Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Future Rebel Ben Van Cleve Garnered NJCAA Second Team All-American Honors

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Ben Van Cleve
Photo courtesy of Northwest Community College.

Future Ole Miss baseball player Ben Van Cleve was named an NJCAA Second Team All-American on Tuesday after a dominant performance on the diamond for the Northwest Rangers.

In his sophomore season, Van Cleve pounded the ball with a .593 average in the month of May that helped guide the Rangers to a 33-win season and No. 9 final ranking. The Indianola native led Northwest at the plate with a .375 clip, 60 hits, 13 doubles, 14 home runs, 47 RBIs, 115 total bases and a .719 slugging percentage on the season.

In his first year on the Northwest campus, the first baseman had a .306 average with eight doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBIs and 34 runs scored.

Van Cleve started all 91 games of his two-year career in Senatobia, helping the Rangers to a combined 63-28 record, back-to-back 20-win seasons in conference play and national ranking.

He is the 16th NJCAA All-American selection in program history and first Ranger since 2014 to earn college baseball’s highest honor.

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