After a close 4-3 win against Houston High School Thursday, the West Lauderdale High School baseball team made things a lot less interesting Friday for the second game of the series.
The Knights blanked Houston, 8-0, to secure the MHSAA Region 4-4A title and secure their best regular-season stretch since 1974.
"The kids played great," head coach Jerry Boatner said. "This is our 29th district (title) in the last 30 years — we've either won or shared it — so it's kind of expected of us. We have a 22-game winning streak, and in '74 we won 21 straight, so I'm proud of that."
Ryan Lane was the winning pitcher for West. He went 5 2/3 innings, surrendering no runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out six. Reed Michel pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, striking out two and giving up just two hits.
Fred Franklin went 2-for-5 for the Knights with a triple and two runs scored at the plate. Colton McKeithen had two RBIs for West, and Chase McClelland, Daniel Hill and Will Stokes added RBIs.
West (22-0, 10-0) will play at Northeast Lauderdale and Meridian high schools at 1 and 6 p.m., respectively.
NEWTON COUNTY 2
A six-run first inning for Kosciusko High School put Newton County High School in a hole as the Cougars fell to the Whippets Friday afternoon.
Newton County managed just five hits on the afternoon, and no one for the Cougars had more than one hit. Cain Cleveland, Jacob Edwards and Cale Hollingsworth all had doubles for Newton County, and Eli Harrison was credited with an RBI.
Walter Williams took the loss for Newton County, going just 2/3 of an inning and giving up six runs, four earned, on five hits and one walk.
The Cougars (14-10, 7-2) will play at Quitman High School Monday.
NORTHEAST LAUDERDALE 10,
NORTHEAST JONES 4
(Late Thursday score)