Ross inches closer to Thompson for longest hitting streak

May 1, 2016

Ben Ross of Palmer collected base hits in each game of Saturday’s NWAC doubleheader to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Ben RossThe Blue Mountain Community College outfielder is hitting .389 since April 6.

Overall, Ross, of Colony High fame, is batting .336 in 34 games and ranks 10th in the league with 28 RBIs.

He has a new approach at the plate this season. No longer just a pull hitter he’s now able to take pitches the other way, which has helped make him one of the top run producers in the NWAC.

“I’ve learned that power can be substituted with precise hitting,” he told me.

Ross has more home runs [3] as a sophomore than he did base hits [2] as a freshman. He also has 10 doubles and a triple.

“This year has been one for the books for me so far,” he said. “I’m finally getting the playing time I’ve been seeking in college, and enjoying every minute of it.”

Ross has more home runs [3] as a sophomore than he did base hits [2] as a freshman. He also has 10 doubles and a triple.

Just call him the 907’s Comeback Player of the Year.

Ross is one of just five Alaskans playing college baseball this season to compile a hitting streak that extended into double figures.

Anchorage’s Tyler Thompson of Pacific Lutheran University is the active leader with a 19-game hitting streak.

Dickinson State’s Sagan Osborne of Anchorage is on the list twice, piecing together separate streaks of 13 and 12 games.

Here is a look at the five longest hitting streaks this season:

*19 Tyler Thompson, Anchorage, Pacific Lutheran University
*16 Ben Ross, Palmer, Blue Mountain Community College
15 Lance Ibesate, Juneau, Jamestown University
13 Sagan Osborne, Anchorage, Dickinson State University
12 Scooter Bynum, Fairbanks, Arizona Western College
12 Sagan Osborne, Anchorage, Dickinson State University

*active