HED:Indians take early holiday in juco sweep
By Gene Phelps
FULTON Roy Cresap promised his Itawamba Community College baseball team three days off after Friday's North Division doubleheader against Mississippi Delta.
"I think they took four (smile)," Cresap said after watching his Indians lose 12-10 and 11-2 to the visiting Trojans. "We didn't seem to be in the games mentally. You've got to be up for division games."
The losses dropped ICC's overall record to 16-11 and to 5-5 in division play.
Mississippi Delta upped its record to 17-9 overall and to 9-3 in the division.
In the opener, pinch-hitter Nate Kennedy hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning off relief pitcher Landon Reed (2-1) to lift Mississippi Delta to its win.
"I was staying focused on the bench," Kennedy said. "I knew the way we were hitting that they might call on me. The pitch was a curve inside. I tried to get a good swing on it."
ICC had battled back from an 8-5 deficit to go ahead 9-8 with a four-run sixth inning. Michael Pepper drove in two runs with a double and later scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly. Jacob Bruce scored from third on a wild pitch for the Indians' other run.
In the seventh, Kennedy's clout scored Bryan Grace, who had been hit by a pitch, and A.J. Downs, who had doubled. The Trojans added an insurance run on Todd Bossier's RBI double.
Delta jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, scoring on four hits and two errors. ICC answered in the second inning, scoring two runs on Nick Carnathan's single and a double steal.
Devon Warren hit a two-run homer in the third inning for Delta to give the Trojans a 5-2 lead. ICC tied it at 5-5 in the bottom half of the frame on RBI singles by Alex Williamson and Jeff Dillard and a sacrifice fly by Gary Peete.
In the second game, Delta right-hander Brian Lloyd (2-1) went the distance, scattering six hits, striking out four and walking one. He gave up three of the hits in the seventh inning.
"I was hitting my spots pretty well," said Lloyd, who is usually a relief pitcher. "My ball was moving in and out on the hitters. I had good control and a lot of confidence in my pitches."
Delta coach Terry Thompson, whose squad is now in a three-team race with Northwest and Holmes for the division title, was pleased with Lloyd's effort.
"He had a heck of a game," Thompson said. "We needed that performance."
Cresap went with two of his relievers Pepper and Williamson as starters against Delta. Pepper worked five innings in the opener, giving up 10 hits. Williamson worked four innings, giving up four hits.
"Our three and four starters had been inconsistent," Cresap said. "We had brought them (Pepper and Williamson) in all year and they had thrown strikes. I didn't expect them to go a full game. They did well, they just died from lack of support."
Delta led 2-0 through five innings and broke the game open with a four-run sixth inning, scoring on two hits and three ICC errors.
The Trojans added five runs in the seventh with the big blow being a two-run homer by Downs.
MISS. DELTA 12, ICC 10
Delta 302 003 4 12 14 0
ICC 023 004 1 10 14 3
WP - Chris Simmons. LP - Landon Reed. Multiple hits - (D) Lee Hodges 3, A.J. Downs 3, Bryan Grace 2, Simmons 2, (ICC) Grant Andrews 3, Nick Carnathan 2, Jeff Dillard 2. 2B - (D) Todd Bossier, Grace, Downs, (ICC) Michael Pepper. HR - (D) Devon Warren, Downs, Nate Kennedy.
MISS. DELTA 11, ICC 2
Delta 001 014 5 11 14 0
ICC 000 000 2 2 6 4
WP - Brian Lloyd. LP - Alex Williamson. Multiple hits - (D) Kennedy 3, Simmons 2, Bossier 2, Devonte Carter 2, Hodges 2. 2B - (D) Bossier, Simmons, (ICC) Myron Hereford. HR - (D) Downs.
Records - ICC 16-11, 5-5 North Division; Delta 17-9 overall, 9-3 division.