ST. MATTHEWS -- First Baptist coach King Walker knew Marlin Morris wanted the ball.
Morris had pitched 10 innings in a loss to W.W. King Academy on Mon- day in the first game of the SCISA Class AA state championship series.
The Hurricanes gave Morris little support in that game, shut out by the Knights and finding themselves on the brink of elimination.
First Baptist had little trouble scoring runs Thursday as the Hurricanes clinched their second straight title, 12-2, in six innings.
"It didn't matter who they threw tonight, we were going to hit the ball," Walker said. "We've worked hard seeing the ball and it showed tonight."
First Baptist used a seven-run second inning to put away W.W. King pitcher Ben Locklier.
Morris and J.D. Collins provided the big blows, each knocking in two runs in the inning.
"That second inning kind of broke us," W.W. King coach Zach Matthews said. "We definitely didn't expect to go out like this tonight."
The Knights broke through in the third with a John Eric Haynes solo home run. Steven Sullivan added a solo homer in the fifth to cut the Hurricanes' lead to 9-2, but that would be as close as the Knights would get.
Morris went six innings, striking out 10 batters and getting a measure of revenge for the loss in the first game.
"I knew I had to hit my spots tonight because I lost some velocity," Morris said. "Everybody picked up the hitting tonight, but I knew (W.W. King) could come back and get some runs."
First Baptist got three runs in the bottom of the sixth when Ricky Padgett delivered a single that scored two runs, and he ended the game when he raced home on a wild pitch, setting off the Hurricanes' celebration.
"We lost eight seniors from last year's team, but our juniors really carried us this season," Walker said. "We've relied on (Morris) and Larson Walker on the mound, but everybody on the field seems to know what to do with the ball."
This is Walker's first season as the Hurricanes' head varsity coach, and he couldn't help but show some emotion after hugging each one of his players.
"I spent five years with the JV and we were undefeated last season," Walker said. "We've dealt with so many injuries, including losing our ace pitcher. This is just a great feeling. We only lose four seniors, so I expect us to be right there in the hunt next season."