district title for PC
For the second consecutive season, the Platte County
Pirate baseball team won the District 16 Championship.
The Pirates post season journey continues this week with
sectional competition. Platte County will host Smithville
at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
This year the Pirates defeated Maryville in the championship
game to win the title. This win over Maryville came less
than a week after being defeated by Maryville at the end
of regular season play.
The Pirates jumped out to an early lead over Maryville
in the top of the first inning when senior Dusty Hylton
led the game off with a double. Two batters later, Hylton
scored on a single by senior Tyler Warner, giving the
Pirates a 1-0 lead midway through the first inning.
Senior pitcher Tyler Shaw took the mound for the Pirates,
and did not allow any runs to score while giving up one
hit, while striking out three during the inning.
Neither team scored during the second inning of play,
but the Pirates were able to increase their lead by two
runs in the third inning. During this inning, senior Trevor
Clay and sophomore Jake Blackwood both scored off of a
single by junior Cory Williams to give the Pirates a 3-0
lead over Maryville.
Both teams were shut out in the fourth inning, but both
teams were able to score a run apiece in the fifth inning.
Hylton scored the run for the Pirates off of a single
by Blackwood. Maryville scored one run in the fifth, but
left runners on second and third base when Shaw struck
out a batter to end the inning. After the fifth inning,
the Pirates then led Maryville 4-1.
The Pirates scored their final run in the sixth inning
when sophomore Jeremy Wilson scored on a hit by sophomore
Ryan Weedin. This eventually led to a 5-1 victory over
Maryville, and yet another District title.
The Pirates had eight hits throughout the ballgame, while
Maryville had three hits, and neither team committed any
Shaw was awarded his fifth victory of the season, for
Platte County, after pitching the complete ballgame. Shaw
only gave up three hits, three walks, and one earned run
throughout his seven innings pitched, while striking out
Blackwood helped to lead the Platte County offense with
two hits, a single and a double, a run batted in and a
run scored. Williams had one single and two runs batted
in. Hylton had a double and two runs scored. Warner had
a single and a run batted in. Junior Luke Rainey had two