4A STATE FINALS (Game One)
NEW HOPE 4 PICAYUNE 1
Justin Carter hit the ball to the Picayune third baseman. He bobbled the ball and threw it into the outfield. The error enabled Lance Martin to gallop home giving New Hope a 2-0 lead.
Still in the top of the first Nathan Mordecai slapped a single up the middle. Justin Carter galloped home. Brad Price also attempted to score and was tagged out by Picayune catcher Cody Stogner. Trojans led 3 to nothing.
Bottom of the first Picayune's Chris Stewart unloaded a solo blast bouncing off the wall in left field. The homer cut the Trojans lead 3-1 giving hope to the crowd of 15 hundred.
The score remained 3-1 until the top of the 7th. That's when Hunter Abrams of New Hope singled to shallow left field. Brian Barksdale raced home and for the third time in the game Maroon Tide catcher Cody Stogner came up with a tag at home plate keeping the score 4-1 in favor of New Hope.
Picayune was unable to pull the trigger on New Hope pitcher Tyler Hunter. He tossed a 4 hitter with 10 strikeouts. He was the big difference in the game.
Maroon Tide head coach Kent Kirkland said, "We just didn't hit the baseball. We had numerous opportunities with guys on base. We've struggled at the plate with pitchers who throw off speed stuff all year long. Hopefully we'll bounce back Saturday."
Game two of the best-of-three 4A State Championship finals is set for 5:00 p.m. Saturday at New Hope High School. Maroon Tide ace Justin Pigott, who remains undefeated, will get the starting nod for Picayune. It's a must win situation. A win Saturday would force a third and final deciding game 6:00 p.m. Monday night in Picayune.