A big day from John Baker, at the plate and on the mound, led No. 4 Pitkin to a district win over No. 8 Hicks.

Baker threw six shutout innings and knocked in two runs as the Tigers defeated the Pirates 6-0 Tuesday night at Hick High School.

"We didn't hit well," Hicks coach Gary Williams said. "That's been our Achille's heel all year. Against good teams, you can't do that.

"They're a good team. We didn't play with any emotion or desire."

Baker allowed two hits over six innings while striking out six and went 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored.

Hicks struggled to get runners on, collecting just four hits and walking three times.

"We don't hit curveballs and are not real good with fastballs," Williams said. "We let their No. 3 or 4 guy beat us. They're just better than us."

Pitkin lead 1-0 after the second inning and added another run in the third inning on an RBI single by Jacob Thompson to score Scotty West from third base.

After the second inning, Hicks pitcher Collin Cowgill found his rhythm, shutting out Pitkin until the the seventh inning.

Cowgill allowed eight hits over six innings with two strikeouts and three earned runs.

"He pitched well for the most part," Williams said. "He got out of some jams and stuff. The seventh inning just caught up to him."

In the seventh inning, the Tigers extended their lead with an RBI double by Baker, who would later score on an error to make it 5-0.

A bases loaded walk to score Garrett Edwards make it 6-0 for the game's final run.

Hicks started the bottom of the seventh with a double and a single, but were unable to get them across.

"We just have to come back to practice the next day and work hard," Williams said.