Pascagoula & Harrison Central both rely on solid pitching

Pascagoula opens the best-of-three state finals 4:30 tomorrow afternoon at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

When it comes to the pitching staff, the Panthers have the weapons to shut down New Hope.

There's Andrew Crane, Allen Cowart who carries a zero-point-7-8 earned run average and Michael McCarty.

Panthers ace Andrew Crane gets the starting nod on the mound. He's posted 9 wins and 1 loss, with a 1.16 earned run average.

Jacob Stanford is the Panthers catcher and he said, "Crane helped us out a lot this year. Without him I don't think we would be in this spot. But when he's on the mound we just click and everybody does good for him."

Pascagoula pitching coach Matt Cochran said, "I think the pitching is the reason where we are. Crane come in and has had a great year for us so far as a lead off guy. Allen has been solid once we moved him into the number two hole, starting position. We have been solid on the mound. You pitch, throw strikes and play defense, you've got a chance."

Harrison Central won't begin play in the 6A State Baseball championship finals until 7:30 Thursday night in Pearl, taking a swing at Southaven.

The top ranked 28 and 3 Red Rebels are ranked 19th in the nation by MaxPreps.

Harrison Central is known for a batting lineup that can clobber the baseball, but the Red Rebels also have a stellar pitching staff.

Derrick Mount is 5 and 1 with a 0.90 ERA. Chris Crosby is 6 and 1 and a 1.49 earned run average and ace Bryant Johnston has 9 wins and 1 setback with an impressive 0.65 ERA.

Johnston said," The seniors started playing T-ball together when we were five-years-old. We just jelled together when we were young and that chemistry really helped us this year."

Tyler Bouldin will be in Pearl and will have all the action beginning Wednesday night on WLOX news.

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