Houston County comes back in Game 3 to take school’s first baseball championship
The Bears had been down 3-0 and then 4-1, and had brought the deficit to one in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday in Game 3 of the GHSA 5A baseball state championship.
Hunt Smith was at the plate. He fought off pitch after pitch, several of which he hit foul to the right. Finally, he got the one he wanted and launched the ball well over the right field fence. It was fair this time, and it was a grand slam. Houston County led 7-4.
The Bears added another run in the bottom of the sixth with Josh Profit’s solo shot. Whitewater scored two runs in the top of the fifth, but that’s all the Wildcats could do.
The game ended with a third straight comeback win. Whitewater erased a 5-1 deficit to win Game 1 Monday, and Houston County erased a 6-0 deficit to win Game 2.
It’s the first state title for Houston County baseball. Coach Jason Brett addressed fans at the school Tuesday night when the team returned home.
“When you get down 6-0 and you get down 3-0 in two elimination games in the state finals, it would have been easy for this bunch to just kind of fold up and say, ‘Great year. Let’s go home.’
“There was no denying this group. I’m extremely proud to be their coach. I just want to say thank you to all the fans–all the support you guys showed all year for this bunch.
“We beared down, we expected excellence, and we brought it home.”
HoCo is the first school from Houston County to win a state baseball title since Perry did it in 2001.