Brown enjoying success at Hinds

RAYMOND, MS – The uniform has changed but the game has remained much the same for former Notre Dame standout Kelsey Brown.

The ‘08 Pios graduate helped her new team, Hinds Junior College, earn a pair of victories at recent fall tournaments in Jackson, Mississippi.

The Lady Eagles scored in each of the first three innings and went on to post a 6-2 win over league rival Gulf Coast Junior College in the first of two games a couple of weekends ago. Hinds pounded out ten hits with Brown going 2-for-4 at the plate on a couple of singles to left field. The second base hit knocked home a run to give Hinds a 5-2 lead and Brown later scored the final run of the contest.

Against Bishop State JC (Alabama), the Eagles rode the four-hit pitching performance of Covington’s Megan McDaniel to win, 7-3. McDaniel forced the opponents into twelve ground balls and six fly balls with flawless defensive support. The aggressive Hinds bats recorded another ten hits, scoring twice in each of the first two innings for a lead they would hold.

Brown was 1-for-2 with a timely RBI single in the fourth inning after Bishop State had pulled to within 4-3. The former Pio also drew a pair of walks and scored twice. Defensively in the two games, Brown fielded twelve opportunities at shortstop and converted all for outs.

Hinds closed out the fall campaign last weekend with tough games against 4-year college Belhaven and Itawamba Junior College at Freedom Ridge Park in Jackson.

Belhaven jumped out to a six run lead in the opener before the Eagles battled back in the third inning. Brown lined an RBI single to center and scored on Megan McDaniel’s base hit up the middle pulling Hinds to within 6-4. Belhaven would answer and go on to win 15-7.

Hinds had to settle for a 7-7 tie against Itawamba after leading most of the game.

Brown’s bases-loaded double in the first inning gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Her RBI single in the second inning put Hinds up 6-5 and Brown would score on Brooke Burke’s triple for a 7-5 lead.

After injuries to three starters and a lineup shuffle, Itawamba scored two unearned runs to tie the game in the fourth. Hinds had runners at first and second when umpires called the game due to the fall season time limit rules.

For the two tournaments, Brown finished 6-for-12, scored 5 runs and had 6 RBI’s. Nine more defensive opportunities brought the four game total to 21 fielding chances without an error.

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