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MC Night 2009 Fans Enjoy Another M-Braves Victory

April 21, 2009

Mississippi College's Mixed Company did a superb rendition of the National Anthem, Miss MC Jessica Terrill successfully tossed the first pitch and the Mississippi Braves won.

That was part of the playbook for the second annual Mississippi College Night at Trustmark Park in Pearl on Monday April 20.

MC cheerleaders, athletes, prospective students, alumni and other MC fans joined in on the fun for the event at Trustmark Park.

Despite a bad USA economy, attendance at the home of the 2008 Southern League champions was up over last year's initial MC Night. There were 2,924 fans at the beautiful ballpark in Pearl compared to 2,300 a year ago for the Monday night game.

Returning for the second consecutive year, Bridges Harrison of Clinton served as honorary bat boy and Hannah Kanengiser of Pearl shouted "play ball!" to get the festivities off to a good start as honorary bat girl.

MC President Lee Royce and his wife, Rhoda, Athletic Director Mike Jones, retired administrator Doc Quick were among those greeting visitors at the home of the Atlanta Braves minor league ballclub. Alumni Affairs Director Ross Aven, the university's admissions team led by Chad Phillips and staffers with the Baptist Healthplex also welcomed guests at the stadium in Rankin County.

The M-Braves defeated the Chattanooga Lookouts 4-1 with starting pitcher Jonny Venters and clutch hits by Travis Jones and Matt Young contributing to the victory. The M-Braves were 3-7 coming into the Monday night game. And for the second year in a row, they triumphed on MC Night.

"The weather was perfect, MC's Mixed Company was a hit with their version of the National Anthem, and overall attendance was up from a year ago," said Andy Kanengiser, the MC university news coordinator and an event organizer.

"We enjoy the partnership between the MC Choctaws and M-Braves and appreciate M-Braves General Manager Steve DeSalvo and the rest of his fantastic team at Trustmark Park," he said. "We hope to see MC Night return for a third time in the spring of 2010."

PHOTO: Miss Mississippi College 2009 Jessica Terrill of Fulton prepares to toss first pitch at 2nd annual MC Night.

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