HUMBLE, Texas — In a game that featured tough pitching, missed opportunities and even some sloppy base running, Kirbyville (31-7-1) left Humble one win away from a State Tournament appearance after beating Pollok Central 2-1 in eight innings.
Even though the program's first trip to State is in sight, Head Coach Craig Jones says his team isn't looking ahead. "Oh we got a lot of things to correct. We've been in this situation before where we win game one and feel good about ourselves, the fans feel good and we go out there lose game two. So I'll remind them about that. We used what we needed tonight and did what we had to do tonight to win this one. And we're going to do the same thing tomorrow. We're not looking for the next game."
The Cinderella Bulldogs (23-15) grabbed the early momentum in the first inning with a solo home run by starting pitcher Logun Hobbs. Things would stay that way until the fourth. That's when Logan Webb came through with his first clutch performance of the night, delivering a two out base hit through the left side that would score Hunter Wallis.
McNeese signee James Burchett would get stronger on the hill as the night progressed, eventually going seven and two-thirds innings before being forced to leave the game after throwing 112 pitches and striking out eight. Tyler Brown relieved Burchett in the eighth, needing just pitches to get the final out.
That one out recorded would turn into a win for Brown thanks to more heroics by Logan Webb, though this time it wasn't a base hit that got the job done. Facing a two strike situation with the bases loaded and one out, Webb was hit by the pitch to force in the winning run.
Game two of the series is set for six o'clock Friday evening at Humble High School.