Jason "Gator" Pigott
Jason is a 1993 graduate of Picayune Memorial High School. He was a member of the baseball
team from 1990-1993. Jason received his B.S. in Business from USM in 1999 and is a die-hard
Eagle fan. He is married to the former Marilyn Falaris (PMHS Class of 1996) and they have one daughter (Macy).
Jason has been involved in radio since 1991, broadcasting Maroon Tide football, baseball, and basketball.
Like his father, John, Jason is an Allstate Insurance Agent in Picayune.
"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender".
Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger
Favorite Maroon Tide Moment
"The Homerun From Heaven"
By far my favorite Maroon Tide moment occurred during the 2002 Baseball Season. It was Game 3 of the 4-A South State
Championship series between Picayune and Terry. The series couldn't get any closer: tied at one game apiece with the deciding
Game 3 tied in extra innings 4-4 in front of an overflow crowd in Picayune. The table was set in the 8th as Chris Stewart led off
with a single up the middle. Stewart would advance to second base after Richard Imhoff was intentionally walked bringing Cody
Stogner to the plate. Playing with a heavy heart due to the tragic loss of his sister just days prior to the game, the senior catcher
completed a silent prayer and stepped toward the batter's box. It was at that moment I realized something special was about to
happen. “A base hit here would win it for the home team…” it was almost like we were all extras in a movie script…the game
would soon end like one. Just like the star of a Kevin Costner baseball film, with the season on the line, Stogner delivered a
three-run walk-off game-winning homerun high over the wall in left field sending Picayune to the State Championship Series.
That moment along with the celebration that followed is what makes high school athletics special; the games are not played
for money or individual gain, but for moments like this one and like those listed below. The Maroon Tide would go on to
defeat New Hope and claim the school's first ever Baseball State Championship.