PEARL — The tradition continues.
By taking advantage of opportunities and the pitching of Gabe Moore, DeSoto Central was able to get past St. Martin 5-0 to claim the MHSAA Class 6A Baseball State Championship for the second straight here on Friday night at Trustmark Park.
It is the Jaguars (34-3) third state title in school history and third in the last five seasons.
“This group set a goal at the beginning of the year to win it and to see it work out is an amazing feeling,” said DeSoto Central coach Mark Monaghan. “Pitchers did a good job of getting out of jams all game. At this point it all comes back to just competing and that’s what they did even when they don’t look their best.”
DeSoto Central would score two runs in the top of the first inning on a RBI singles by Kamren James and Dylan Hale.
The Jaguars would tack on two more runs in the second inning on a RBI single by Blaze Jordan and on a throwing error to extend the lead to 4-0.
Kyle Booker would score on another St. Martin error in the top of the fourth to put DeSoto Central up 5-0.
James, a Mississippi State signee, had two hits for the Jaguars.
“I came into the game with a good bit of confidence and was sitting on first fast ball I saw and put a good swing on it,” James said. “Two out hitting for us was huge for us this whole series and today we started early and put ourselves in a good situation. It is incredible to go back to back especially my senior year.”
Blaze Jordan and Kyle Booker also had two hits each for DeSoto Central.
Gabe Moore (4-0) got the win on the mound for the Jaguars lasting four innings giving up five hits, walked one and struck out four.
“I felt like the team did a really good job of responding no matter if the situation was good or bad,” Monaghan said. “The season was about responding and I couldn’t be more proud of this team for achieving this goal. This was a special senior class and they want to win and were not selfish and when you comes to winning a championship you need leaders and they checked all the boxes.”
Brennan Study had two hits to lead St. Martin. Leo Harris took the loss for the Yellow Jackets (27-9).