Pirates blank Hornbeck to win Class C crown

Daniel Green | BWS Sports
The Hicks Pirates won their 14th baseball state championship on Saturday by defeating the Hornbeck Hornets on Saturday in the Class C finals at McMurry Park in Sulphur, 4-0. The 14th title ranks second in state history, trailing only Jesuit High School in New Orleans.

SULPHUR - A decade after winning their last championship, the top-ranked Hicks Pirates are back on top of the mountain.

Zach Haymon fired a three-hitter, while Aiden Coffman doubled and scored two runs as the Pirates defeated District 3-C rival and sixth-seeded Hornbeck in the Class C finals on Saturday at McMurry Park in Sulphur, 4-0.

Haymon, the game's Most Outstanding Player, pitched efficiently as he threw only 68 pitches over seven innings with five strikeouts. 

Zach Haymon (3) fired a three-hitter en route to a complete-game victory over Hornbeck, 4-0, in the Class C championship contest on Saturday.

In a game where hitting was at a premium, the Pirates were unable to get to Hornbeck starter Cayden Fox through the first two innings as he faced just six batters.

But things turned in Hicks favor in the third inning. 

Coffman connected on a leadoff double and later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Hunter Thacker, giving Hicks a 1-0 lead.

Haymon was able to hold serve and keep Hornbeck at bay, despite allowing a couple of runners on over the next few innings.

Michael Mason entered to pitch in the fourth and kept the Pirates' bats silent until the sixth inning.

Haymon reached on an error and pinch runner Kane Hagan reached third on a bunt from Conner Helton. Hagan scored on a bunt from Dalton Edwards and Helton made his way to third.

Helton scored on a pickoff play a little later and Coffman, who had walked, scored on a single from Hayden Doyle, allowing Hicks to take a 4-0 lead.

As his Pirates headed out to play the seventh, Hicks head coach Gary Williams reminded his team that they've been able to get three outs all season long and nothing should change now.

Fox singled with two outs to go in the frame, but Hicks recorded the final out to secure the championship, the 14th in school history, which ranks second in the Louisiana record book.

Pelt, Helton and Doyle joined Coffman with a hit each for Hicks. Doyle had an RBI, as did Edwards and Thacker.

Fox suffered the loss, giving up one run on one hit. Offensively, Fox led Hornbeck with two hits, while Waylon Woodell added a hit.

Hornbeck first baseman Caleb Britt reaches out for the throw during the early moments of the Hornets' loss to Hicks on Saturday, 4-0.
The Hornbeck Hornets claimed the Class C state runner-up trophy on Saturday as they fell to district rival Hicks, 4-0.