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William Carey slips past Hope International in NAIA World Series

William Carey first baseman James Land hits a homer in the Crusaders’ World Series’ opening win on Friday night.
William Carey first baseman James Land hits a homer in the Crusaders’ World Series’ opening win on Friday night. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Former Harrison Central High standout James Land hit a two-run homer as No. 9 William Carey (Miss.) beat No. 8 Hope International 11-8 Friday night in the Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series.

William Carey will play No. 1 Oklahoma City at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night. The Crusaders, appearing in the World Series for the first time since 1978, had previously not won aWorld Series game since claiming the title in 1969.

Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Year James Land (SR/Gulfport, Miss.) capped a tremendous display of offense by both teams with a two-run ninth inning home run to give No. 9 William Carey (Miss.) an 11-8 victory over No. 8 Hope International (Calif.) Friday evening at the 2017 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series. The Crusaders are the third-straight lower seeded team to win in this year's first round.

Tyler Odom had four hits, including a home run and a season-high tying five RBI for the Crusaders. Picayune’s Lane Fazende (7-5) got the win.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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