PEARL — History made.
Behind a stellar performance from pitcher Tashone Corbitt and the help of two big innings Calhoun City got past Taylorsville 14-4 in the decisive Game 3 to claim the MHSAA Baseball Class 2A State Championship at Trustmark Park on Saturday afternoon.
It is the Wildcats (30-4) first state championship in school history in baseball.
“We had shirts made that said history and nobody ever North half and nobody been here in history in Calhoun City and I’m so proud of these guys,” said Calhoun City head coach Josh Miller, a Calhoun City graduate. “The last two days we started being ourselves hitting the ball well and playing great defense.”
Corbitt would go 2-for-5 with two triples, a sacrifice fly with four runs batted in. He was also the winning pitcher on the mound for Calhoun City lasting six innings giving up six hits, four runs (three earned), walked eight and struck out five.
“I was just focusing on the mitt real hard today and throw strikes and all the hard work paid off,” Corbitt said. “I have never had two triples in one game and I was seeing the baseball real well today. We were locked in and this feeling has never felt more amazing.”
The Wildcats would jump out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run single by Clay Miller.
After Taylorsville cut the lead to 2-1 Hayden Goodson had a RBI single to extend the lead to 3-1 in the second.
Calhoun City would then score five runs in the top of the fifth to extend their lead to 8-1 highlight by Corbitt’s bases clearing triple to deep center.
“After we lost Game 1 we went back and took extra batting practice and the day off really helped us,” Miller said. “We reminded ourselves that we are not a good team we are a great team and for someone to beat us we felt like it was impossible.”
The Wildcats would then add a run in the sixth and then tacked on four more runs in the seventh.
McGregor Lee had two hits with three RBI’s, Hayden Goodson had two hits with two RBI’s, Clay Miller had two hits with two RBI’s, and Jobi Cook also had two hits for Calhoun City.
“These last two games a sleeping giant woke up,” Goodson said. “We had to go back refocus. Today Tashone did a good job on mound throwing strikes and making a good hitting team hit a lot of fly balls. I’m glad I can be part of a team that made history at Calhoun City.”
Branson Sharpley had two hits to lead Taylorsville. Chandler Cline took the loss on the mound for the Tartars (27-11).