Hurricane open the roof late, reign as state champs

FAYETTEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Hurricane baseball team had never won a state title in the rich sports history of their school. That all changed with a come from behind win on Saturday at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.

The Hurricane fell behind 4-0 in the late innings to 1 seed Greenwood and heading into the 6th inning things appeared to be bleak. But a big home run by Will McCauley pulled Jonesboro back up and helped close the deficit.

In the final frame, a past ball would tie the game at 4 before McCauley struck again with a single that plated the go-ahead run and put the Hurricane up 5-4. Jonesboro finished off the game in the bottom of 7th to claim the 6A State Baseball title.

The Hurricane had been to a baseball title game before, when current Head Coach Mark Dobson was an assistant coach for the 2005 runner up team, but the school had never claimed a state title in baseball despite always seeming to be a relevant team in the winning baseball discussion.

McCauley was named MVP for the state title game going 3-4 with the go-ahead RBI.

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