MADISON — How would Madison Central respond?
After committing six errors in a Thursday night loss to Germantown, the Jaguars bounced back behind the pitching of Mississippi State signee Austin Tommasini and a big fifth inning to beat the Mavericks 11-1 in a six inning, 10-run rule game on Friday night in Game 2 of their Region 4-6A series.
Madison Central (10-6, 1-1 Region 4-6A) will travel back to Germantown (9-5, 1-1) in Game 3 of the series on Saturday at Noon.
“We’ve been up and down and it’s kinda funny, I called Chris Lemonis three days ago on how to handle the hangover of the year we had last year and he said 'Well we’re going through the same thing,'” said Madison Central coach Patrick Robey. “We play well at times and subpar at times, but the thing about this team is when we’ve had an off night such as last night, we’ve responded well.”
It didn’t take long for the Jaguars to get on the board, as Gatlin Sanders delivered a RBI double to right center and then later stole home to give Madison Central a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Germantown’s lone run came in the top of the third inning, as Cameron Hill had a RBI groundout with the bases loaded to cut the Madison Central lead to 2-1.
The Jaguars extended the lead to 4-1 in the fourth on a RBI single to center by Chase Russell and a RBI triple by Rhett Gandy.