SULPHUR — Pitkin is partying like its 1999.

With the help of a strong pitching performance from senior Grason Dauzat, a few timely hits, and some defensive miscues from the opponent, Pitkin defeated Converse 7-0 to win the Louisiana Class B state baseball championship on Monday evening at McMurry Park.

The win gave Pitkin it's first state championship in baseball since 1999. All of this in head coach J.C. Holt's first year as the Tigers' head coach after six seasons in the same position at Holy Savior Menard.

"Feels amazing," Holt said. "To be honest with you, if it wasn't for these kids and the good Lord, I don't know where we would be. These guys fought all year. We made a pact at the beginning of the year that it was state championship or bust. It's hard to do. We played well all year long, we had a couple of ups and downs, but they fought through it. It's hard to do when you got a target on your back, everybody expecting us to play well. We came out and we succeeded."

Dauzat and Converse starting pitcher Chance McDonald were both solid in the game. They each went the first two innings pitching scoreless ball. After Converse didn't score in the top of the third, Pitkin started the scoring in the bottom half of the inning and got all they needed to secure the win. With two runners on and two outs, junior Garrett Edwards broke the scoreless tie with a run-scoring single that drove in Scotty West, who initially got on with a two-out base hit.

The next at-bat, Converse chose to intentionally walk Dauzat, which brought clean-up batter Adrian Nolen to the plate. It seemed as if Converse would get out of the inning with the one-run deficit, but Nolen's pop fly to shallow center field was dropped. Because all the Tiger runners were on the go with two outs, the bases were cleared and all three runs easily scored to give Pitkin a 4-0 lead.

Another error hurt Converse in the fourth inning when — with two on — the Wildcat right fielder dropped what looked like a routine fly ball. Those two Pitkin runners scored and Pitkin added one more run in the fifth inning thanks to an RBI-single from sophomore Ethan West.

That run support was more than enough for Dauzat. The senior's last ever high school baseball game was a success, as he pitched a complete game three-hit shutout, striking out eight batters and only walking four. And he did all of that on a hurt ankle. Converse's best chance to score runs came early in the game, as they got runners to second and third base in the top of the first inning thanks to some Dauzat walks. But he worked through and was able to retire the side without giving up any runs.

"It was tough," Dauzat said. "I couldn't find my release point early in the game. After getting out of that first inning, I settled down, got through it, had good defense behind me. I feel like, all the adrenaline running through me, I couldn't feel my ankle."

By the late stages of the game, Dauzat settled down and dominated. He retired the Converse batters in order to finish the game. For his performance, Dauzat was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Class B State Championship.

Senior Scotty West had mixed emotions after the game knowing that they won the state championship, but that it would also be his last ever high school game.

"It's going to be tough knowing that it's my senior year and I'll never step foot on a field," Scotty West said. "But I'm glad I ended it this way."

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