BY JEFF CLARK
Photos by Dana LeBlanc/The Columbus Packet
When the New Hope baseball team pulled in to Trojan Field Saturday night, the brought along an escort by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and the golden glove — a sixth state championship title in baseball.
The Trojans defeated the Pascagoula High School Panthers 3-2 Saturday at Trustmark Stadium in Pearl to win the Mississippi High School Athletic Association 5A title.
“This was my first time to win a state championship,” New Hope Coach Lee Boyd said. “It’s awesome — it’s priceless. That’s all I can say.”
The Trojans won the first game of the series last Wednesday by a score of 11-9. The Panthers evened the series Friday with a 3-2 win.
Saturday’s win gave the Trojans their first title since 2003. New Hope was also state champions in 1983, 1991, 1996 and 1998.
“ This was the final game for five of our seniors,” Boyd said. “We have three that play and two that contribute. They’ve been a big part of this season.”
Pascagoula was also seeking a sixth state championship. The Panthers finished the season 24-26.
With the championship season behind him, Boyd said he is going to try and relax and enjoy some time with his family, including his newborn son, Brady.
“I’m just going to kick back and try to enjoy it,” he said. “We’re going to get together soon and cook the kids some crawfish and start ordering rings.”
And although Boyd is still excited over his big win, he said he’s already back to coaching.
“We played our first summer league game Tuesday,” Boyd said. “Man, it’s a much more laid back atmosphere.”