The top-seeded St. Elizabeth Hornets defeated the second-seeded Macks Creek Pirates 9-0 in the Class 1 District 9 championship game on Wednesday night in Wheatland.
It was a tough night for the Macks Creek bats as the Pirates were held to just one hit the entire night. Meanwhile, St. Elizabeth gradually built up its lead as the Hornets accumulated 14 hits of their own.
"We knew coming in that St. Elizabeth was a good team," Macks Creek skipper Jason Trusty said. “They played stellar defense, hit the ball and threw the ball well on the bump.
"I'm going to give my guys credit. They were on the brink of having their season end in five innings tonight, but found a way to keep prolonging the game until out 21 was recorded."
Hunter Lane took the loss for Macks Creek. The sophomore worked the first four innings and allowed nine runs, seven earned, on 12 hits while striking out two and walking one. Senior Justin Register relieved and worked the final two frames. He allowed two hits and walked two.
Offensively, Cole Register collected the lone Macks Creek hit, a single, in the third inning. Oscar Cortez walked and was hit-by-a-pitch and Trever Smith reached on a fielder's choice.
Macks Creek sees the season come to an end at 10-12.
"It's not how we wanted our season to end, but I'm proud of the way that my boys battled and played this year," added Trusty. “I'm excited to see how we are able to continue to build off of the experience that a lot of our guys got this season."
Courtesy of Macks Creek School District