“I wasn't too worried,” Sanford said. “He wasn't too far off. He was around the plate. I felt we had the momentum. We just needed someone to hit the ball and let us make a play.”
As they have four previous times during his career, the Pirates (29-4) will hand the ball to Anderson with a state title on the line.
“We've got our No. 1. He's ready to go,” Sanford said. “Things are lined up. Now all we've got to do is go do it.”
Silo 13, Caney Valley 1
The Rebels sent 11 hitters to the plate in a six-run second to coast to a 13-1, five-inning, run-rule win over Caney Valley.
Silo (31-5) rapped out 13 hits. Third baseman Leonard Sandler was 2-for-2 with three RBIs, a two-run triple in the first and an RBI single in a five-run third.
Rebels designated hitter K.C. Walls supplied a two-run single in the second. Jarris Hamilton was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Catcher Andrew Bolin had two hits and scored three runs.
Silo freshman left-hander Trenton Long picked up the win. Long came on in the second inning to work out of a jam that preserved a 2-1 lead. Improving to 3-1, Long pitched the final 3/13 innings.