Madison Academy completes the triple crown with 3A championship
MONTGOMERY -- Defending state champion Madison Academy rebounded from Thursday night's first-game loss to beat Geneva 7-2 and 14-2 Friday to capture the AHSAA Class 3A state baseball championship at Riverwalk Stadium.
Jake Christa (9-2) tossed a four-hitter and struck out six in Friday's opener to get the win for the Mustangs (29-13). Third baseman Cody Littlejohn gave him plenty of support at the plate going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Littlejohn, named the Class 3A state baseball championship series MVP, stroked a triple, walked twice, scored three runs and drove in two runs in the final game as Coach Mike Good's team closed out the series the 14-2 win. Lucas Mordecai (5-4) pitched the five-inning win allowing five hits and striking out one. Taylor Clemons and Emerson Brooks each had two hits with Clemons collecting a triple driving in four runs. In the first game Friday, Geneva starter and loser Jay Stough ran into control problems early walking three in the first inning. Kade McLaney came in to relieve the Panthers hurler and pitch 4 2/3 solid innings striking out three. Stough (10-2) started the final game and continued to have control problems walking two and hitting one as Madison Academy posted six first-inning runs. The Panthers (26-11) of Coach Brent Justice were making their first appearance in the state baseball championship finals series. Madison Academy's state crown was the school's third and gave the Mustangs their third boys' state title of the 2014-15 school year with football last December and basketball in February.