The Hebron Christian Eagles took on the Rams of Kemper Academy April 11 for the district championship on the campus of East Mississippi Community College.
HCS, undefeated in district play, had handed KA its only district defeat back in March earning a 10-3 win at Pheba. A win in the Friday game would clinch the district 3A title for Hebron but it was still statistically possible for Kemper to take over the title.
The Eagles made sure that would not happen. HCS started off strong in the bottom of the first with consecutive singles from Brandon England, Collin Moore, and Drew Myatt. Clay Faulkner and Payton Griffin would also add to the first inning hit total that would put Hebron up 4-0 going into the bottom of the first.
Myatt would then strike out the side and from then on the game was never in doubt.
HCS scored three more in the second, five in the third and four in the fourth to put the game away via the mercy rule.
Kemper scored two in the bottom of the fourth but never threatened.
“Our bats came out hot from the first pitch and, to their credit, our guys never took their foot off the gas,” said coach Cass Tapley. “In such a big game they came and took care of business. Drew had a great game on the mound. He had a no-hitter going into their last at-bat but had tweaked his ankle a little and gave up a couple of hits there in the last inning. We also played errorless ball behind him. It has been three or four years since our last district title in baseball and we look forward to going into the playoffs as a number one seed.”
The playoff road
Hebron will take on Carroll Academy in Carrollton in the first round of the playoffs with the first game scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The second game is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. at Hebron with a third game immediately to follow, if needed.