Justin knew how to win a Bench baseball game as soon as he entered Ole Miss.
In his final two years of high school, the baseball team went 60–1 on aggregate at Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, Florida.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the team set a Florida state record by winning 60 games in a row. Calvary Christian went on to lead 30–0 and won a state title in 2017, and it started 30–0 before losing in a Class 4A state title game in 2018.
According to his Ole Miss bio, Bench hit .391 as a high school senior.
Here is some basic information about Justin Bench:
Full Name: Justin C. Bench
height: 6 feet, 0 inches
weight: 185 pounds
age: 22 years old
Birthday: August 28, 1999
Hometown: Redington Beach, Florida
High School: Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, Florida
Guardian: Jill and John Bench
Learn three more things to know about Ole Miss baseball player Justin Bench.
Is Justin Bench related to Johnny Bench?
Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench speaks as the Cincinnati Reds reopen the Hall of Fame and Museum after an extensive $5.5 million renovation at Great American Ball Park Friday, March 29, 2019 in Cincinnati.
According to a 2018 story by The Palm Beach Post, Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench has three sons. Their names are Bobby, Justin and Josh.
But Justin Bench, who plays for Ole Miss, isn’t the son of former Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench. Johnny Bench’s son named Justin Bench turned 12 in 2018—so almost six years younger than the Ole Miss version.
Although Ole Miss’ Justin Bench’s father’s name is John Bench Jr. and his grandfather John C. Bench was a senior, neither played in MLB. According to the Tampa Bay Times obituary, John C. Bench Sr. was a native of Bluefield, West Virginia and died on September 28, 2021.
So if Ole Miss baseball player Justin Bench is related to MLB star Johnny Bench, it’s not a close relationship.
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Justin Bench leads the NCAA in the grip of the pitch
Mississippi fielder/outfielder Justin Bench (8) during an NCAA baseball game on Thursday, March 17, 2022 in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Justin Bench was the NCAA Baseball Division I leader hit by the pitch for the 2021 season. The bench hit the pitch 29 times during the 2021 season.
Bench didn’t manage to copy the NCAA’s lead in 2022, but he was hit more than any other player in the Southeast Conference during 2022. Entering the College World Series, Bench was hit 17 times during the 2022 season, according to Ole Miss.
Getting hit by pitches is a recent development for the bench. He did not hit any pitch during his 13 matches as a freshman in 2019. He was hit five times in 17 matches during the 2020 season.
Justin Bench’s sister ran cross country, tracked in college
June 12, 2022; Hattiesburg, MS, USA; Ole Miss players Kevin Graham and Tim Elko and Justin Bench sign the College World Series after Game 2 of the NCAA Super Regional Game at Pete Taylor Park. Ole Miss won 5–0, and advanced to the College World Series. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook—USA TODAY SPORTS
Justin Bench’s older sister, Jordan Bench, ran cross country and track and field at Southeast University, a private Christian school in Lakeland, Florida. Southeast competes at the NAIA level.
She ran there for three years from 2014-17.
As a sophomore in 2016, she finished third in the Sun Conference Track and Field Championships meet with a 10-kilometer time of 42 minutes, 41 seconds. She improved her place and finished second in the 10,000 as a junior at the 2017 Sun Conference Track and Field Championships with a time of 45:10.
After getting married in 2017, she now moves to Jordan Andralet.
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Justin Bench of Ole Miss during an NCAA baseball game in Coral Gables, Fla., Sunday, June 5, 2022 (AP Photo/Doug Murray)
Check out Justin Bench’s bio on the Ole Miss Baseball website.
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This article was originally featured in Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Justin Bench: 3 Facts on Ole Miss Baseball Infielder, Outfielder