The Pike County Pirates added to their winning record as they defeated the Mary Persons Bulldogs (25-2, 11-0 in region) in a two-game series to finish the season undefeated in region play. The sweep of Mary Persons pushed the Pirates’ overall record to 26-2 and 14-0 in Region 2-AAA and secured the team’s fifth consecutive Region 2-AAA Championship.
The GHSA State championship begins Thursday, April 28 when Thomson High School travels to The Jack for a 4 p.m. first pitch in the first round of playoffs. The format will consist of a double-header on Thursday with game times of 4 and 6:30 p.m. Friday will be an if-necessary game three at 4 p.m.
On Tuesday, April 19, game one of the penultimate series of the year began at The Jack and it brought Mason Trucks to the mound for the Pirates. Trucks was dominant in his outing. Mary Persons had two hits, only one runner reach scoring position and was unable to produce a run. Trucks’ final line was seven innings pitched, two hits allowed, zero runs allowed and 10 strikeouts. The Pirates offense was aided by four hit by pitches and great plate discipline. Braden Osbolt opened the scoring for the Pirates with an RBI single in the third inning. Kaleb Hammond followed later in the inning with a two-run double in the right center field gap and a 3-0 lead. After Hammond added a sack fly in his next at bat to increase the score to 4-0, Caden Swift deposited a Bulldog pitch deep over the centerfield fence for a 6-0 lead and a game up in the region standings.
Thursday night’s game in Forsyth was more of the same in this series. The Pirates took an early lead after Christian Childress scored on a Braden Osbolt double. The lead increased to 3-0 on a two RBI single by Caden Swift. Osbolt then went to work on the mound throwing five innings of four-hit ball, pitching out of traffic all night and surrendering no runs. The offense exploded for 14 runs in the four innings, paced by Osbolt’s four-hit night.