Pelham High School junior left-handed pitcher Jack Pierce fired a two-hit shutout to beat Hewitt-Trussville 1-0 in the second and final game of the AHSAA Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium.
Panthers (28-13) claimed the school's first state baseball championship since 2004. Head Coach Sean Anderson, in his first year as head coach, spent 18 years as an assistant coach at Pelham. The last six were as an assistant to Jeff Mauldin, who left Pelham after last season to take over the Hewitt baseball program.
Pierce (8-2) struggled early with location of pitches but settled down quickly. He didn't allow a hit until Cyle Moore singled with one out in the third inning. Moore, who got both Hewitt hits, also singled to lead off the sixth inning. He finished with eight strikeouts and just three walks.
Pelham got its only run off Huskies pitcher Alec Talley (9-4) in the top of the fourth when Chase Brashier doubled to center field and scored on Aaron Anderson's double up the middle. Talley allowed just six hits, walked one and struck out three.
No player got two hits off Talley. Fletcher Johnson, Sam Finnerty, Alex Urban and Thomas Lowery all collected hits. Urban had a double. Lowery, who pitched Friday night's 3-2 win, was named the 6A series MVP. Lowery tossed a three-hitter and struck out 10 in his mound appearance.
Hewitt-Trussville (34-11) set a school record for wins this season in Mauldin's first year. He is now 428-126 in his prep coaching career. He led Clay-Chalkville to the state championship in 2003 and to a runner-up finish in 2005 and 2006.
COURTESY: AHSAA Media Relations
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