RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College Eagle baseball program finished the COVID-19 shortened, 2020 season ranked No. 2 in the nation according to the most recent NJCAA poll.
Prior to the abrupt end to the season, the Eagles boasted a record of 12-2 against quality NJCAA D1 and D2 opponents.
2020 was littered with stunning performances, including a week where both Pablo Lanzarote (Venezuela) and Preston Johnson
(Crystal Springs) brought home MACJC player and pitcher of the week honors. Lanzarote also was awarded with NJCAA player of the week honors.
Offensively, the Eagles finished nationally in many statistical categories among teams who played a similar amount of games. The Hinds hitters were able to supply some power this brief season as they smashed 16 home runs (10th in the nation), 24 doubles (30th in the nation), 84 runs-batted-in (29th in the nation) and totaled a slugging percentage of .553 (6th in the nation). They also proved to be a dynamic offense as they hit at a .340 clip (6th in the nation), scored 97 runs (32nd in the nation), and stole 35 bases (15thin the nation).
The Eagles pitching staff shined this season as well as they pitched to a 2.20 earned-run-average (2nd in the nation), 113 strikeouts (21st in nation), and 10.82 strikeouts per-nine-innings (11th in nation), while only allowing 70 hits (10th in nation). Additionally, the Hinds pitchers threw two separate no-hitters this season against Baton Rouge Community College and National Park College, respectively.
Defensively, the Eagles finished with a .961 fielding percentage (8th in nation) while allowing only 15 errors (10thin nation).
By: Hinds CC Athletics