High School Sports

Pearl rallies to end Biloxi's season in playoffs


PEARL -- The sixth inning hasn't been to kind to Biloxi this year.

This time, it ended the season for the Indians.

Pearl scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally past Biloxi 6-4 in the decisive game three of the opening round of the MHSAA Class 6A baseball playoffs on Monday night.

Pearl (19-10) will face George County in the second round beginning on Friday.

"We felt like if we left our left-hander out there and he could get us through the inning we'd be in good shape," Biloxi coach Eddie Lofton said. "But we went to Austin Creel after they loaded the bases and we hit a batter and then they get a big timely hit."

With the game tied 4-4 and two out in the sixth, Pearl's Austin McCrory connected on an inside fast ball and pulled it down the left field line to give Pearl a 5-4 lead.

Biloxi pulled Nick Tiblier and went to Austin Creel, who started game one on the mound for the Indians.

Creel hit Pearl's Tylan Knight with his first pitch to give the Pirates a 6-4 lead.

"I came into the game batting .165 and getting DH for most of the time. So I guess I was due for a big hit," McCrory said. "So I just went with the pitch and pulled to left."

Mississippi Gulf Coast CC signee Chase Lott had two hits, including an RBI single, to lead the Indians (15-13) offensively.

Hunter Allen, who was the winning pitcher for Pearl in game one, got the win in relief for the Pirates.

"Honestly you have to give credit to their pitcher," Lofton said. "He threw 115 pitches against us in game one and came back and threw well against us tonight. He threw four strong innings and we couldn't hit him well."

This season was all about the injury bug for Biloxi with three key players sidelined for the season.

"I had one guy get hurt three weeks into the season and had two key players injured in the last week of the season. So that really hurt," Lofton said. "But we had guys fill in and do a good job. For my first year here, the guys were outstanding. We lose some senior leaders, but I like what we've got coming back, especially on the mound."