PEARL — Smithville needed someone to come up with a big hit and Jared Johnson did just that.
Johnson would hit a solo home run to left in the top of the sixth inning for the games only run and to lift Smithville over Stringer 1-0 to claim the MHSAA Class 1A Baseball State Championship at Trustmark Park on Friday morning.
It is the Seminoles (21-7) second state championship overall and first state title since 2014.
Johnson, a Mississippi State commit, would have three hits to lead Smithville offensively. Todd Cowley and Tucker Hood added two hits each for the Seminoles.
Layne Williams (2-4) got the win on the mound for the Seminoles lasting six and two thirds innings giving up just three hits, walked three and had five strikeouts.
Andrew Nix (8-3) took the loss on the mound for Stringer lasting six and two thirds innings giving up eight hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out two.
The Red Devils (25-12) were seeking first state title since 1996.