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Benson hits for the cycle, Eagles sweep Coahoma on sophomore day



Clay Benson
Clay Benson (credit: Matthew Alford/Hinds CC)
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Hinds Community College baseball continued their success at home this season when they swept Coahoma Community College on sophomore day Saturday.

The Eagles won by run-rule in the first game 10-0 and took game two 6-5.

Game one

At the plate, Clay Benson led the charge for the Eagles by hitting for the cycle in game one. The Monroe native double in the first inning, tripled in the third, hit a homerun in the fifth and singled in the sixth.

The Eagles started scoring in the second inning when Reed Kellum (Jackson) hit a solo homerun to give Hinds the 1-0 lead.

In the next inning, Hinds put up three more runs behind a Benson triple, a Josh Rodriguez (Belleville, NJ) single and a Gavin Mink (Olive Branch) single.

Hinds would score again in the fifth inning when they put up four runs. Those runs came on a solo homerun by Benson, a two-run homer by Rodriguez that scored Vantrel Reed (Vicksburg) and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Gentry Tigrett (Brandon).

The Eagles would eventually walk the game off by run-rule in the sixth inning on a Clayton Thurman (Vicksburg) double to secure the 10-0 victory.

On the mound, Austin Fugler (Sontag) drew the start and went the distance in the run-rule victory. In his shutout win, Fugler struck out nine and scattered four hits.

Game two

Kellum continued his successful day at the plate when he tripled in his first at bat of game two. The triple scored Reed and Rodriguez and gave Hinds a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Sophomore southpaw Gage Bihm (Washington, La.) got the start in game two for the Eagles. Bihm would exit in the fifth inning, striking out three and scattering four hits. Bihm would give way to Mayson Shealy (Vicksburg), who got the Eagles out of a jam in the fifth inning. Clayton Thurman (Vicksburg) would then close out the game in the seventh inning.

Hinds scored two more in the third inning on a two-run homerun by Reed which scored himself and Benson.

Coahoma would get their first runs of the day in the fourth inning when they plated three runs. The Eagles got a run back in the bottom half of the fourth on a Connor Chisolm (Madison) two-out double.

No runs were scored until the sixth inning when both teams got one a piece. After a solo homerun in the top of the seventh, the Eagles would seal the deal and grab the narrow 6-5 victory and get another sweep over a conference foe.

Up next

The Eagles are back at Joe G. Moss Field Tuesday when they play host to Jones College. Fist pitch of game one is set for 3 p.m.

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