Still, Berryhill knew from watching the state tournament's first two days that Plainview was perfectly capable of a late rally.
The Indians (33-7) won a 10-inning, 2-1 battle with Catoosa in the quarterfinals, then scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally past Byng in a 4-3 semifinal win.
“Our guys knew, even going into the seventh inning, they've had two huge comebacks both days,” said Berryhill coach Brian Hailey. “Our hats off to them. They had a great run, great team.”
Jackson completed a stellar high-school career with a gutsy state tournament run, and now moves on to his college career at Arkansas. He signed with the Razorbacks in November.
“This was an awesome way to go out, but I'm excited for (Arkansas),” Jackson said. “I fell in love with the campus down there, I couldn't ask to go anywhere better.”
Hailey added, “He's a special player. He's a once-in-a-lifetime player. He's still got better days ahead of him; I promise you.”