BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Winning the 6A South State championship was a huge step for St. Martin, but it was just that - a step. The goal now is to put the Magnolia State on notice by winning the program’s first-ever state championship and to get a feel for how Trustmark Park will be, the Yellow Jackets held practice Monday at MGM Park.
“Just thanks to Quince at MGM here and the staff with the Shuckers for letting us come out," St. Martin head baseball coach Kary Bridges told WLOX. "Today was on us, taking some double cuts on the big outfield gaps and the lines. It’s something that will be similar Trustmark and having our outfielders catch some fly balls with a little more ground to cover.”
Northwest Rankin and Desoto Central’s North State series continued into Monday, so the team didn’t know at the time who they would see in Pearl, so they stuck to their normal routine in preparations.
“Practice just like for any other team," Leo Harris, UAB signee and senior shortstop said. "As long as we play our game I think we’ll be fine.”
“At that point, you can’t really prepare too much for them. We have to work on us,” senior third baseman Brennen Study told WLOX. "We have to focus on the things that we can only control. As long as we come in, as we continue preparing for us and any kind of things that come our way, we’ll be alright.”
No matter which team advances, both the Cougars and Jaguars have been to Pearl before with Desoto Central winning it all last year. So will St. Martin’s downfall be inexperience? Not a chance.
“Uh uh. We were inexperienced with South State and we breezed through that," Leif Moore, senior pitcher said. "Two games and done.”
St. Martin will meet Desoto Central (32-3) in the MHSAA 6A state championship with the Jaguars beating Northwest Rankin 2-1 in the North State series. The time and date of the matchup have yet to be announced.
The Class 6A state title game will most likely be pushed back due to last weeks postponements due to inclement weather. Although they are the new kids on the block, Coach Bridges says the moment won’t be too big for the Yellow Jackets as the squad is confident heading into the season finale.