Drake Douglas made the most of his last start of the year at home Friday night, as Saltillo wrapped up the two-game sweep of Lafayette with a 4-1 win.
With the win, the Tigers (23-10) advanced to the 5A State Championship, where they’ll face the West Jones – Pascagoula winner in a series set to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1 at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
West Jones leads the South State Championship series 1-0 following a 9-1 win Thursday night. Game Two in the series is set for Monday at Pascagoula.
Friday night in Oxford, Douglas allowed one unearned run on two hits and five walks with seven strikeouts. The sophomore was one out away from a complete game when he hit the pitch limit. He also homered and drove in two runs.
Ian Dillon got the last out to finish it. Wilson Varner was the hard-luck loser. Only one of the four Saltillo runs was earned, and Varner allowed just five hits and a walk in six innings.
The Tigers pounded out 10 runs on 10 hits and six walks in a 10-3 win in Game One Thursday night.