Andy Collier

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MLB Draft heavy in pitching talent

As I’ve been keeping up with this year’s Major League Baseball Draft, I’ve noticed the need teams have for pitchers.

Out of the 314 players picked in the first 10 rounds of the draft, 168 are pitchers. That’s right, 53.4 percent of the players picked thus far are the guys preventing the runs instead of scoring them. Everybody wants top line starters and relievers. In today’s game you don’t just have a starter and a closer. You have the starter, the long relief man, the pitcher that comes in to face just right-handers, the guy that comes in to face just left-handers, the set up man and then the closer. The total approximate pick value for those 168 pitchers is $114,076,500. That’s a lot of money in projected signing bonuses. The draft will conclude today.

College baseball having banner year in Mississippi

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College baseball in Mississippi has proven to be alive and well.

This weekend alone in Division I, the Ole Miss Rebels (46-15) won the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Hoover, Ala., and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (43-16) won the Conference USA Tournament in Biloxi. Ole Miss won the SEC West Division during the regular season, while Southern Miss won C-USA regular season title.

The SEC Championship enabled Ole Miss to host the four-team NCAA Region Tournament in Oxford as a region top seed and a No. 4 national seed, while Southern Miss is the second seed in the four-team Fayetteville Regional, which will be hosted by the University of Arkansas. Ole Miss also sealed up its 21st consecutive winning season, while Southern Miss has clinched its 17th consecutive winning season.

Mississippi Collegiate Baseball Standings

Mississippi College Baseball Standings

(4-year universities)

(As of May 24)

Rk.       Team                          Record            Pct.

1           Delta State                 42-11               .792

2         Ole Miss                       43-15               .741

Statesmen come up a little short in South Region Tournament

The Delta State University Statesmen saw their baseball season come to an end during a rain-soaked week at the NCAA Division II South Region Baseball Tournament in Lakeland, Fla.

The Statesmen and Tampa University Spartans battled each other Monday in a winner’s bracket game that had been pushed back a couple of times due to rain. The Statesmen suffered their first loss of the tournament as they fell to the Spartans 3-0. Delta State was supposed to play the Montevallo Falcons Monday but the game was pushed back to Tuesday due to rain. The Statesmen defeated the Falcons 12-3 before finally falling to Mississippi College 7-4 Tuesday evening.

Sandlin wins C Spire Ferriss Trophy

Sandlin Ferriss Trophy

JACKSON — This year, the field for the 15th Annual C Spire Ferriss Trophy was considered by many to be the most competitive field in the history of the award.

When Hu Meena, Chief Executive Officer of C Spire, announced the winner of 15th C Spire Ferriss Trophy, he called the name of Southern Miss pitcher Nick Sandlin here Monday afternoon at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Sandlin is the third Southern Miss player to win the award.

The Ferriss Trophy, named after the late Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer and former longtime Delta State head baseball coach Dave “Boo” Ferriss, goes to the top college baseball player in the state at a four-year institution.

Youth Camps

Delaney, Henry Pro Camp set for June 1

The Delaney and Henry Pro Football Camp for Kids will be held on June 1-2 at C.V. Thurmond Field in Mound Bayou.
The camp is for youth ages 7-17. The pros that will be at the camp are NFL running back Deangelo Williams and former NFL players Jeff Graham, Marcus Bell and Kevin Henry, who is also a former John F. Kennedy High School standout. Former Mississippi Valley State University head football coach Archie "Gunslinger" Cooley will also be there.

Action in South Region Tournament delayed by weather

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“Who’ll stop the rain”

That’s the title of the famous 1970 song by Creedence Clearwater Revival. That title seems to fit the Delta State University Statesmen and the other six teams involved in the NCAA Division II South Region Baseball Tournament in Lakeland, Fla. as they are having to play the waiting game as heavy rains have put the tournament in a standstill.

DSU golf team ready for nationals

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The Delta State University golf team will compete in the NCAA Division II National Men’s Golf Tournament on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Fighting Joe Course in Muscle Shoals, Ala. starting Monday and lasting through May 25.

The Statesmen, under first year head coach Easton Key, finished tied for sixth with Saint Leo in the NCAA South/Southeast Region Tournament in Conover, N.C. earlier this month on May 9. Before going to the region tournament, the Statesmen finished second in the Gulf South Conference Tournament in Pine Mountain, Ga. on Apr. 22-24. The berth into the national tournament is DSU’s first since 2014.

Statesmen thump Choctaws to start Region Tourney

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The Delta State University Statesmen and the Mississippi College Choctaws battled each other in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Region Baseball Tournament in Lakeland, Fla.

The game started Thursday but concluded this morning as heavy rains caused the game to be halted in the bottom of the seventh. The game picked up where it left off this morning. The Statesmen started the tournament on the right foot with a 13-3 victory over the Choctaws.

This year’s nominees brings back memories of 2004

When I saw the C Spire Ferriss Trophy finalists, I thought about the 2004 year, which was the first year the award was introduced.

I thought about Delta State outfielder and former Bayou Academy standout Jud Thigpen. That season, he hit an impressive .429 with 14 home runs, 80 RBIs, 75 runs scored, 24 doubles, two triples with a .697 slugging percentage and a .502 on-base percentage. He was 20-of-21 in stolen base and finished the year with an amazing total of 112 hits in 261 at-bats over 65 games.

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