Pirates claim second straight Class C state title

By DANIEL GREEN

BWS Sports

SULPHUR – Baseball games aren’t won or lost in the first inning.

But sometimes a play or two makes a huge difference.

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Hicks first baseman Connor Helton had a huge 3-run triple to open the scoring for the Pirates in the first inning of their 9-0 victory over the Hornbeck Hornets on Friday in the Class C championship game.

Instead of escaping the first inning with a double play ball, the Hornbeck Hornets watched Hicks score four runs, leading the third-ranked Pirates to a 9-0 victory over the No. 4 Hornets in the Class C state championship game at McMurry Park early Friday afternoon.

With the victory, the Pirates claimed their second straight Class C state title as they will embark to Class B next season.

Hornbeck opened the game with a Jaren Mitcham double and he reached third, but was stranded their as Hicks starter Zach Haymon got out of the inning with a strikeout and a lineout.

It appeared as if the Pirates were going to go scoreless in the bottom of the frame. After loading the bases with a double from title game Most Outstanding Player Aiden Coffman and a single by Haymon, along with Brad Pelt being hit by a pitch.

With Connor Helton at bat, it appeared as if he hit the ball to Hornbeck starter JoJo Weeks, who flipped the ball home for one out, with Mitcham firing to Tristen Welch at first for the double play.

However, the ball was ruled foul and Helton blasted the next pitch he saw to deep left center for a 3-run double and a 3-0 Hicks lead. Helton later scored on a single from Hayden Doyle, allowing Hicks to take a 4-0 advantage.

The Hornets managed to load the bases in the second inning, but a defensive play by Dakota Edwards off a Mitcham grounder ended the threat.

Hicks pushed three runs across in the bottom of the second as Pelt had an RBI-single, as did Edwards. Helton also drove in a run with a hit to push the lead to 7-0.

The Pirates added some insurance runs in the fourth and sixth innings to seal the deal.

Photo courtesy of SHARON FONTENOT/Roma PicsThe Hicks Pirates defeated the Hornbeck Hornets on Friday in the Class C finals at McMurry Park in Sulphur, 9-0, to capture a second straight state championship.

Haymon worked six and a third innings, giving up no runs on five hits with nine strikeouts, while Pelt closed the game with back-to-back outs.

Coffman was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of doubles, while Helton had a triple, a single and three RBIs. Haymon also had three hits and an RBI.

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The Hornbeck Hornets fell to the Hicks Pirates on Friday in the Class C finals at McMurry Park in Sulphur, 9-0, claiming the runner-up crown for a second straight season.

Weeks suffered the loss, going the distance for Hornbeck, giving up nine runs on 11 hits. Cole Richardson had a pair of hits to lead the Hornets offensively.

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Hicks catcher Aiden Coffman claimed the Class C Most Outstanding Player in the Class C title game as he had three hits and three runs scored as he guided the PIrates to a 9-0 win over rival Hornbeck. Pictured with Coffman is LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine.

Hornbeck returning to state finals, tops Simpson

By DANIEL GREEN

BWS Sports

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.

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Hornbeck senior Devyn Sharp drove in the only two runs of the game as he went 2-for-3 in leading the fourth-seeded Hornets past district rival and No. 9 Simpson on Wednesday in the Class C semifinals, 2-0.

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.

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