Taylorsville's Cedrick Beaver scores on a hit Thursday night against Mize. Beaver had three hits for the Tartars in the contest.

Region 5-2A belongs to Taylorsville.

Taylorsville defeated Mize 11-1 on Thursday night in six innings to claim the 5-2A title.

"We came back and played a lot better tonight," said Taylorsville head baseball coach Dusty Hillman. "We got hits when we needed to."

Six of Taylorsville’s runs came with two outs in the fourth and fifth inning.

"That's just focus," said Hillman afterward. "Our guys kept their focus in those situations, knowing they needed to score. We put barrels on the balls when we needed to. We need to continue to play like that."

Leading 4-1 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Taylorsville scored four runs on an RBI single by Karson Evans and a two-run double from Aiden Moffett. They also scored a two-out run on a passed ball at the plate by Mize.

In the following bottom frame with two outs, Taylorsville added two more runs on RBI singles from Cedrick Beavers and Ty Keyes.

"Two-out runs are big in championship contest," added Hillman.

Beavers and Kelby Jordan led Taylorsville at the plate with three hits apiece. The Tartars banged out 11 hits in the 11-run contest.

Karson Evans started the game on the mound, but after giving up a leadoff walk was replaced by Tedrick Page.

“We had a lift on the mound,” said Hillman. “Karson was a little tender on the mound tonight. Tedrick came in and did a great job. He pitched out of a lot of tough situations.”

Mize had a runner at third in the first and second inning and bases loaded in the third, but Page pitched out of each inning, allowing just one Bulldog run.

Seventh-grader Noah Westbrook pitched the final two innings for Taylorsville and recorded the only two three-up, three-down frames on the night for both teams.

"He's done it all year," said Hillman. "He's a competitor. I know he's in the seventh grade, but he's a special kid for a seventh-grader. He goes out there and competes. He's won a lot of ball games for us this year.

"I've never asked a seventh-grader to do that, not on the mound at least, but he's good at it."

Taylorsville improves to 18-7 overall and 9-1 in Region 5-2A. The Tartars will be the one seed in the upcoming playoffs.