The second game was pretty anticlimactic for Corinth Holders.
That’s because of what happened in the suspended game against defending Two Rivers 3A champion Triton late Monday afternoon.
The Pirates increased their five-run lead over the Hawks to 9-2, with senior Jake Lewis getting all nine outs as Corinth Holders clinched its first conference baseball title in its five years of existence.
Triton won the Senior Night second game 5-4, with the biggest blow a two-run homer from Brett McLamb.
The results improved Corinth Holders to 12-6, 8-2 in conference play while Triton went away 13-7 and 6-4.
“This is a big accomplishment for these guys,” said Corinth Holders coach Adam Weaver. “This team works extremely hard and has put a lot of time and effort into this baseball program.
“I am glad that they have reaped the reward for their hard work and dedication. They have worked harder than any other group I’ve ever coached. Pitching has been there for us, we’ve made most of the routine plays on defense and we’ve had a lot of timely hitting.”
In the opener, which had started with four innings in Erwin before it was suspended because of rain, senior Bobby Beare and Will Jones each doubled and singled while leadoff man Kahlil Hodge singled twice with an RBI for the Pirates in an 11-hit team effort.
“I felt really good,” said Lewis, who is bound for UNC Greensboro in the fall. “I’ve had a couple of days this season where everything went right and this was one of them.
“I was hitting all my spots with my curveball and my fastball. We’ve been talking for several days about ‘nine up, nine down’ and we were able to get it done.”
Pirate senior Nick Peach said the title was a compilation of four years of team effort.
“It means a lot for this group of seniors to be able to pull this off,” Peach said. “We’ve been focused and worked hard. We had the talent and we were finally able to pull together and win the championship.
“Now we’ll see if we can keep winning in the tournaments.”
In the nightcap, Triton scored three runs in the fourth to take the lead for good.
“I thought we played very well in the second game,” said Triton coach Joey Miriello, whose team left the park not knowing where it would finish in the conference standings. “Both teams were good. We were just able to get the big hit when we needed it and were able to hang on.”
David Phillips was the winner in relief for Triton, while starter Peach took the loss for the Pirates.
Triton took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap, as Tyler Vaughn drew a two-out walk and stole second and third before coming home.
The Pirates tied the score in the bottom of the frame, as Beare led off with a single and stole second before scoring on Lewis’ one-out single to right.
“We’re setting history for the school,” said Beare, who had two hits and a stolen base and scored twice in the nightcap. “A lot of hard work has paid off.
“We’ve been coming out and working hard since last summer, and we do a good job of not getting down on each other. We all know our roles and we work hard at that.”
Triton tacked on another run in the second, as Aaron Hedgepeth led off with a double and scored on Nick Monds’ one-out fly to center.
Corinth Holders took the lead with a pair of runs in the third. Lewis led off with a single followed by a walk to Peach. Lewis scored on Tyler Parker’s infield hit before courtesy runner Kody Cyr came home on a wild pitch.
But the Hawks struck for three runs on four hits in the fourth, including Monds’ one-out double to end Peach’s outing before McLamb greeted Grant Austin with a two-run homer to left.
The Pirates cut it to 5-4 in the fourth, as Beare led off with a hit off the third-base bag and scored on a wild pitch.