Hicks went up early and was able keep Hornbeck at bay as it claimed its second district win of the year.

The two teams combined for nine hits, total, but Hicks moved guys around the bases to defeat Hornbeck 5-3.

Hicks took an early 4-1 lead in the second inning, but Hornbeck scored in the top of the third inning after Chase Hopkins tagged up from third on a fly ball from Kyle Hopkins to make it 4-2.

"I don't know if it was spring break or what, but we looked dead from the beginning," Hornbeck coach Jamie Cook said. "We had little simple fielding errors, and in a 5-3 ball game, those will get you."

The Pirates scored in the bottom of the fourth inning on an error to go up 5-2, but the Hornets answered in the top of the fifth with Grason Dauzet scoring on a groundout for the game's final run.

The rain began to come down in the seventh inning, but Collin Cowgill got Hornbeck (8-8, 0-2) to go three-up and three-down in the top of the last inning to seal the win.

The win puts the Pirates at 12-7 on the year and 2-2 in district play, and Hicks is still getting into the swing of things with some of its players just into baseball mode following a state playoff run in basketball.

"We've been up-and-down," Hicks coach Gary Williams said. "We haven't been consistent at all. We really need to start being more consistent if we want to make a run in the playoffs. One game, we may hit well, and the next game, we may pitch well.

"I had six that played basketball, and five of them start. They have been out here about three weeks. They're slowly coming along."

Trace Williams earned the win for Hicks, going four innings, striking out five and allowing four hits. Williams and Cowgill worked their ways out of bad spots with runners on base throughout the game.

"We don't want them to get into jams, but they have been able to work themselves out," Williams said. "We need to help them out by scoring runs though. I think we left the bases loaded twice in this game, so we just have to get them around."

Dauzet went four innings for Hornbeck and struck out seven while giving up just three hits.

"That was probably the worst outing Grayson has had," Cook said. "I think he's one the best pitchers in the state of Louisiana, bar none. I thought we were getting squeezed a little bit (at the plate), and those are strikes that we are used to getting. That put the pitch count up there."