St. Joseph used a strong performance on the mound and at the plate by Andrew Beck and a 13-hit onslaught to surge to a 13-3 run-rule victory over Dierks to claim the state 2A baseball title Friday at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.

It was the first state baseball title in history for St. Joseph, which finished 25-4.

The Bulldogs broke the game open with three runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and four more in the sixth, ending the game early on a two-run double by Beck, who drove in three runs with two doubles.

Beck (7-1) also hurled a six-hitter, striking out six. He was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

Further details in Saturday and Sunday editions of the Log Cabin Democrat.