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H-P baseball nabs third straight district title

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Pamplico—For the third consecutive season, the Hannah-Pamplico baseball team captured a district championship and advanced to the Class A Lower State Final Four. Head coach Hal Lambert has raised expectations and helped the Raiders set a new standard on the diamond.

 “That’s the kind of thing we had been wanting to do. We should be expecting to compete for a Lower State title every year. That’s the mindset we need to have from the players, parents and the community. I think we’re getting there,” Lambert said.

Hannah-Pamplico is 16-9 overall and finished second in the region. The majority of the roster is made up of seniors that have been with the program for four years that hope to end their careers on a high note.

“It’s probably been a little more frustrating when you know they’re capable of more. The last few weeks we’ve played better baseball, but we did have some injuries at the beginning of the year. They’ve turned it around and stepped up,” Lambert said.

Nick Owens has been strong on the mound, going 4-2 with a 2.71 ERA with 44 strikeouts. Second baseman Carson Mays has 19 RBI and 27 stolen bases to go with a .333 batting average.

If the Raiders expect to compete for a state title this spring, they will have to overcome one of their conference rivals in Lake View. Hannah-Pamplico dropped a pair of games to the Wild Gators in the regular season and another in the Lower State tournament.

“It’s been one inning that’s kind of gotten us. We’ve put the ball in play pretty well against them, but had some bad luck hitting it right at somebody. They’ve gotten the big hits when they’ve had the opportunities. We just haven’t quite executed in those key situations,” Lambert said.

Regardless of how the rest of the season plays out, the Raiders will have some talent returning next year. Junior pitcher/first baseman Mason Hicks batted .354 with three home runs and 24 runs batted in while posting a 0.98 earned run average. Shortstop Jacob Daves led the team with a .419 average.

“Mason has played like an older guy his whole career. He’s pretty calm and collected. Jacob has grown up a lot from last year to this year. He’s stepped up into more of a leadership role even with the seniors out there,” Lambert said.

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