Hicks turns tables for title, beats Hornbeck in Class C rematch
Published 1:00 pm Saturday, May 14, 2022
SULPHUR — In a rematch of last year’s final, No. 3 Hicks got revenge as it jumped to a big lead on defending champion No. 4 Hornbeck en route to a 9-0 win in the Class C championship game Friday at McMurry Park.
The Pirates scored a combined seven runs in the first two innings, led by sophomore catcher Aiden Coffman, who was voted game MVP. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs. Conner Helton hit a three-RBI triple in the first inning and went 2-for-3.
Zach Haymon pitched six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts as the Pirates won their first state championship since 2011 and 14th overall.
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Hornbeck left seven runners stranded, including the bases loaded in the second inning.
The Aggies (29-7) scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a 6-6 tie.
Gavin Murphy went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs to earn game MVP. Landon Hennen pitched a complete game and had two hits and two RBIs.
Judge Boudreaux had two doubles and four RBIs to lead Converse (21-8). Caden Craig and Logan Carter added two hits each.
Three state title games will close out the state baseball tournament today.
At 2 p.m., defending Class 4A state champ and No. 1 seed North Vermilion (32-2) will face No. 15 South Terrebonne (20-15).
South Terrebonne is making its first appearance in the final, looking to knock off its fourth top-10 team in the playoffs.
The other 2 p.m. game will feature No. 1 Berwick (33-7) and No. 3 Lutcher (31-9), the 2021 state runner-up in the Class 3A final. Berwick is looking for its first title since 2018, while Lutcher’s last was 2013.
The Class 5A game will close out the tournament at 6 p.m. with No. 2 West Monroe (32-4) and No. 8 St. Amant (34-7).
St. Amant knocked off District 3-5A powers Barbe and Sulphur to get to the final.
West Monroe was the runner-up to Barbe last season.
It’s the first time since 2017 that a 3-5A team did not make the final.
Both teams rallied late to win their semifinals games. St. Amant had a six-run sixth inning, and West Monroe’s Trey Hawsey hit a walk-off three-run home run.