Palmetto Baseball takes District I title

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After driving in the winning run on a deep ball to left field, Blake Cooper (20) is congratulated by his older brother, Steven Cooper (22), and teammate Justin Driver (3). Trey Hayes scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh with two outs to give Palmetto the win 1-0 win and the District I tile Wednesday. The Mustangs will advance to the Upper State 2-A Championship Tournament.  (Photo by Johnny Mangum)

To be champions, you have to play like champions, and that’s what Palmetto’s Diamond Mustangs have done through the first two games of the State 2-A Baseball Playoffs.

With a 2-0 first-round victory over Broome and a 15-0 no-hitter second-day drubbing of Batesburg-Leesville, the Mustangs advanced to the District 1 (Quarterfinals) Tournament Championship Finals Wednesday.

The Mustangs defeated Broome 1-0 Wednesday to sweep the District 1 title and earn a return trip to the Upper-State 2-A Championship Tournament.

They will face Strom Thurmond at Strom Thurmond this Saturday at 7 p.m..

The Palmetto Softball team defeated Number 1 Andrew Jackson 12-1 and 9-6 Wednesday to advance in 2-A softball and will host Gilbert at home this Saturday.

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