MADISON — All Madison-Ridgeland Academy needed was one big inning to turn Game 1 into a rout.
The Patriots plated 10 runs in the bottom of the third inning on the way to a 15-5 win over rival Jackson Academy in five innings in Game 1 of their MAIS Class 6A Semifinal Round playoff series at Patriot Field on Tuesday night.
Game 2 of the series is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday night at Jackson Academy. If necessary, Game 3 will be at 6 p.m. Thursday back at MRA. The winner of the series gets the winner of the Jackson Prep - Hartfield series.
“Biggest key was we scored eight of those runs with two outs and that was obviously big for us,” said MRA coach Allen Pavatte. “I was proud of our kids for how they played after having the week off last week and they did a good job of responding.”
MRA’s first three runs of the game came with two outs to take a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on RBI double down the third base line by Conner Stewart and a two-run home run to center by Corey Watkins.
Jackson Academy cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the third on a solo home run to right center by Mississippi State signee Dakota Jordan.
In the bottom of the third, the Patriots scored 10 runs on five hits and sent 13 batters to the plate to take a 13-1 lead. South Carolina signee Stone Blanton and Conner Stewart each hit a three-run home run in the inning.