By Adam Gore/LetsGoICC.com
FULTON – Itawamba Community College head baseball coach Rick Collier released the defending Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division champion Indians’ 2013 baseball schedule on Wednesday.
“We are excited about this upcoming season,” said Collier. “We have a good group of sophomores coming back that achieved a lot as freshman and I think that will give us a lot of quality leadership that hopefully will lead to good things this season.”
The Indians finished 39-13 last season, which included semifinal appearances in the MACJC State and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 tournaments.
ICC will be led by NJCAA First-Team All-American right-handed pitcher and Mississippi State University signee Ben Hudspeth (Tupelo), shortstop and University of Kentucky signee Tyler Tipton (Shelbyville, KY), left-handed pitcher and Southeastern Louisiana University signee Dylan Earnest (Hamilton) along with MACJC All-State and NJCAA All-Region outfielder Cody Shrewsbury (Tupelo), who all return from last year’s squad.
“We’ve had four guys already sign and there will be a lot of other quality guys that will sign to play on the next level out of this group,” said Collier.
Right-handed pitcher Jake Smith (New Hope) transferred to ICC from Wallace State Community College signed with the University of North Alabama during the early signing period.
The Indians will open the season on the road against traditional power Calhoun Community College on February 9th before hosting Southwest Tennessee Community College for the home opener on Feb 13th and will open MACJC North play against East Mississippi Community College on March 12th.
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2013 Itawamba Community College Baseball Schedule
February 9 @ Calhoun Community College — 12:00 pm
February 13 vs Southwest Tennessee Community College – 2:00 pm
February 16 vs Arkansas Baptist College – 1:00pm
February 19 vs Jackson State Community College – 1:00 pm
February 23 @ Arkansas Baptist College – 1:30 pm
February 23 vs Parkland College @ Arkansas Baptist College – 4:30 pm
February 26 vs Calhoun Community College – 1:00 pm
March 1 vs Jones County Junior College – 2:00 pm
March 5 @ Southwest Tennessee Community College – 3:00 pm
March 8 vs Ellsworth Community College – 3:00 pm
March 12 vs East Mississippi Community College – 3:00 pm
March 16 @ Northwest Mississippi Community College – 3:00 pm
March 20 vs Coahoma Community College – 3:00 pm
March 23 @ East Central Community College – 1:00 pm
March 26 @ Northeast Mississippi Community College – 1:00 pm
March 29 vs Mississippi Delta Community College – 2:00 pm
April 3 @ Holmes Community College – 3:00 pm
April 6 @ East Mississippi Community College – 1:00 pm
April 9 vs Northwest Mississippi Community College – 3:00 pm
April 13 @ Coahoma Community College – 1:00 pm
April 17 vs East Central Community College – 3:00 pm
April 20 vs Northeast Mississippi Community College – 3:00 pm
April 23 @ Mississippi Delta Community College – 1:00 pm
April 27 vs Holmes Community College – 3:00 pm
May 4-5 MACJC State Tournament Play-In Round – TBA
May 11-13 MACJC State Tournament – North Division Winner
May 18-20 NJCAA Region 23 Tournament – South Division Winner
May 26-June 1 NJCAA World Series – Enid, OK
* all dates are doubleheaders unless otherwise listed