RIDGELAND – Harrison Central broke open the decisive game of the MHSAA 6A championship series with six late runs for a 9-1 victory over Madison Central Saturday at Freedom Ridge Park. But Red Rebelettes coach Jimmy Parker said what happened in the first inning was instrumental in the win that gave Harrison Central its third state title and second in a row.
Fresh off a 3-1 victory to force a third game, Madison Central loaded the bases with one out in the first. But Madison Burge pitched out of the jam, getting JaMya Hopson and Lane Boyer on flies to center that did not produce a run.
“That was key,” Parker said. “When they (his players) came off the field I told them we just knocked a lot of steam out of them. That’s a great ball team,” he said of Madison Central. “That’s a scary ball team.”
Burge went from there to her second complete game victory of the series and contributed four RBIs to the Red Rebelettes attack. She won Friday’s opener 2-1 in eight innings, outdueling Haylee Morse in a matchup of two of the state’s best pitchers.
Burge plated the game’s first run on a groundout in the first that scored Kaylen Kosbab from third. She added run-scoring singles in the third and fifth and picked up her final RBI on a bases-loaded grounder in the sixth.
Harrison Central led 3-1 before scoring four runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Madison Central won Saturday’s first game with three runs in the first. Mary Blair Odom plated two runs with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hopson. Morse and Alexia Harmon combined on a two-hitter.
Madison Central (29-5) reached the title series for the seventh straight year. The Lady Jaguars won four straight championships from 2009 to 2012.