Boggs went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs to lead the Hinds Community College Eagles to an 8-7 victory in 13 innings. The freshman first baseman and former Cleveland High School standout also played great defense by recording 13 putouts and two assists.
Boggs has been on a hot-streak as he has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games. In the World Series alone, Boggs is hitting .500 (9-for-18) with two home runs, seven RBIs and four runs scored in four games. For the year, Boggs is hitting .352 with three home runs and 33 RBIs in 58 games and has committed just six errors in the field while posting a .958 fielding percentage in 144 total chances.
Against the Wolfpack, Boggs got things going early for Hinds as he roped a three-run homer in the bottom of the first to put the Eagles on top 3-0. The blast keyed a six-run first to give Hinds a 6-0 lead.
Madison College battled through out the game by scoring two runs in the third, two runs in the fourth a run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh to take a 7-6 advantage.
In the bottom of the ninth with two outs and two runners on base, Boggs came through again by stroking a single to centerfield that scored Brian Mills. Quade Smith was thrown out at home on the play, but the base hit still kept the Eagles alive and sent the game into extra innings.
Hinds eventually won the game in the bottom of the 13th with a RBI-double from Toler Robinson to push Hinds to 4-0 in the World Series and 39-19 overall.
Boggs and the rest of the Eagles are under the tutelage of head coach Sam Temple and assistant coach Dan Rives. Temple, a native of Vicksburg, played baseball at Delta State University under then head coach Bill Marchant in 1992 and 93. Rives is a native of Cleveland and played a prominent role in Cleveland High School winning the 4A State Baseball Title in 2000 as he earned second team 4A All-State honors by the Mississippi Association of Coaches. Rives ended up playing college baseball for Mississippi College and earned All-Southwest Conference honors as a senior in 2005. He has been on Hinds’ coaching staff for eight years and is currently the school’s sports information director.
Hinds will continue its run in the World Series tonight as the Eagles will play Mesa at 7 p.m. in the semifinals. Madison College (44-16) is still alive as the Wolfpack will play Pasco-Hernando State College at 3:30 p.m. today. Hinds is the only unbeaten team in the tournament.