MHSAA notebook: Take one for the team

baseball_icon_greenBy Gene Phelps

Daily Journal

PEARL – Connar Boyer had the game-winning RBI for Kossuth in its 4-3 Class 3A state championship win Friday against Sumrall when he was hit by a pitch.

“I wanted to go up there and get a hit,” the sophomore shortstop said.

Not get hit. But, he’ll take it.

“Yes, that was fine,” he said of getting plunked. “I’m satisfied.”

Sophomore outfielder Jacob Wilcher told teammate Reed Mitchell, a second baseman, “I said, ‘Watch this, it’s going to be a walk-off walk … and it happened.”

Remember when

Sophomore center fielder Jacob Wilcher got the championship run going last season when he plated the game-winning run in the 18th inning against Independence.

The marathon game put Kossuth in the title series, which they won in two games against Sumrall.

“Last year, everybody was saying, ‘Who’s that?,’’’ he said. “Nobody knew about us. We just got hot in the playoffs. This year, we had the mentality that we could win it in two.”

Strong effort

Kossuth junior right-hander Garison Lathrop was the winning pitcher in Friday’s clincher. He relieved starter Nikolas Wilcher in the first inning.

Lathrop escaped the inning with a double play. He gave up six hits, one earned run, recorded three strike outs and walked two.

“I just wanted to get the out, something where the team could turn two,” he said.

TV time

Four of this week’s championship series playoff games were televised live by Mississippi Public Broadcasting. All of the games are being streamed live.

Friday’s Kossuth-Sumrall game was one of the one’s selected to be televised. The MHSSA has never televised baseball live until this year.

“We’ve gotten a lot of feedback,” said play-by-play announcer Will Kollmeyer, Itawamba Community College’s director of media relations. “People have been watching.”