By DANIEL GREEN
SULPHUR – All the Hornbeck Hornets needed was one.
But Devyn Sharp got them two.
Sharp was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and the Hornbeck defense did the rest as they knocked off No. 9 Simpson on Wednesday morning at McMurry Park in the Class C state semifinals, 2-0.
With the victory, the Hornets now await the winner between Hicks and Calvin.
After a couple of scoreless innings where both teams stranded a pair of runners, the fourth-seeded Hornets got things going in the bottom of the third. With one out, Parker Alexander doubled to left field and later scored on a Sharp RBI-single, scoring Alexander for a 1-0 lead.
The score remained that way until the bottom of the fifth when Jaren Mitcham singled, moved to second on a sacrifice and easily scored on an RBI-double off of Sharp’s bat for a 2-0 lead.
Simpson had one last opportunity in the seventh as the Broncos loaded the bases, but Addison retired Chase Taylor on a strikeout to complete his two-hitter.
Addison struck out 10 batters and gave up no runs on two hits. Sharp was the lone Hornet with multiple hits and drove in both runs. Alexander and Sharp each had doubles, while Mitcham had a hit and a run scored,
Ethan Nash suffered the loss, giving up two runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts. Tristin Williams doubled for the Broncos, while Justus Crooks had the other hit.