The Hinds Eagles baseball program put together a full-team effort yesterday (Feb. 27) to win both games of the double header against Arkansas Baptist College.
The Eagles took game one 17-1 in five innings by way of the mercy rule. Every Eagles’ starter had at least one hit as Hinds combined for 12 hits in the game. Luke Clement led the way for the offense as he went two for two with two homeruns and six runs batted in. Pablo Lanzarote added a homerun of his own as he smashed one on top of the hitting facility past the left field fence for a solo homerun. Walker Burchfield and Colby Collier also had multiple hit games as both went two for three. Burchfield also drove in two runs while Collier knocked in one run. John Bolton, Jovante Dorris, Josh Cofield, Garrett Clark and Connor Carter all had one hit a piece. Bolton and Cofield also drove in two runs of their own.
Carter also drew the start on the mound and earned his second win of the season as he threw four efficient innings for the Eagles. Carter allowed just two hits, one walk, one unearned run, and struck out a batter. Landon Tomkins came in relief and finished the game for Hinds as he threw a scoreless fifth inning.
In game two, the Eagles offense put up 11 more runs while Preston Johnson and Ryan Jackson combined to throw a no-hitter giving Hinds an 11-0 victory in six innings via mercy rule. The freshman right-hander Johnson drew the start and was electric over the course of five innings as he allowed no hits, walked only one batter and struck out eight. Jackson came on to relieve Johnson in the sixth inning and was equally as sharp. Jackson threw one inning with no hits, no walks, and two strikeouts to end the ball game.
At the plate, the Eagles combined for 11 hits led by Walker Burchfield who went three for three with five runs batted in and a double. Josh Cofield and John Bolton had two hits each while Luke Clement, CJ Keckler, Jovante Dorris, and Colby Collier each had a hit of their own. Keckler hit the only homerun of the game as he launched a solo shot over the left field wall.
The Eagles (5-3) will be back in action today, February 28, as they take on the East Central Community College Warriors (2-4) at home in a double header. Game one is schedule for 2 p.m. with game two to follow at 5 p.m.
#34 Preston Johnson pitches No-Hitter