PEARL, MS (WLOX) - St. Stanislaus ace Greer Holston got the starting nod in game one of the best-of-three Class 4A baseball finals. He would fall behind 2-0 after the first inning. Houston's lead-off batter Denver McQuary hit a deep fly ball to left field that one hopped the wall for a triple. Garrison Howell followed with a single into left field that propelled the Hilltoppers to a 1-0 lead.
After Houston scored another run, unearned, Holston settled down. He would go the distance and gave up 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 2 walks and 10 strikeouts.
Holston helped his own cause with a chopper down the left field line for a double that drove home Chase Rhodes from third base.
In the top of the fourth inning, St. Stanislaus had runners at the corners when Patrick McRaney dropped an RBI single into left field that tied the game.
St. Stanislaus grabbed a 3-2 lead on a sacrifice fly ball off the bat of Adam Guillot in the top of the sixth inning.
Holston would keep the Hilltoppers bats off balance and quiet and St. Stanislaus secures a 3-2 victory and can capture their second Class 4A State baseball title since 2010 by beating Houston Friday night beginning at 7 at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
Holston who was 2 for 4 at the plate and one RBI, said it took a little time to get their bats going.
"We didn't know much about them, "stated Holston. "We knew we had to hit a fast ball and that's what we struggled with, the curve ball instead. We decided to bang up the curve ball a little bit."
St. Stanislaus head coach Mark Logan said miss communication cost them early in relaying the pitches to Holston on the mound.
"I think he missed some pitches, "said Logan. "On the pass ball they got crossed up. I think we were expecting a slider and he threw a fast ball. At that speed early on, that's tough."
Senior pitcher Jonathan Artigues, who signed a baseball scholarship with Tulane, will get the starting call Friday night.
You can watch the game live on the WLOX Bounce Channel Friday night.