BY BRANDON SPECK
WATER VALLEY – Hamilton’s bid for a third consecutive trip to Pearl for the MHSAA baseball championships was brought to an abrupt end on Saturday in Water Valley.
After a two-hour rain delay, the Blue Devils got six scoreless innings from starter Shonquayle Jenkins and Josh Johnson finished up for a save in a 2-0 win. Water Valley beat Hamilton 6-5 at Hamilton on Friday in a two-game sweep of the Lions in the third round of the 2009 MHSAA Class 2A baseball playoffs.
“Everything you hear is it will be two-and-out for Water Valley, but it’s baseball,” Water Valley coach Doug Robbins said. “We were fortunate last night to win. The thing about this group is they’ve gotten better each week. We were confident we were going to beat Hamilton. They are a great baseball team.”
Hamilton was the Class 1A runner-up in 2007 and 2A runner-up last season. Water Valley was 2A runner-up in 2006.
Water Valley (20-9) scored on Drew Pratt’s two-out double in the first inning and Jenkins scored on a sacrifice fly in the third.
Hamilton (21-7), which committed five errors in a 6-5 loss on Friday, got Austin Earnest on first with a walk to open the top of the seventh, but left him stranded as Johnson got an infield fly, a strikeout and a groundout to end the game.
“They were a couple hits better than us,” said Hamilton coach Lewis Earnest. “They got a couple of breaks. We didn’t get a couple of breaks. That’s part of the game, just like the rain is.”
Chase Reeves (8-1) allowed only two runs in the loss.
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