Beall signs with Holmes CCBy BRANDON SHIELDS,
Ethel’s Hayden Beall is following his father’s footsteps.
Beall, a senior first basemen and pitcher, signed a baseball scholarship to play at Holmes Community College. His father, Stan, also played baseball at Holmes.
“I am very grateful and excited for the opportunity to play at the next level. I feel very blessed to be able to continue my baseball career at HCC,” Beall said. “It’s amazing to play at a college my dad played at.”
He also had interest from Copiah-Lincoln CC and other JUCO programs.
In 2019 Beall hit .405 with two home runs, four doubles, 26 hits, 24 RBIs and six stolen bases. He had a 96 percent fielding percentage and, on the mound went 3-1 with a 0.78 earned run average with 18 strikeouts, walked 15 batters and only allowed 11 hits to help lead Ethel to a 20-7 record and reached the third round of the MHSAA Class 1A playoffs.
He played summer ball with the Mid-South Mojo travel team.
“Very proud of the way he has worked and developed himself to get this opportunity,” said EHS head baseball coach Chris Schuster. “He’s been a cornerstone of Ethel baseball for so many years and wish him nothing but the best going forward. A big thank you to Coach (Kenny) DuPont (of Holmes) for trusting the Ethel baseball program. We need a great senior year out of Hayden and to continue to work hard so we can accomplish the goal we as a team always strive for.”
For the 2020 season Beall is focused on getting the Tigers to Trustmark Park after playing there for the 1A state title his eighth grade year.
“I feel like we have a really good shot to go further than we did last year. We have been working really hard and I feel we are a better team and more experienced,” Beall said. “Since I am a senior my goal is to help Ethel get back to Trustmark.”