Surry’s Hinson named National Player of the Week
With five home runs in six games, Surry Community College’s Hope Hinson is currently tied for the national lead in homers. And because of that power surge, the Knights’ sophomore has been named the National Player of the Week by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
For the week of Feb. 4-10, Hinson hit four homers, racked up 12 RBI, belted six extra base hits and batted .500. She ripped three of those homers in one day February 9 in a doubleheader with Guilford College’s JV team.
The onslaught began the day before with a two-run dinger in a 10-6 loss against USC-Union. Hinson also had a double that game that hit the top of the fence. She followed up that performance Feb. 9 with two homers and five RBI in a 20-5 win over Guilford College’s JV team in the first game of the doubleheader. She added a three-run homer in the second game of the twinbill, a 16-11 Surry victory.
“She has hit the ball well. She also has five walks and four of those were after that third home run on Saturday. They just would not throw to her after that and intentionally walked her the rest of the day,” Surry Community College head coach Blaine Bullington said. “I told her, ‘You caused this by hitting it as well as you did.’ I said that is an honor and you need to take it as such. Hope is a great, great kid with just an exceptional work ethic and it is starting to show. I am so tickled to have her on my team.”
A 2017 graduate of Surry Central High School, Hinson tore all the ligaments in her knee during the fall season of her freshman campaign at SCC. She was able to be back on the field just four months later during the spring season, however, and now is obviously back to pre-injury form.
“She is a vacuum cleaner at third base. She plays it so well,” Bullington said. “She’s been playing with a brace since her injury. She is trying to shed the brace and she is getting more and more confident as she gets to the plate. She’s a great leader.”
Hinson said she was taken aback when she learned of the honor Wednesday.
“I was shocked. I knew I had a good weekend at the plate, but I never knew it would result in getting this recognition,” Hinson said.
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