St. Martin gracious in championship defeat


The St. Martin baseball team was just two wins away from making history on Friday night, but it just wasn’t mean to be for the Yellowjackets.

For the second year in a row, Desoto Central proves to be too much for a team from the Gulf Coast with St. Martin failing to score a run in Friday’s game two of the 6A state championship series.

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A lack of timely hitting, four errors, and 13 left on base made it difficult to keep up with the back-to-back champs, but an incredibly special and historic run for the Yellowjackets nonetheless. St. Martin Head Baseball Coach Kary Bridges said “It’s tough to have a dream that we want to win a state championship after you struggle the way that they struggled as even freshman. But they never wavered from that dream and they were real close. So just their resiliency, what they gave to me. New coach came in and I expect a lot, I’m not easy to play for. I’m not, I expect a lot, I expect a lot of things out of you and they just hey. They expected it out of themselves, they held their teammates accountable and they turned this program around. We just made it easier for the next team to get back here from St. Martin because a bunch of kids that watched us play all year, but especially the last two or three weeks. They know it can be done.”

When the Jackets are able to process the loss and reflect on the season that was, they’ll remember everything. They’ll remember their first trip to South State since 1995 and their first ever South State title.

They’ll remember than ten run first inning against Biloxi that got them to Pearl and they’ll remember their six seniors that won as many playoff games this year, six, as they did when they were freshmen in the regular season.

The Yellowjackets wrap up the 2019 campaign as Region 7 Class 6A champions with an overall record of 27-9.