Featured Player of the Week

Jacob Beard in action taking a pitch inside against Porter Ridge. (Ed Berti)
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Jacob Beard, Queens Grant Stallions 

Beard who is an outfielder and pitcher for the varsity baseball team had a banner week as the Stallions won the regular season title in the PAC 7 Conference, and defeated a non-conference team from nearby South Carolina.

In the two games he hit .625 for the week, going 5-8, two extra base hits, a triple and double, 3 RBI’s, 5 runs scored, and played flawlessly on the field making both the physical and mental plays. He has committed only one error during the entire season to date.

Jacob also known as lefty, who started out slowly has heated up in the warm weather, he now packs a solid .458 batting average, has 27 hits, 16 RBI’s, 10 extra base hits which include 5 doubles, 4 triples and 1 home run in his junior season. He has worked 13 base on balls, his OBP .568, OPS 1.297 along with 10 stolen bases on 11 attempts.

On the mound lefty has made a nice contribution to the teams success, primarily in relief he has pitched 14.2 innings in 7 appearances, while accumulating 11 strikeouts giving coach Dan Kerr valuable innings to rest his two key starting pitchers.

As the team now heads into the PAC 7 Conference Tournament this week, and ultimately into the state championship playoffs, Beard is expected to continue to be an important piece of the puzzle if the Stallions can make a run and go deep into the state championship tournament.

The Sports Editor and staff at the Mint Hill Times congratulate Jacob Beard for being selected as our Featured Player of the Week.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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