The Sneads Pirates took on a familiar opponent in Altha for the AA district championship and picked up a 6-4 win to claim the district championship and advance to the state tournament. Right there with the team the entire way from the day all-stars were selected was their biggest fan, their mascot Weston Lewis. Weston has an interest in the game in that his brother Bryan is a key part of the team. He was there through every heated practice leading up to the district games and did not miss a game, cheering them on with they were leading and picking them up when they were down. Another key member of the team was Jolie’ Melancon who was the team’s ball girl. She put the balls in the machine at almost every practice and worked hard catching them coming back.
Altha plated one run in the top of the first inning. Bryson Lewis led off with a single to get things started for the Pirates in the bottom of the first inning. Donnie Green singled to move Lewis into scoring position. Dennis Adams doubled home two runs, followed by three straight outs leaving Adams stranded at third.
For Altha, they were unable to put any runs on the scoreboard in the top of the second. With one out, Caden Taylor had a hard hit in the bottom of the frame for the Pirates. Will Green had a well-placed hit, but no runs crossed the plate.
Neither team could put a run on the board in the third inning.
After a scoreless top of the inning for Altha, the Pirates had a timely hit from Dennis Adams in the bottom of the fourth inning. Noah McCormick followed suit with a hit of his own, with Adams and McCormick crossing the plate before the final two outs were made.
Altha scored their final two runs in their half of the fifth inning. Will Green had a two-out hit for the Pirates in the bottom of the fifth but was left at third.
Both teams were retired in order in the sixth inning.
Altha was unable to add any runs to their score in the top of the seventh and final inning. Donnie Green had a solid hit to get things going for Sneads. Dennis Adams brought the crowd to their feet when he had an inside-the-park HOMERUN and added two RBIs to his stats. With two outs, Preston Olvera tripled but was left on third but Sneads had secured the championship win.
Congratulations to the Sneads Pirates from the publisher and staff at the Jackson County Times.
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