Former area stars lead Hinds Community College to Division II World Series berth

Published 12:01 am Friday, May 26, 2017

Quinton Logan and Brandon Ross won a Natchez Dixie Youth city championship together when they were 12 years old.

Nearly a decade later, the duo is trying to replicate the feat, but only this time at a slightly higher level.

Logan, Ross and the rest of the Hinds Community College baseball team is preparing to play this weekend in the 2017 NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series in Enid, Okla.

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“It’s a feeling I can’t even explain really,” Ross said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was little and to finally get to play (in a World Series), it’s hard to explain. The excitement is unreal.”

Hinds enters the tournament ranked as the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 Pitt Community College out of North Carolina.

“It’s going to be exciting,” Logan said. “I’m going to have to go out there and play the game I’ve been playing my whole life.”

Hinds reached the World Series on the backs of the Natchez duo. Ross, an Adams County Christian School alumnus, and Logan, a Cathedral alumnus, combined to pitch six strong innings in the Eagles’ 8-7 win over top-ranked and defending national champion Jones County Junior College in the Region 23 championship on Satuday.

“That was amazing. They thought they had it in the bag, but our team stayed positive,” Ross said. “We got hot at the right time. Every time we got knocked down, we had to get back up and hit them back.”

Hinds also defeated No. 2 Eunice on May 17, proving they can compete with the best teams the nation has to offer, Logan said.

“That tells everybody that we can beat anybody,” he said of the wins. “It’s very exciting. We knew we could do it, but everybody had to be on the same page, and that’s what happened. We competed our butts off and won that game (against JCJC). It was one of the biggest games of my life. I won’t forget it, and it’s something to remember.”

Ross and Logan have been heavily contributors for Hinds throughout the season, helping guide the Eagles to a 34-16 overall mark.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Ross has struck out 15 batters in 16.1 innings this year en route to sporting a 1.65 earned-run average.

“I’m a role player,” Ross said. “I come in when it’s a huge situation — bases loaded — to get us out of a jam. I love the pressure situations when everything is on my shoulders.”

Logan, meanwhile, has served as a strong two-way player for Hinds, proving to be a stable force in the outfield while also serving as a reliable late-inning reliever.

The Louisiana Tech pledge has a .333 batting average to go along with 47 RBIs and 42 runs from his outfield post. The former Green Wave star has also compiled a 1.19 ERA in 30.1 innings pitched to go along with seven saves.

“(Ross) and I look up to each other,” Logan said. “He gives me pep talks, and he knows me better than anybody on the team. He’s always there for me. He’s kind of like a big brother to me.”

First pitch of Saturday’s showdown will be at 7:15 p.m.