Van Cleve slugs Rangers to regional tournamentBy FROM STAFF REPORTS,
Northwest Mississippi Community College standout and former Indianola Academy slugger Ben Van Cleve helped to propel the Rangers the Region 23 Tournament with a powerful performance at the plate this weekend against Northeast.
Van Cleve gave the Rangers a three-run lead in the first inning, following a Hayden Leatherwood RBI single by smashing a two-run homer.
He would later add an RBI single in the third inning.
Van Cleve finished the day 3-for-3 with three RBI.
The former Colonel and Ole Miss commit was also 3-for-3 with two RBI Northwest’s game one 9-5 win over Northeast.
Van Cleve enters the regional tournament with a .367 average, with 55 hits, including 12 homers.
Northwest will open the Region 23 Tournament against No. 1 LSU Eunice on Wednesday in Fulton. First pitch is scheduled for noon and live video and stats will be available through nwccrangers.com.