By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
JACKSON – Kossuth’s eight senior baseball players are a day away from one of the biggest moments of their lives when they walk across the stage during their graduation ceremony.
But before they receive their diplomas on Tuesday, those seniors have one more baseball game left to play in their high school careers.
The Kossuth Aggies (25-7) will face Southeast Lauderdale (31-7) in Game 3 of the MHSAA Class 3A state championship series today with a 4 p.m. first pitch time at Smith-Wills Stadium.
While Tuesday is a big night for David Gibson and his fellow seniors, Gibson says the focus of the team is completely on baseball and this afternoon.
“It’s a little bit closer, but it’s out of (our minds),” he said after Game 2 Saturday. “We’re ready to go. We’re about to win a state championship.”
Gibson helped the Aggies send the series to a third game Saturday after losing Game 1 by a score of 7-1 on Thursday.
The right-hander limited Southeast Lauderdale to one run through the first six innings in collecting his tenth win on the mound in Kossuth’s 9-3 Game 2 win.
By the time the Tigers scored again in the seventh, Kossuth had put the game away with a nine-run fourth. John Mitchell and Josh Whitaker had run scoring hits in the inning, Whitaker’s a double with the bases loaded that cleared the bags.
Kossuth has been in pressure situations where they have needed wins earlier this postseason. The Aggies lost Game 1 of the second round of the playoffs to Water Valley before winning the final two games to advance.
Third-year Aggies coach Daniel Threadgill expects an even game with the state title on the line, but still says they have a challenge in front of them.
Threadgill told the Daily Journal on Sunday that he had not yet determined his starting pitcher for Game 3.