It's a busy weekend for Mississippi college baseball. Three teams will compete in World Series.
One of those is Hinds Community College. The Eagles are in the NJCAA World Series for the first time since 2014. Sam Temple's crew are 6 and oh in the postseason, winning MACJC and Region 23 championships. Hinds features 7 Division 1 signees, including Clinton native Adam Jackson. He's embracing the opportunity before heading to Southern Miss.
"It's what you work for since day one in August. It's all the blood, sweat and tears you pour into practice. All the work you put in is to get to this point where we are, so to get to the World Series means that all the hard work is paying off."
Hinds credits depth and toughness for their road to Enid, Oklahoma.
Temple says "Energy has a lot to do with any team and through the juco system, every day is a double header. So, that is a true test for these guys in terms of their heart and this team has recovered and gained a personality that is fun to watch."
Brandon native Jackson Mitchell signed with Oral Roberts. He's enjoyed this run with the Eagles. "We just all started hitting the ball, everybody stepped up. We had some freshmen that came in and they took their place as a starter and it really helped us just to get some momentum going. Pitchers showed up, we had some starters come in that weren't starting. It was awesome."
Hinds will open the NJCAA World Series against Pitt (NC). First pitch is Saturday at 7:15pm. You can watch the Eagles here: http://www.njcaa.tv/
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