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Another district title for PC

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

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 errors.

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 ten batters.

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 singles.