Pascagoula Panthers to play for Baseball State Championship Saturday

Pascagoula baseball is still on the hunt for a Gold Glove.

It’s only fitting that each of the three times Head Coach Richie Tillman has led the Panthers to the 5A Baseball State Championship, the state title has been decided in the final game of the series.

Here’s how the Panthers found themselves in a winner-take-all game three against Saltillo.

In game one, the bats were on fire for Pascagoula with the help of sophomore Keilon Parnell and junior Houston Johnson each hitting a triple and Sean Smith with a ground-rule double in addition to his three RBI.

Sophomore Brayden Scott held it down on the mound, getting five strikeouts and only one ERA in the Panthers 12-1 win over the Tigers.

Game two was a different story, Panthers this time just weren’t able to ignite the same kind of offense they had in game one.

Saltillo scoring three runs in the first two innings, eventually tacking on a fourth. Pascagoula’s defense kept them in the game. However, no Panthers were able to get across home plate. Tigers taking game two 4-0.

However, Coach Tillman isn’t worried about his players bouncing back from the loss when it matters most. “Not that we need to change anything, it’s just understand that we have to do what we’ve been doing what has gotten us to this point. We don’t have to do anything extra. We just have to play the kind of baseball we’ve been playing. I think they were really focused on the way up. I think they understand that they need to take care of business. Now we’re going to be loose and we’re going to have fun. But they also understand that this is not a business trip, it’s a result-oriented trip and we want the ultimate, best results.”

That winner-take-all game three is set for early Saturday. First pitch is at 10 a.m. Panthers just one win away from forever.

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