n Itawamba Community College’s nationally ranked baseball Indians are ready to start post-season play beginning Friday night against Pearl River Community College in the first round of the MACJC state olayoffs.
No. 5 ICC wrapped up the regular season with a split of rival Northeast Saturday in Fulton. The game two defeat to the Tigers snapped an ICC 20 game winning streak in baseball against Northeast.
Itawamba head coach Rick Collier, whose program has won two straight north division crowns and six of those titles in his seven years in charge of the program, is looking forward to seeing how far this team will go into the post-season.
“We’ve set some lofty goals this year and that’s OK,” said Collier, whose squad went 38-10 in the regular season and 21-3 inside the division. “But we have to continue to work hard and come ready to play each game. If we do that, we can achieve those goals.”
Collier’s club will host the Wildcats, who were picked by many of the coaches around the state as a pre-season pick to win the south, in a best of three series beginning at 6 p.m. at Crubaugh Field. Game two is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon with game three, if necessary, to begin 30 minutes after game two on Saturday.
You can listen to all of the ICC post-season games on FM95 (95.7) and on the college Web site, www.iccms.edu and www.fm95radio.com.
Collier also announced that his annual ICC baseball tryouts for next year’s squad will be on Sunday, May 3, at 3:00 p.m. at Crubaugh Field.
All non-protected players, who haven’t signed with anyone else, are invited to participate in the workout. For more information on the tryout camp or the upcoming ICC baseball camps this summer, call the Indians head coach at 862-8118.
n Itawamba Community College’s men’s soccer campaign has wrapped up its spring season for 2009 by competing in two tournaments.
The Indians finished in third place in an event hosted by East Central, leaving with a record of four wins, two losses and one tie.
“This tournament was very good for us, and we played very well,” said ICC head coach Mike Sullivan. “We lost 2-1 in both of our defeats, but they could’ve gone either way.”
Last week, the Red and Blue hosted its annual spring classic and finished second to the winner, Meridian CC. ICC won two games and lost to Meridian in the championship, 7-5.
Sullivan added, “We have a lot of guys coming back for the fall, and this was a good chance to look at them more closely. We have signed an outstanding class, and we are looking forward to making a push to get back into the play-offs next year after just missing them this year.”
The Indians will report to campus Aug, 3 to begin their quest for a state championship.