WINONA, MS.—The Glenbrook Apaches took an uneasy road to their first MAIS State Baseball Championship Monday night at Winona Christian.
The Apaches won Game 1 of their three-game Championship series with the Stars last Tuesday, and were scheduled to finish out the series on Saturday. But heavy rains force the final two games to Monday.
The Apaches lost Game 2, 8-2, meaning Game 3 would be winner take all.
In that Game 3, the Apaches, and their road-weary parents, had to sit through two delays after lights at the stadium blew out. But all the delays made it even sweeter as the Apaches beat the Stars, 9-3, to take the Class A State baseball championships.
"We just have a great bunch of guys," Glenbrook head coach Jonathan Hardy said. "They all worked hard and never gave up. They had plenty of chances to pack it in, but they never gave up. They played great."
In the final game, Spencer White started on the mound and pitched well. He went the first 4 2/3 innings, giving up no earned runs on four hits. When he got into some trouble in the fifth inning, Logan Clark came in and pitched the Apaches out of trouble.
Clark went the final 2 1/3 innings to close out the game.
Offensively, Jacob White led the way by driving in three runs. Conner Copeland singled, doubled and drove in two runs and Austin Palmier, Clark and Cameron Matthews all singled. Caleb Wilson added a double.
"It was just a great effort by the boys," Hardy said. "They never gave up and pulled it out."
Winona Christian forced a Game 3 with an 8-2 win in Game 2.
Clarks, Palmier and Copeland all pitched in the game, and Jacob White, Copeland, Wilson and Spencer White all singled.
The championship capped a long season for the Apaches.
"It was just a huge tremendous grind for us," Hardy said. "We had a lot of comeback wins, and the guys showed a lot of heart all year long. They went out and proved they are true champions. It's going to take a while for all this to sink in, but it's just a great accomplishment for Glenbrook and for the city of Minden."