PEARL — DeSoto Central left no doubt in this one.
Behind a potent offense and the pitching of Hamp Houston the Jaguars ran past George County 10-1 to claim the MHSAA Class 6A State Championship at Trustmark Park on Saturday afternoon.
It is DeSoto Central’s second state title in school history and first state championship since 2015.
“We just wanted to control what we could control. We came together and swung the bats well today,” said DeSoto Central coach Mark Monaghan. “The number one goal was to play for each other and that’s what we did.”
DeSoto Central pitcher Hamp Houston (5-1) got the win on the mound and was sufficiently sufficent. Houston tossed four and two-thirds innings, gave up one hit, one earned run, walked four and struck out seven.
“I can’t say enough about Hamp Houston today,” Monaghan said. “He’s gone through a lot this year. He had to bury his mom in March, so for him to do this is special.”
The only hit George County recorded was a lead off double by Ethan Coleman in the bottom of the first inning.
The Jaguars would start the game scoring two runs in the top of the first on a RBI triple by Peyton Mills and a RBI single by Kyle Booker.
The Jaguars would add a run in the third, two more in the fourth and would pile up five runs in the top of the sixth.
Peyton Mills, a Northwest Community College signee, went 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI’s to lead DeSoto Central at the plate.
“I was just trying to do my job at the plate and put the ball in play. Shorten up my swing and not try to do to much,” Mills said. “This feeling is an amazing feeling. I’ve worked my tail off in this program for four years and it pays off my senior year.”
Blaze Jordan, Kyle Booker and Dylan Hale all had two hits each for DeSoto Central, who has now won two state titles in the last four years.
“It was good to come into our on in Game 3 and play like we’ve had all season,” Monaghan said. “Mills was big with getting two hits with two strikes and two outs. I knew coming into the year we were young but talented, but to get here is so hard. We had a special group and to see it happen is great.”
Alan Willams (2-1) took the loss on the mound for George County (27-6), who was in the 6A state title series for the third time in four years and is still seeking for first state title since 1997.
“They swung bats well today and we didn’t,” said George County coach Brandon Davis. “We didn’t win the first inning and they got momentum. To get here three times in four years speaks for itself, but it hurts not getting the job done.”