HICKS – The Pirates went through the ringer in the regular season, playing in one of the toughest districts in Class B.
Hicks is hoping to use the lessons learned to make a deep playoff run, and it took the first step, knocking off Kenner Discovery-Heath Sciences Academy 19-0 in five innings Tuesday night at home.
"The guy on the mound did all he could do, but he was throwing under 60," Hicks head coach Gary Williams said. "It's hard to be patient with that kind of stuff. We worked yesterday on waiting back. I got a little aggravated at times, but I know the kids are working and trying. They did a good job, but it's the playoffs and anything can happen."
Kenner is in the second year of its baseball program and struggled to match up with the experience Hicks team.
Three Hicks pitchers – Trace Williams, Collin Cowgill and Hunter Thacker – combined for a no-hitter and gave up just two walks.
"I've tinkered with the lineup, and I think I have it where I want it," Williams said. "The one thing we are trying to do is to get Trace some innings on the mound. Today, he threw two good innings, and that's a start. We'll have to have him along with Collin, Hunter and other guys."
Hicks went up 3-0 after Dylan Williams scored on a passed ball and Cowgill doubled to score Zach Harper and Trey Norris.
In the second, Norris singled to plate Zach Haymon and Harper to go up 6-0.
The No. 5 Pirates (19-8) scored six in the third and added seven in the fourth, capped off with a 3-run home run by Cowgill, to go up 19-0.
Williams went 2-for-3, and Cowgill went 2-for-3 with five RBIs. Zayne Earl also picked up two hits in the win.
"We are a mixture with six seniors and just two juniors," Williams said. "I have relied on the seniors all year to stay up and teach the younger guys our brand of baseball. I've told everyone that our district is one of the toughest, if not the toughest district in the state.
"I tell my guys everyday that if we play Hicks baseball, I'm confident we can put ourselves int he position to make things happen."