On Monday night, Feb. 12, 2018, René Warren Softball Field would be the site of a beautiful, dark night, where scores of Hinds student athletes and friends gathered for the annual event known as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Lantern Festival.
In July 2016 I blogged about the Hinds Community College athletic teams and how they historically and continually reach the highest levels of competition in my post HINDS ATHLETES COMPETE AT NATIONAL LEVELS (Click to read previous blog for reference). This article is an update to that post, focusing on championships within the last year or so. Click hot links in maroon text to see more information on that item.
Inset photo by Andrea Rives
Partners for 10 years, four championship and three runner-up championship titles and a bid for the 2014 College World Series national championship trophy together, Hinds head coach Sam Temple and his former assistant coach, Dan Rives, met up for their first ever dugout dual this past season in Moorhead on April 29, 2017. Now Head Coach Rives took the field commanding his own army of diamond warriors, this time against his former partner and institution.
Hinds Eagle baseball is synonymous with success, not only in Mississippi, but also on the national arena. Tied with Jones County Junior College (and two others outside Mississippi) as the other Mississippi college with eight total College World Series wins each on the National Junior College Athletic Association "total wins leaders" list, the Eagles are also tied with four other colleges at six total CWS appearances on the leaders list of 15 schools.
Just LSU-Eunice, the only other Region 23 college, has more CWS appearances than Hinds CC does, in our region (which includes Mississippi and Louisiana).
"Playing under the lights for the first time in program history was undeniably a great start to the future of this program. Recruiting is the biggest part of any program and having lights helps when parents can come watch their kids play. Later games also keep the kids in the classroom to focus on their academics." - Mike Grzanich
Finally, the Hinds Community College softball team can see the lights "at the end of the tunnel " — for illumination at the new René T. Warren Softball Field. For the first time in the long history of the softball program, the Lady Eagles will be able to play games after dusk.
As we enter the Centennial year of the existence of the institution now known as Hinds Community College, 2017, we spend lots of time looking back at our history. For a brief moment, I'd like to illustrate the contrast of the sport we call football from almost a hundred years ago to today.