Ben’s Ford finishes district play, 8-0

Published 12:09 am Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ben’s Ford Christian School capped off the regular season this weekend by defeating Christian Collegiate Academy 10-0 in five innings Friday and then Salim 9-3 Saturday with both games at home.

Friday’s game finished off an undefeated district championship season for the Eagles, who finish 8-0.

“This district championship is big for the program at Ben’s Ford,” coach Jerod Wascom said. “It is the first varsity district title in school history for any sport. It is a great testament to the hard work and dedication these kids have put in this year. They’re a group that enjoys playing the game of baseball.  It is also a great testament to the kids that played prior to this team. That group of kids endured some long seasons, yet stayed committed to the game and the program. Without their commitment, we could not have accomplished a district title. They also share in this accomplishment.”

Brian Hines highlighted Friday’s victory by throwing a no-hitter. Hines struck out seven and walked two. Hines got the job done at the plate as well, going 2-for-3.

“Brian was outstanding,” Wascom said. “We’ve used Brian primarily as a closer all season. I started him in an inner-squad game last week to see if we could get his pitch count up around 80 and for him to keep pitches down and stay sharp throughout. He did that. He definitely didn’t disappoint when he got the opportunity to start Friday. He stayed ahead in counts, threw his fastball and off-speed for strikes, and completely controlled the game.” 

Cole Edwards went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Jordan Thomas recorded a hit and three runs batted in, while Garrett Pounds posted one hit with a pair of RBIs. Cody Stewart finished 2-for-2, while Shelby Culpepper added one hit.

The following day, the Eagles played longball, hitting two homers, which accounted for five runs.

Daniel Pittman hit a three-run homer, while Destin Pittman went deep for a two-run round-tripper. Destin finished with two hits.

Stewart totaled three hits, while Culpepper was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Reid Pounds finished with two knocks. Garrett Pounds had one hit. Thomas drove in a run.

Winning pitcher Cole Edwards was the first of four pitchers used. He threw three innings with two strikeouts.

Ben’s Ford began postseason play in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ Class A playoffs, following yesterday’s press time against Newton Academy.

The Eagles are playing a best-of-three series. They were on the road yesterday. Ben’s Ford has a double-header scheduled for tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1. The first game will be played and the second is an if necessary contest.