For the first time since 2006, Pitkin will be playing for a chance to win the Class B state championship in the state semifinals.

Behind a six-strikeout performance from Garrett Edwards, Pitkin defeated Hicks 9-0 in the state quarterfinals Friday night at Pitkin High School.

"It feels pretty awesome," Pitkin assistant coach Michael Gomez said. "The guys have worked really hard. We're going to try and play the best we can play.

"Honestly, all week Garrett has wanted the ball. Last year, he had a rough inning in the quarterfinals, and he felt like he was little older and more prepared this time. He just gave us a heck of a performance."

Although Hicks was shut out on the board, the Pirates had multiple hard-hit balls hit straight at defenders.

"I felt like me had better hard contact than they did, but they found holes and we didn't," Hicks head coach Gary Williams said.

"We knew the caliber of pitcher (Edwards) was, and the type of baseball player he is. We tried to simulate that in practice, but it's not the same. He competed, and we competed. It just didn't fall for us tonight."

Pitkin got the offense rolling in the third inning, going up 1-0 on an RBI single by Edwards followed by a two-run single down the third base line by Grant Goleman.

The Tigers went up 4-0 on a balk before a 45-minute rain delay caused the game to come to a halt.

"We tried to keep them active, especially Garrett," Gomez said. "We didn't want him to go cold. We made sure he kept throwing. I think we warmed him up twice or three times during the delay. We wanted to keep the momentum and keep them engaged."

Pitkin increased its lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth after back-to-back singles by John Baker and Edwards.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Edwards had another single to drive in Jacob Thompson and Clay LeBlanc for the game's final runs.

The Pirates came up empty in the bottom of the seventh as the Tigers advanced to the state semifinals.

"I wouldn't trade my team for anybody's team," Williams said. "We've worked hard and guys have been there everyday putting in the effort and time. I know we lost tonight, but I couldn't be more proud of my team."

Pitkin will have to make some adjustments when playing in McMurry Park in Sulphur, but the Tigers do have some experience on the staff and from earlier in the season.

"We've played on turf once this year when we played down at Lake Charles College Prep," Gomez said. "We just have to keep them focused. We played in the Choudrant tournament, so we've stayed overnight before. Honestly, coach Randy Lansdale, this is his 11th time in the state tournament. He's pretty familiar with it."