GULFPORT-- Pascagoula kept its chances alive to win baseball Region 8-5A, beating leader West Harrison 13-6 Friday. The win moves the Panthers (10-13, 5-3) to within a game of the Hurricanes (19-4, 6-2).
With the Panthers travelling to Gautier and West Harrison going to Long Beach Saturday, Pascagoula's victory also gives the Panthers the regular-season series title, which means Pascagoula wins the district championship if they beat the Gators and Long Beach beats the Hurricanes.
"I don't care if we finish first, second, or third as long as we are in the playoffs," said Panthers coach Richie Tillman. "It would be nice. This was a big win for us. It was a quality win over a win over a very good team. We challenged our team early in the season and it's starting to pay off going into the playoffs," Tillman said. "We are playing a lot better baseball now."
Behind Alden Davis' three-run homerun in the second, Pascagoula took an early 5-0 lead. When the Hurricanes answered with three runs in the third behind RBIs from Tate Parker and Colby Cagle, the Panthers responded with four runs in the fourth behind Reginald Hunter and a suicide squeeze from Griffin Sublett to push their lead to 9-3.
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From his leadoff position, Davis paced the Panthers going 3-for-3 with a homer, three RBIs, two walks, and four runs scored.
Austin Beech and Hunter added two hits each with Hunter and Matt Inlow driving in two runs each.
In addition to his squeeze, Sublett scored two runs in the seventh when his long two-out fly to right was dropped. Beech recorded the complete-game win. Cagle had a pair of hits including a double for West Harrison.
Harrison Central 2, Biloxi 1: Jordan Harris got the win, striking out four batters as Harrison Central beat Biloxi. Harris threw a complete game for the Red Rebels (11-8, 5-4 Region 8-6A). Brendan Hardy had three hits, Christan Litz with two hits, Dillon Morgan added an RBI double. Harrison Central hosts the Indians at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Ocean Springs 7, St. Martin 0: Cooper Brune struck out eight for the Greyhounds (16-7, 5-5 Region 7-6A). Tate Pepper had three hits, Drew Windham added two. Britt McKay had three RBI.
Gulfport 9, Hancock 0: Alex Nelms tossed a three-hitter and hit a grand slam as Gulfport clobbers Hancock on Friday at Herbert Wilson Complex. Nelms finished with four hits and five RBI. Kevin Carter had two hits and an RBI. B.J. Kennedy had two hits for Hancock. The Hawks host the Admirals at 7 p.m. Monday.
East Central 11, Moss Point 1: Colin Danley struck out eight for the Hornets (11-7, 7-3 Region 8-4A) on Friday. Will Garriga had three hits and three RBI. Logan Walters hit a three-run homer. Brad Cumbest had two hits.
St Patrick 3, Perry Central 2:Trace Palazzo hit a pinch hit bases loaded walk off single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth for the Fighting Irish. Robert Starks was the winning pitcher. Spencer Sliman had two hits.
Poplarville 8, Purvis 0: Caylen Bell had two hits and two RBI to lead the Lady Hornets (11-3) on Friday. Jordan Billiott got the win, tossing a four-hitter.
Biloxi 9, Hancock 8: The Lady Indians forced extra innings with six runs in the seventh to clinch second place in Region 8-6A for Biloxi (10-6, 3-2). Christine Marsland tied the game with a three-run homer in the seventh. Olivia Holley's two run double in eighth tied the game again, Taylor White's RBI single in the eighth was the game-winner. Holley got the win, improved to 9-5.
East Central 4, George County 2: Ilyssa Easton had two hits and two RBI for the Lady Hornets (14-5). Taylor Lawson got the win.
St. Patrick 7, Seminary 1: Morgan Redmond struck out nine in four scoreless innings Thursday to improve to 10-0. Raylen Blackwell had two hits and an RBI for St. Patrick (22-0). Anna Grace Castanedo had one hit and two RBIs.
East Central 9, Bay 2: Madie Sparks pitched a complete-game gem Thursday, allowing just three hits to improve to 8-1 for ECHS (13-5, 6-1). Maranda Busby had a double and a triple. Ramee Taylor had two hits and three RBIs.