Senior Rusty Caldwell had a home run and six RBIs to lead Custer County over Jefferson Academy 16-7 Saturday in the 2A state high school baseball championship game at Hobbs Field.
Custer County (15-6) broke the game open with a nine-run second inning en route to its first state championship since 2001.
Caldwell also had three singles to finish the game 4-for-5 and scored four runs for the Bobcats. Junior Corey Barnes pitched 5-2/3 innings and struck out nine to earn the win.
After Jefferson Academy took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Custer County sent 14 batters to the plate in the second on its way to a 9-1 lead. The inning was highlighted by a two-run homer by senior outfielder Jeb Stoltzfus.
Jefferson Academy freshman starter Christian Naylor lasted just 1-1/3 inning, surrendering nine runs on six hits to take the loss.
The Jaguars (11-12) fought hard, however, scoring three runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth to close the gap to 13-7.
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