Baylor 4, McCallie 1. With a lot of attention placed on the high-powered offense of the Baylor baseball team, great pitching by Patrick Johnson, the second straight gem by a a Baylor pitcher, helped the Raiders beat McCallie 4-1 Wednesday and advance to the state championship game.
Johnson had a no-hitter for four innings before allowing a two-out single in the fifth. He pitched around a leadoff single in the sixth and allowed a leadoff homer in the seventh for McCallie's third hit and only run. Johnson struck out six Tornado hitters and did not walk a batter. For the tournament, Baylor pitchers Jay Dill and Johnson have two complete games, have allowed just one run on six hits, and struck out 20.
Baylor's Cooper Kinney broke a scoreless tie with a two-out solo homer in the third inning. The Raiders tacked on another run in the fourth when Jonathan Larrea's sac fly scored Nick Kurtz, who had walked, stolen second, and advanced to third by tagging up on Hunter Herndon's fly ball out. Baylor scored two insurance runs in the fifth with Danny Corona tripling in Caleb Hampton, who had reached on an error, and Kinney driving in Corona with his second hit of the game. John Emendorfer also had a hit for the Raiders.
Baylor, 26-4, plays Briarcrest, an 11-1 winner over McCallie in the loser's bracket final, Thursday for a third straight state title. A Raider loss would force a second game in the double-elimination format.
(photos by Robin Rudd, timesfreepress.com)