PEARL, Miss. (WLOX) - A historic season for St. Martin came up just two wins short of their ultimate goal, as the Yellow Jackets fell 5-0 in a series-deciding game two to DeSoto Central in the Class 6A State Championship Series.
After dropping game one on Wednesday, the Yellow Jackets needed a win in Trustmark Park on Friday to force a winner-take-all game three on Saturday. However, the Jaguars plated two runs in each of their first two innings, and the Yellow Jackets were never able to make up the difference, leaving multiple runners stranded in multiple innings.
“I’m gonna dwell on (the fact that) that’s a really good team. I’m gonna dwell on 27 wins and the South State Championship, all St. Martin firsts," head coach Kary Bridges said. “School record in wins, and just a great senior class.”
DeSoto Central knocked St. Martin senior Leo Harris off the mound early, as the UAB signee gave up four runs and six hits before being pulled in the second inning.
Despite falling in their first State Championship appearance in program history, the Yellow Jackets are refusing to hang their heads.
“It means a lot. This is what we worked for, we’ve always wanted to come (to State),” St. Martin senior Landon Pankonin said. “I can’t thank Coach Bridges enough for coming here, coaching us up and letting us know that we’re worth something.”
The greatest season in St. Martin baseball history ends with a school-record 27 wins and the first-ever South State Championship. As for DeSoto Central (33-3), the Jaguars take home their second consecutive Class 6A State Championship, and their third since 2015.