Class AAA Championship
North Hall 6, Pierce County 5
North Hall won its first baseball state championship by holding off Pierce County in Game 2 Thursday at Grayson Stadium in Savannah.
Pierce County had the tying run on second base after scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh to pull within one, but Corban Meeler, who started the game, got a flyout to left to end it.
The Trojans scored all six of their runs in the third inning, as Game 1 winning pitcher Reese Olson drove in the game’s first run off Pierce County starter Cody Williams.
The Trojans sent 11 batters to the plate in the third and tagged Williams for six hits. Pierce County responded with three runs in the bottom of the third and made it 6-4 in the fourth, but Meeler preserved that two-run lead by forcing a double play with the bases loaded to end the inning.
North Hall 9, Pierce County 2
Reese Olson pitched a complete game, his fifth of the postseason in five starts, in North Hall’s win in Game 1.
The Trojans, seeking their first state championship, struck with three runs in the first inning and put the game out of reach in the sixth inning with four more.
Charlie Erickson started the scoring with two RBIs in the opening frame and Olson also drove in a run. Pierce County starter Cody Grant was pulled after two innings. North Hall added two more runs in the fifth inning on a Jackson Latty two-RBI single to make it 5-2, and Olson came through again in the sixth inning with two more RBIs, finishing the game with three.
Latty also had three RBIs, and Taber Mongero scored three runs. Olson gave up seven hits in handing Pierce County its first loss of the playoffs.