KOSCIUSKO — A dive, a drive and an outstanding individual effort on the mound proved to be the winning formula for the Lafayette Commodores to earn a 2-1 win over Kosciusko in the decisive game of a best-of-three Class 4A playoff series on Saturday.
LHS (22-5 overall) was able to advance to a second round matchup with North Pontotoc by holding off the Whippets when it mattered most. After LHS opened the series with an 11-3 win at home on Friday night, Kosciusko defeated the Commodores 9-4 in the second game to force the winner-take-all third game.
Led by a great pitching effort from Josh Mills, the Commodores were able to keep a hot Kosciusko offense at bay until the very end of the contest when another great individual effort made the biggest difference in the contest.
LHS catcher Tyler Mize provided that difference-making effort with a tag on Kosciusko runner Ben Hudson, who was trying to score from third on a pitch that escaped Mize’s glove. How Mize was able to recover the loose ball that got away from him on the outside part of the batting circle and then make the diving tag on Hudson, who could have been called safe to tie the contest, is now legendary. For LHS coach Greg Lewis, who lost a game in a similar situation when he was the coach of Pearl River Central, the details on how Mize was able to end the game don’t matter, only the end result. (April 25, 2011, Page 1B)