Mother's Day arrived a day early for Donna Davis, the mother of Sterlington senior right-hander Spencer Davis.

All Donna Davis wanted for Mother's Day was for the Sterlington Panthers to win the state baseball championship. Her son made sure it happened.

Not only did Spencer Davis throw a complete game in the Panthers' 11-1 triumph over Lakeside, he was named Tournament MVP.

Although Donna Davis was unable to make the trip to Sulphur, she was in her son's thoughts. And, she held Spencer's MVP trophy Sunday morning.

As the Panthers' postgame celebration began Saturday afternoon, Spencer Davis paused to speak with his mother on the phone. Needless to say, Donna Davis was elated to receiver her Mother's Day gift a day early.

"When we talked, she was in tears," Spencer said.

With his mother battling cancer, tears became a fixture during Spencer's senior year.

Somehow, Spencer found a way to channel his emotions into positive energy on the baseball field. With Spencer as their undisputed emotional leader, Sterlington won its first state championship Saturday afternoon behind a three-hit outing from their veteran right-hander.

Throughout the year, the Panthers have rallied around Spencer on and off the field. The state championship game was no different as the Panthers gave him a three-run first-inning cushion to work with.

"The three-spot in the first definitely helped," Spencer said.

Sterlington rolled through the State Tournament by taking out Kinder 12-1 in the semifinals and Lakeside 11-1 in the championship game. Both were five-inning games.

"We didn't expect this," Spencer said. "Kinder and Lakeside are two really good ballclubs. We just had the better team this year."

Though Sterlington was the No. 1 seed, No. 3 Lakeside had stated its case by beating the Panthers 6-1 at Panther Park on March 17.

Not that it was needed, but Spencer said a Lakeside fan provided some extra incentive.

"Trey (Rugg) was in line at the concession stand Friday, and a lady from Lakeside came up to him and said, 'Y'all might as well not even show up tomorrow,'" Spencer said. "That lit a fire under our butts."

Sterlington showed up early and showed out. Brooks Rushworth's three-run dinger highlighted the Panthers' three-run first.

"Absolutely, Brooks' home run was big," Sterlington third baseman Dalton Dopson said. "We play very well when we're ahead. We haven't had to play from behind a lot this year, so we're used to playing ahead. (Rushworth's home run) knocked the win out of their sails."

With Davis on the mound, Dopson was confident the wind of momentum wasn't likely to change.

"That's why Spencer's the MVP," Dopson said. "I don't think there's a better pitcher in the state."

Spencer is quick to share the credit.

"I had eight guys behind me that were going to do everything they could," Spencer said. "I can't say enough about this ballclub."

Spencer is quick to share the credit.

"I had eight guys behind me that were going to do everything they could," Spencer said. "I can't say enough about this ballclub."

Spencer also had his No. 1 fan behind him through every step of the journey. In his heart, Donna Davis will always be the real MVP.