How East Central baseball ended a 14 -year drought to win its first state title since 2008

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PEARL – Andrew Marble grew to hear about the 2009 East Central baseball team. The Hornets will win the state championship in 2008 and return to the MHSAA Class 5A championship series against West Lauderdale.

The Hornets fell to the Knights in three games, but the team is still respected at Moss Point. This is the last team to make a state championship series, until this year.

“The last time we came here was 2009 and he was still talking about it like yesterday,” Marble said. “We didn’t win in 2009. He didn’t tell us how long he would talk about it.”

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Marble gave the community another team to discuss Monday at Trustmark Park. Junior scored a game-winning run in an East Central 3-2 win in eight rounds on Tuesday against Neshoba Central, then followed with a pitching gem in Game 2. Marbles allowed five hits, one earned run with five strikeouts as the Hornets (28-6 ) won 7-3 to claim the MHSAA Class 5A championship.

Marbles had a 9-2 record with a 0.86 ERA into Game 2 and coach Bo Long was surprised as he handed one RBI to Demarkez West in the first half. East Central still won 2-1 against Neshoba Central (27-7). The rest is up to Marble.

“In the four postseasons started, it could be the second race we’ve done this year,” Long said.

“He was really good to us all year and this is what we expected when he went up the mountain. He was really good to us.”

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Senior Hollis Porter went on to score for the Hornets at number four. Mississippi State’s commitment has been a two-triple run for the right field to extend the East Central lead. Porter finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs in Game 2. He finished the year with 30 RBIs and six home runs.

Hollis is positive the Hornets will respond offensively after only scoring three runs in 10 hits in Game 1. East Central is “hunting the ball fast” and making history with the program’s third state champion.

“It’s a very big problem,” Hollis said. “Everyone in our community will love this. It’s a dream come true.

“Everyone will remember this for a long time.”

East Central went 8-1 in the playoffs and held their opponents to 2.1 per game. Game 2’s victory was in the Hornets ’sixth consecutive game of holding opponents to three or less.

East Central’s pitching dominance helped end the 14 -year drought and had to wait.

“In the last 10 years, this is our fourth trip to a southern state and we haven’t been able to overcome that hump and it’s finally workable,” Long said.