Smithville 4, Stringer 2
Jared Johnson was as good as advertised tossing a two-hitter with eight strikeouts as the Seminoles held off the Red Devils in Game 1 of the Class 1A State Championship series.
Game 2 of the series is Friday morning at 10 a.m.
“I just wanted to locate and throw strikes and give my team a chance,” said Johnson, a Mississippi State commit and improved to 9-0 on the mound. “Defense started making plays behind me and that was a big confidence boost.”
Stringer took an early 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Andrew Nix and on a throwing error.
Smithville would get an RBI single by Todd Cowley in the second and an RBI single by Cole Hughey in the third to tie the game at 2.
The Seminoles (20-7) would take a 4-2 lead in the fifth on a fielder’s choice and a groundout.
“Stringer came out aggressive and wasn’t intimidated at all, but Jared went into lock down like he does,” said Smithville coach Jamie Russell. “He got tired there at the end but did what he had to do to help us win the game.”
Hughey had three hits to lead Smithville.
New Hope 8, Sumrall 7
Presley Hall would hit a walk-off single down the first base line in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Trojans past the Bobcats in Game 1 of the Class 4A State Championship series.
Game 2 of the series is Friday night at 7 p.m.
The Trojans (26-5) were down 7-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth and got a two-run triple by Hall and he would score on an RBI single by Hays Lumsden to cut the Sumrall lead to 7-6.
In the bottom of the seventh New Hope would load the bases with no outs and Stallone Shelton tied the game on an infield single and then Hall hit the walk-off single.
Jonathan Whittington got the win on the mound in relief for New Hope.
Zane Berry and Javan Williams had two hits each to lead Sumrall (32-7). J.C. Stogner took the loss on the mound in relief for the Bobcats.