Sophomore Pitcher Caleb Morgan (Grenada) and sophomore outfielder Andrew Beesley (Natchez) were tabbed 2018 MACJC First Team All-State for their outstanding performances on the baseball diamond this season. Carson Klepzig (Olive Branch), Patrick Hodges (Terry), and Jase Dalton (Byram) all earned MACJC Second Team All-State Honors.
Morgan, who was a 2017 First Team All-State selection his freshman year, pitched 44 and 2/3 innings this season with a 1.81 earned run average (ERA), an opponent batting average of .232, and registered 55 strikeouts with just 13 walks. Morgan finished the season with a 4-3 record with his best performance coming against No. 3 Jones County Junior College in the MACJC Best Two-Out-Of-Three State Playoffs. Morgan threw 6 and 2/3 innings that game allowing just 3 hits, 0 earned runs, and struck out 9 batters to lead the Eagles to victory and give his team a 1-0 lead in that series. He went on to win the MACJC Pitcher of the Week that week. Over his two-year career at Hinds, Morgan went 12-5 with 108 innings pitched, 121 strikeouts and a 2.33 ERA. Morgan signed a scholarship to continue his career next season at Tennessee Tech University.
Andrew Beesley, who was a 2017 Second Team All-State selection his freshman campaign at Southwest Mississippi Community College, led the Eagles in batting average at .473 collecting 87 hits which included 16 doubles, 3 triples, and 8 homeruns. Beesley also led the team in runs batted in (RBI) with 51, total bases with 133, on base percentage with .540, and stolen bases with 11. At one point in the season, Beesley had a hitting streak of 32 games. In 49 games played this season, he had multiple-hit performances in 31 of those games. Beesley signed a scholarship to continue his career next season at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
Sophomore catcher, Carson Klepzig, earned MACJC Second Team All-State honors following his impressive 2018 campaign. Klepzig finished with a .358 batting average, collecting 44 hits including 9 doubles, 4 homeruns, 28 RBI’s, and 9 stolen bases. Behind the plate, Klepzig threw out 49% of would be base stealers (19 for 39).
Right-handed pitcher and a University of South Alabama signee, Jase Dalton earned MACJC Second Team All-State honors following the 2018 season where he was heavily relied on, appearing in 19 games for the Eagles. Dalton threw 40 and 1/3 innings recording four wins and 2 saves with a 2.68 earned run average. Dalton also struck out 52 batters while walking just 11 to finish with a team-high strikeout per nine innings ratio of 11.60.
Delta State University signee, Patrick Hodges also earned MACJC Second Team All-State for his outstanding performances on the mound and at the plate for the Eagles. On the mound, Hodges appeared in a team-high 26 games registering 39 and 2/3 innings with a microscopic 2.04 ERA. Hodges impressively only allowed 31 hits and 6 walks while tallying 33 strikeouts holding opposing hitters to just a .203 batting average. At the plate, Hodges stroked two home runs and had 17 RBI’s in 58 at bats.