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What they're saying about Coach Ronnie Mayers at DSU

What they’re saying about Coach Ronnie Mayers

"Ronnie Mayers has given a lifetime of effort to his alma mater. Ronnie has always taken ownership in every aspect of his life. As student, faculty member, coach, father and athletic director, he has always represented himself and Delta State to the highest regard, but his commitment to family has always been his best attribute. I want to wish Ronnie, Karen and the family all the best in his retirement."

Dr. Kent Wyatt, President Emeritus

Mayers announces he will retire at the end of the year

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Delta State University Athletic Director and Director of Aquatics Ronnie Mayers announced one of the toughest decisions of his career Monday.

Mayers, who has been the official AD at DSU since 2013 and has been employed at the school for over 40 years, said he will retire on Dec. 31.

The 66-year-old Natchez native just felt it was time to step down and spend more time with his family.

Consistency is key for any great program

For a sports fan, there’s nothing like watching his or her team win the ultimate championship.

In 1995, I was one excited fanatic when I watched the Atlanta Braves win the World Series. When it comes to high school and college, fans are extremely passionate and cheer hard for their team to win a state or national title. It’s the ultimate goal every player wants to accomplish and the true delight of every fan to experience.

McClendon Tournament under going changes for the future

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For many years, the Brett McClendon Memorial Baseball Classic was one of the big highlights of the youth baseball season in the area.

The Brett McClendon Tournament, which was started to honor the name Brett McClendon who died in a farming accident on June of 2000 at age 13 in Beulah, has raised over $120,000 in its history to go to an endowment fund at Delta State University as well as provide funds for new equipment at the Cleveland Park Commission along upgrades to the ballparks in Cleveland.

Luck and Greatness have Bulldogs in CWS

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Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and pitcher the late Lefty Gomez once said, “I’d rather be lucky than good.”

The Mississippi State University Bulldogs (37-27) here lately have been both lucky and good. I take that back. Good isn’t the right word. Great is more like it.

Shannon picked up in 15th round by Diamondbacks

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Delta State University senior first baseman and Cincinnati, Ohio native Zack Shannon found out Wednesday that he will get the chance to continue his playing career.

Shannon was selected as the 459th overall pick in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday.

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.

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