Hattiesburg hopes to redeem 2016 state title loss this season

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - It was two years ago that Hattiesburg High came up just short of a state championship – falling to Oxford.

The Tigers return to Pearl on Tuesday to battle Lewisburg for the class 5A state title. This time around, Hattiesburg plans to walk out of Trustmark Park with the school's first state championship since 2006.

"It wasn't a good feeling leaving that stadium," said Hattiesburg senior Dexter Jordan. "We had our heads down but eventually we picked them up. Now we're back. Now is our time to prove that we should be there."

"We've seen really good competition all year," said Hattiesburg head coach Joe Hartfield. "Nothing's going to surprise us, nothing's going to be intimidating. We know that we're about to play a really good team but we've seen good baseball year. We just want to keep playing good baseball ourselves."