Madison Academy 14, Geneva 2: Mustangs defend 3A title, make history

It took a game longer than they would have liked, but the Madison Academy baseball team defended its state championship and made history in the process.

The Mustangs bounced back from a series-opening loss Thursday to defeat Geneva 7-2 an 14-2 (five innings) for the Class 3A state title today at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery. The victory makes Madison Academy the first AHSAA member to ever win baseball, football and boys basketball championships in the same school year.

Second-ranked Madison Academy (29-13) took advantage of Geneva (26-11) pitching problems to jump to a 6-0 lead in the first inning of Game 3. Geneva starter Scott Stough (10-2), a Troy signee, was pulled after he walked two, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch before recording an out. He also started Game 2 and was pulled after walking three in 1/3 of an inning.

Taylor Clemons went 2-for-2 with a double, triple, walk and four RBIs to lead the Mustangs in Game 3. Cody Littlejohn and Will Acuff drove in two runs apiece.

Luas Mordecai (5-4) went the full five innings for the win, allowing two runs on five hits with a strikeout and three walks.

Littlejohn led Madison Academy’s offense in Game 2, going 3-for-3 with three doubles, two RBIs and a walk. He had the Mustangs’ only multi-hit game. Jake Christa (9-2) tossed a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and a walk. Geneva’s Cole Worthy went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Kade McLaney relieved Stough in the day’s first game and took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

“At the end of the day, when you get this far, you don’t want to focus on any negatives because of how proud you are of your kids,” Geneva coach Brent Justice said. “We just ran into a better team. We couldn’t compete with the depth. One through nine, there’s no weak sports in their lineup. It finally just cracked. We held it down as long as we could.”

Key moment: Facing elimination in Game 2, Madison Academy went into the bottom of the fourth inning tied 2-2. The Mustangs took the lead for good with three runs on RBIs by Jack Fulkerson, Littlejohn and Christa.

Star of the day: Littlejohn was named tournament MVP. He went 4-for-5 on the day, with four RBIs, three doubles, a triple, two walks and six runs scored.

Madison Academy leaders: Acuff went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, a triple, steal and three walks. … Christa had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs to go along with his win in Game 2. … Clemons went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, a double, triple and two walks. … Emerson Brooks went 3-for-6 with three RBIs. ,, Blake Coward and Fulkerson both stole four bases.

Geneva leaders: Jamison Roney had two doubles and two RBIs. … Brennan Aycock went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Game 3. .. Caleb Piper and Stough doubled in Game 3.

Quotable: ”We had to rebound from that effort (Thursday). We spent some time last night collecting our thoughts, making some adjustments at the plate that paid off,” — Madison Academy coach Mike Good

“We focused on team unity near the end of our playoff run. As coaches, we often discount what camaraderie and leadership and team unity can really do for you. But I’ve learned over the years that in tight ballgames, there’s no substitute.  I’m just extremely fortunate to be in the position that I’m in to coach this young men. It’s indeed an honor and I’m extremely humbled,” — Good

“We’re just really humbled to go to a school like Madison Academy with a great great coaching staff that puts us in a position to do it every year. The guys we have around us are a big part. Everybody on our team contributes. It’s never really one guy. It’s juts an honor to be a part of this,” — Acuff

“It’s an honor to be part of and I’m proud to make history with these guys,” — Littlejohn

“I guess it’s something I’ll ever forget. I’m really glad that I did it with the guys that I did it with,” Madison Academy’s Cole Tomlinson, the only member of all three championship teams

“(Stough) won many games for us over his career. He’s got nothing to hang his head about. Guys have bad days. It happens; you just can’t locate. But it doesn’t compare to how many he’s won for us. This is the same kid who was throwing in eighth grade and winning us region titles. The good by far outweigh the bad,” — Justice

“It wasn’t (our best day). I thought we did a great job of battling back. They got ahead and we knew they were going to be a stout team. We knew that we’d have to fight through adversity and we’ve done that all through the playoffs and all season long. I felt like we did a good job of that. There’s certainly nothing to hang our head’s about as a team,” — Roney


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2015 Mustang Seniors Emerson Brooks, Blake Coward, Adam Mann, and Taylor Clemons
January 19, 2015
Coach Mike Good Receives Prestigious Honor
MA Baseball Coach Mike Good was recently honored as the 2014 recipient of the Sammy Dunn Memorial Award at the annual Alabama Baseball Coaches Association awards banquet. This honor is given to one of the six state championship coaches, and is named in memory of Dunn, the coaching legend who led Vestavia Hills’ baseball program for more than two decades. Coach Good has led the Mustangs to 2 state championships, 2 state runner-up finishes, and 12 straight area championships while compiling an overall record of 342-175.

Congratulations to Coach Good on a well-deserved honor!