Northwest Rankin senior catcher Brady Thomas was the Capital Ortho Player of the Game as the Cougars picked up a 7-6 win over Brandon to advance to the MHSAA 6A State Championship series at Trustmark Park.
Thomas, a Meridian Community College signee, went 2-4 at the plate with a triple and two RBI in the win. His triple in the 5th inning drove in a run and gave NWR a 6-4 lead at the time.
The 6-5 left-hander is hitting .410 this season with a team-high 39 RBI for the 32-2 Cougars. Thomas also has seven homeruns, ten doubles and a .515 on base percentage.