. Dalton Thomas led the charge in the run-rule win with three hits and four RBI’s. Thomas ended the game one hit shy of the cycle and collected his sixth home run in the game for the Eagles. Brooks Balisterri and Ben Gann each had two hits apiece, while Mac Seibert added two hits and an RBI.

Former West Lauderdale star Grant Hill had another solid day at the plate for the green and white with three hits and an RBI. Goose Yates picked up the pitching win on the mound for Meridian by working 4 1/3 innings and collecting four strikeouts.

MCC continued its impressive performance at the plate in Game Two by taking a 10-4 win over Arkansas Baptist to complete the sweep. The Eagles finished the game with 12 hits and jumped on top of Arkansas Baptist 8-0 after three innings.

Garrett Larosa led the way at the plate in Game Two with three hits, while Seibert added a pair of hits and one RBI. Scott Votaw joined the hit parade in Game Two with two hits and an RBI, while Kevin Hall had a two-run single. Gann had two hits and an RBI in the victory and Hill picked up a pair of RBI’s as well.

Jake Smith picked up the pitching win for the Eagles in Game Two by working four innings and collecting six strikeouts.  

Friday

MCC Softball Splits Road DH



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagle softball team returned to action Thursday afternoon and came away with a road split (4-6, 7-5) against Bishop State Community College.

MCC moved its overall record to 2-23 with the doubleheader split Thursday against Bishop State.

The Lady Eagles dropped Game One of the twin bill by a final score of 6-4 and finished the contest with 16 hits and stranded 10 base runners.

Kenya Harris led the way with a team high three base hits. Cheyenne Barefoot, Paige Gipson, Victoria Lewis, and Paige Bowser watched finished the game with two hits apiece.

Lyndsey Cannon suffered the loss on the mound in Game One for MCC.

The Lady Eagles were able to bounce back and take Game Two of the doubleheader by a final count of 7-5.

MCC scratched six runs in the first two innings that proved to be enough to come away with the two-run win.

Chelsea Moore and Barefoot led the way for MCC with three hits, while Lewis had another solid game with a pair of base hits.

Cannon bounced back and secured the win on the mound in Game Two for the green and white.

MCC is scheduled to return to action Friday afternoon in a home doubleheader agonist Hinds, but threatening weather will more than likely cause the games to be rescheduled for a later date.

Wednesday

MCC Tennis Sweeps Road Matches At ECCC




From School Reports

The Meridian Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams continued its recent success on the court by taking  road victories earlier this week against East Central Community College in Decatur, MS.  The MCC men won all the courts it competed on Monday afternoon.

In doubles action, the number one team of Kevin Millet/Chris Mallette defeated Juan Miranda/Daniel Giles 8-2.  At two, Will Rogers/Cody Gallenbeck defeated Javon Yarbrough/Tanner Moore 8-0 and at three, Reed Wade/TJ Carter defeated Ethan Rigdon/Brandon St. C lair 8-4.

In singles, Millet won 6-2, 6-4 over Miranda.  Rogers defeated Daniel Giles 6-3, 6-2.  At three Mallette defeated Yarbrough 6-4, 6-3.  TJ Carter, who played four, defeated Brandon St. C lair 7-6(4), 6-4.  At number five. Reed Wade defeated Ethan Rigdon 6-1, 6-2.  ECCC’s Tanner Moore lost to Christian Jackson 6-1, 7-5. 

In women’s action, MCC won 9-0 as well.  Mallory Davis/Jenni Smith won over Alana Turner/Amber Pierce 8-4; Molly Davis/Madison Gillette defeated Hannah Peoples/Nan Hartness 8-5.  The three doubles team of Caroline Terry/Taylor White defeated Katlyn Patrick/Lauren Peterson 8-1.  In singles, Davis won the one court 6-1, 6-1 over Peoples.  Jenni Smith won the two court 6-3, 6-4 over Alana Turner.  Madison Gillette took the win at three over Amber Pierce 6-4, 6-3.  MCC’s Caroline Terry won the four court over Nan Hartness 6-3, 6-0.  Molly Davis won at five 6-1, 6-1 over Hannah Smith, and Taylor White won at six over Kristen Jenkins 6-2, 6-0.

Meridian travels to Itawamba Thursday afternoon for huge matches that will feature two great teams.  The ICC men and the MCC men are undefeated in conference play, so there will be a lot riding on this match with ICC having the home court advantage.  The Meridian women currently have losses against both Gulf Coast and Jones County in conference play. 

MCC returns to action at home Friday at 1:00 against ECCC.  Another home match is scheduled for April 1 against Holmes Community College at Northeast Tennis Center at 2:00.  The Eagles then have the rest of the week off as far as scheduled matches. 

MCC Baseball Announes Schedule Change



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College baseball team is currently in the middle of a nine-game home stand that will conclude this weekend as Arkansas Baptist will pay a visit to Scaggs Field for a three-game series. The threat of heavy rain Thursday and Friday has forced the series to be changed this weekend between the two schools.

The series was originally scheduled to begin Friday and conclude on Saturday, but the series will now be played Saturday and Sunday at Scaggs Field. MCC will now open its three-game series with Arkansas Baptist Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader that begins at 3 p.m. and the series will end Sunday afternoon with a single nine-inning game at 1 p.m.

MCC is currently 16-14 overall for the 2014 season and 2-1 in Miss-Lou Conference play.