In Friday’s showdown at Enid, Okla., Boggs put his name in the record books as he went 4-for-4 to bring his series hit total to 14, which tied an NJCAA record for the most hits in a Division II World Series. Boggs also drove in two runs and scored twice against the Wolfpack.
Boggs got his first of the game with a lead off single in the bottom of the second. He came up to bat again in the bottom of third as he stroked a RBI-single for his second hit. In the bottom of the fifth, Boggs made two trips to the plate. He walked in his first appearance and roped a RBI-single for his third hit of the game in his second trip. The RBI-single was part of an eight-run rally that put the Eagles up over the Wolfpack 12-3. In the bottom of the eighth, Boggs stepped up to the plate for the fifth time of the evening. Boggs put bat on the ball again as he spanked a single to left field for his record tying hit.
Boggs said he didn’t realize he was in pursuit of a record until it announced that he tied it at David Allen Memorial Park.
“The announcer said it after I got my fourth hit,” Boggs said Saturday morning. “I looked around, and I saw these fans cheering me on. It really meant a lot.”
The biggest thing that Boggs’ performance did was help Hinds defeat Madison 12-6 to put the team in the national championship game against top ranked Mesa tonight at 7 p.m.
Boggs was excited about the chance to play in the title game.
“Words can’t explain,” Boggs said. “We just worked hard all year and worked through a lot of adversity with people being injured and fighting through the pain. Blood, sweat and tears and we’ve made it this far.”
For the series thus fa, Marshall was hitting .583 (14-for-24) with two home runs, nine RBIs and six runs scored.
One person that has been important for Marshall in his life is his brother Taylor. Friday night was also Taylor’s 24th birthday. Marshall was excited to tell Taylor about the record.
“It gave my brother one heck of a birthday present,” Boggs said. “He’s always been behind me and always supported me with whatever I’ve done.”