Kossuth 21, Yazoo County 6
Kossuth head coach Josh Dowdy said last Friday after his team lost 7-6 to Alcorn Central to settle for the third seed in Division 1-3A that it didn’t really matter to his team where they finished as long as they were in the playoffs.
“We knew we were gonna have to beat the best down the road if we are to win another state title and playing from the number two or three spot didn’t matter much,” said the Aggie skipper. “We have a motto here that when you get 10 wins in the playoffs that means a state title and I reminded our team tonight that we’re one step closer to that goal,” he continued.”We are one more step up the ladder and anytime you take a 1-0 lead in a series it’s very good.”
Dowdy and the Aggies didn’t know a whole lot about the visiting Panthers except for the fact they were the No. 2 seed out of Division 3-3A behind division champion East Side.
As it turned out, needing to know about their first playoff opponent wasn’t all that necessary as the Aggies scored 13 runs in the second inning while putting up 4-spots in both the first and third to grab a 21-0 lead after three.
Yazoo County had decided pregame not to go by the three inning run rule but to see how they would fare in a five-inning contest against the defending 3A state champions.
Kossuth responded mightily and gave a to-the-point answer by chasing starter Cameron Shaffer after the Panther hurler surrendered 14 of the first 17 runs in the game.
Zack Stacy started for the Aggies and earned the win on the mound by tossing three scoreless innings. Cody Weaver relieved Stacy in the fourth and allowed six runs on seven hits over the final two innings, but by that time the issue was all but settled.
Nik Wilcher, Blaine Mercer and Matthew Bobo all had multiple hits for Kossuth while Austin Higgs, Kaden Cooper and Stacy each slugged doubles. Stacy drove in three runs in the second on a bases-loaded double while Cooper had a two-run double to centerfield in the third to score Beau Lee and Charlie Bonee as Austin Higgs advanced to third.
Weather permitting, Kossuth will have the opportunity to wrap up the series at Yazoo County Friday evening.
The Aggies are now 15-11 on the season.
Biggersville 17, Blue Mountain 2
Coach Jackie Rowsey and the Lions played their regular season finale and finished in fine fashion by whipping Blue Mountain 17-2 in a run-rule game that lasted four innings.
Starting pitcher Tripp Campbell earned the win while Logan Mitchell, Jack Eaton and Chase Johnson each had three hits to lead the way as Biggersville pounded out 17 to match their run total.
The Lions used a 12-run third to establish a 16-2 lead and put themselves in position to end it in four.
With the victory, Biggersville moves to 12-7 and will be on the road at Simmons Friday weather permitting.
Kossuth 5, New Site 2
The Lady Aggies had already been eliminated from the playoffs but they could still play spoiler for the Lady Royals with a win in their final game of the season.
And they did just that, ending New Site’s season with a 5-2 victory, sending Belmont to the playoffs as the number four seed from Division 1-3A.
Macy Mask pitched a complete game two-hitter while Jade Barnes, Abby Lyles, and Avery Mullins collected six of Kossuth’s seven hits to pace coach Steve Lyles’ team.
The Lady Aggies finish the 2017 season with a 10-14 record.
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