PEARL -- At first Biloxi's Austin Creel was cruising a long. But all it took was one bad inning.
Pearl scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to get past Biloxi 8-2 in Game 1 of the opening round of the MHSAA Class 6A Baseball playoffs at Pirate Park on Friday night. Game 2 is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday at Biloxi. Indians (14-12) must win to force a decisive Game 3 back at Pearl on Monday. The series winner will face George County next week.
"The wheels fell off for us there in the sixth," said first year Biloxi coach Eddie Lofton. "It's our fault. We were making errors at clutch times and that inning has been our season in a nut shell."
In the sixth inning, Pearl sent 12 batters to the plate, had six hits and Biloxi committed four errors. The Pirates scored seven of their eight runs with two outs.
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Creel (2-5) took the loss on the mound last five and two-thirds innings giving up five hits, seven runs (one earned). He only gave up one hit through five innings before things fell apart in the sixth.
"That's been the case with him all year," Lofton said. "He pitched very well and good enough for us to win, but we didn't make the plays we needed too."
Biloxi scored both its runs in the top of first inning on a Jordan O'Keefe RBI single to left and Lane Colson scored on a wild pitch.
"If we could eliminate errors, it would've been a completely different game obviously," Lofton said. "There are times we look really good and then times we look really bad."
Lane Colson had two singles to lead the Indians offensively.
Tylan Knight had two hits to lead Pearl (18-9).
Pirate pitcher Hunter Allen (4-3) tossed a complete game scattered five hits, gave up two unearned runs and struck out eight.
"What it comes down to: we didn't execute," Lofton said. "We can't harp about this one. We got to come back ready to play tomorrow and try to force a Game 3."