Game 3 is set for Tuesday night in Soso.
Pascagoula’s bats denied West Jones a clean sweep of the 5A South State series Monday night, defeating the Mustangs 13-3 in Game 2. The loss for West Jones forces a deciding Game 3 back in Soso Tuesday night.
“Credit to Pascagoula,” said West Jones head coach Trey Sutton. “They did a great job at the plate. Then they kept swinging. It’s baseball. It happens. You’re going to face adversity. Like we just told our kids, it’s about how you respond to it.”
West Jones starter Kace Matthews pitched three complete innings of no-hit baseball before a Pascagoula single to right field in the fourth started a chain reaction of hits against three different Mustang pitchers.
"We knew coming into this series that Pascagoula could swing it," said West Jones head coach Trey Sutton. "Till that fourth inning, and the last 10 innings in this series, did a good job of limiting [Pascagoula's bats]. But tonight, they found some good holes and, well, that's baseball."
Pascagoula scored three runs in fourth, three in the fifth, and seven in the sixth on 11 hits. All runs by the Panthers were earned.
Clayton Widener gifted West Jones with an early 2-0 lead before the Pascagoula bats woke up.
Widener ripped a solo home run over the wall in left field in the second inning, then added an RBI double in the third to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead.
Then came the furry of Pascagoula’s offense, setting up a showdown in Soso on Tuesday night.
'These are the games you play for to go to state," said Sutton. "We like the fact that we're playing at home, and we'll have Cole Tolbert on the mound, so there are some positives for Tuesday night.
“Any time we’ve had Cole Tolbert on the mound, we’ve felt good. We feel like he gives us a chance to win every time he goes out.
Tolbert threw a gem in Game 1, allowing just three Pascagoula hits and striking out 13 in six innings of work.
“I’m sure Pascagoula will start their number one guy,” added Sutton. “So, we’ll have to battle that, compete, and get after that.”