AUSTIN, Tx (KMSS/KTAL) – Rusk struck first in the UIL 4A State Championship. But, as the Pleasant Grove Hawks have done all-season long, they responded.
After the Eagles plated a run in the top of the third, Alex Murphy laid down a beautiful bunt to score Brenton Clark, tying the game at one. The very next batter, Tucker Anderson, popped a ball into foul play for the Eagles’ Tarrant Sunday, but Sunday’s throw to home was not in time, with JM Long scoring from third to give the Hawks the 2-1 lead.
With a runner on first with one out in the top of the seventh, the Eagles’ Zach Blackmon lined a shot down first base line for the Hawks’ Tucker Anderson. Anderson made the catch and dove to first base to pull off the incredible, state-championship clinching double play.
The championship is the Hawks’ third in program history and their first since 2012. Hawks’ Pitcher Cole Blaine secured MVP honors for the game.