PEARL – Taylorsville only got one hit Thursday afternoon against East Webster, but it was a big one.
Anfernee Sullivan’s inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the sixth inning scored two runs and allowed the Tartars to escape with a stunning 3-2 victory in the second game of the Class 2A State Championship series at Trustmark Park
As a result, Taylorsville’s quest for a three-peat as 2A champs remains alive. The Tartars (28-10-1) will battle the Wolverines (30-5) at 1 p.m. Saturday in a winner-take-all championship game.
Taylorsville got an unearned run in the first inning, but East Webster took the lead with two runs in the fifth, and it looked like the Wolverines might make that stand up.
Through 5 2/3 innings, Derek Jones and Kolby Crowley had a combined no-hitter going. But one of three errors, coming on a sacrifice bunt, kept the inning alive and allowed Sullivan to come to bat.
He hit a sinking line drive that skipped between the leftfielder and centerfielder and rolled all the way to the fence in left-centerfield.
The speedy Sullivan motored around the bases and scored standing up for the go-ahead run.
Joseph Gateley (10-3) went the distance for the Tartars. He allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two. Jones started for East Webster and went 4 1/3 innings. Crowley went the final 1 2/3 innings, and took the loss.
Oxford 9, George County 0
The Chargers unleashed the heavy lumber right from the start and rolled to their second title in the second game of the Class 5A State Championship Series.
Oxford (35-1) had previously won the Class 4A state title in 2005.
The Chargers opened the game with three runs in the top of the first inning and never let up, adding one run in the second, two in the third and three more in the fifth. Two of the runs in the fifth came in on a triple by Grae Kessinger into the gap in deep left-centerfield.
George County (22-8) only managed three hits off Oxford pitcher Jason Barber (12-0), singles by Ian Goff in the fourth and Walker Robbins in the fifth, and a double by Goff in the sixth.
Barber, a junior right-hander, struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter in going the distance for Oxford. Goff (7-3) started for the Rebels and went 4 and 1/3 innings. He allowed 10 hits, struck out three and walked two.
Kessinger drove in three runs for the Chargers.