PEARL — Cade Smith was just dominant.
The junior Mississippi State commit tossed a complete game two-hitter with 10 strikeouts as DeSoto Central got past St. Martin 3-1 in Game 1 of the MHSAA Class 6A Baseball State Championship series at Trustmark Park on Wednesday night.
Game 2 of the series is Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. And after how Game 1 carried out, it was palpable that fans would purchase NFL game tickets and switch over to another sport.
“Cade did an awesome job and was really loose and had no walks,” said DeSoto Central coach Mark Monaghan. “We had a good plan coming in and knew they were going to be aggressive, so if we could mix three pitches, we would have a good chance.”
The two hits Smith gave up were in the first inning. A single to R.J. Fletcher and then Fletcher would score on a triple by Brennon Study to give St. Martin a 1-0 lead.
“Tonight, I just wanted to come out here and throw to contact and get ahead in the count,” Smith said. “We got big hits when we needed them tonight and I felt comfortable once we had the lead.”
Dylan Hale gave the Jaguars the lead on a two-out two-run pop up single to center to take a 2-1 lead.
Alex Frillman added an RBI single in the sixth to give DeSoto Central (33-3) the 3-1 lead.
“Getting things done with two outs is what this team has been about all year and they did that tonight,” Monaghan said. “This team responds and know what is at stake and are going to stay focus heading into the next game on Friday.”
Leif Moore (10-2) took the loss on the mound for St. Martin (27-8) tossing six innings giving up seven hits, three earned runs, walked none and struck out five.
West Jones 10, Lafayette 1
The Mustangs would score four runs in the first and third innings and starting pitcher Dustin Dickerson had 13 strikeouts as West Jones ran past the Commodores in Game 1 of the Class 5A State Championship series.
Game 2 of the series is Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Dickerson (8-1), a Southern Miss signee, only allowed five hits, one earned run and walked three.
Colson Harris had three hits with two RBI’s and Cole Tolbert had four hits with two RBI’s to lead West Jones (28-5). Walker Thompson had three hits for the Mustangs.
Tyrus Williams and Ben Harper had two hits each to Lafayette. Wilson Varner took the loss on the mound for the Commodores (20-11-1).
North Pontotoc 12, Magee 2
Ty Roberson would have two hits with six RBI’s and the Vikings would score four runs in the second and sixth innings to get past the Trojans in six innings in Game 1 of the Class 3A State Championship series.
Game 2 of the series is Thursday at 4 p.m.
Kaden Wilson also had two hits for North Pontotoc (22-8). Jake Reeder got win the on the mound tossing six innings giving up just two hits, two runs (one earned), walked three and struck out five.
Seth Russell took the loss on the mound for Magee (30-7).
Taylorsville 8, Calhoun City 1
Tartar pitcher Walker Gable was stellar, and Taylorsville would score five runs in the top of the seventh to help get past the Wildcats in Game 1 of the Class 2A State Championship series.
Game 2 of the series is Friday at 1 p.m.
Gable tossed a complete game giving up just five hits, one earned run, walked one and had seven strike outs.
Aiden Moffett and Chandler Cline had two hits each for the Tartars (27-9).
Gage Lucius took the loss on the mound for Calhoun City, while Tashone Corbitt had two hits for the Wildcats (28-4).
10 a.m. — New Hope vs. Sumrall
1 p.m. — Smithville vs. Stringer
4 p.m. — North Pontotoc vs. Magee
7 p.m. — Lafayette vs. West Jones