By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
INDEPENDENCE – Josh Whitaker’s RBI single in the top of the 18th inning late Sunday led Kossuth to a 5-4 victory against Independence and into the Class 3A state championship series.
The nearly five-hour game was the second longest high school baseball game in state history. The record is 20 innings set by another Alcorn County team, Corinth, and Meridian in 1979.
Whitaker, a senior, was also the winning pitcher, striking out eight and giving up six hits over 12 innings. He recorded a strikeout for the marathon game’s final out.
The Aggies (19-13) will South champion Sumrall at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the first game of their best-of-three state championship series. The second game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Kossuth lost to Southeast Lauderdale in last year’s 3A title series.
Read more about this game in Tuesday’s Daily Journal.