MONTGOMERY, AL. – Luverne High School captured its first-ever state baseball championship Wednesday night at Paterson Field with a 6-3 victory over Madison Academy in the third game of the AHSAA Class 3A State Championship Series.
The two teams split two games Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium as the Mustangs (38-13) won game one 9-0 and the Tigers (28-11) rebounded with 13 first-inning runs en route to a 16-1 win to set up game three.
Coach Andre Parks' team continued their red-hot first-inning hitting with four runs in Wednesday's first inning – quickly erasing a 2-0 Mustangs lead. The rally was highlighted by series MVP Monterio May's three-run homer over the 364-foot mark on the right-field wall. May, who pitched game two's win, also had a single and pitched the final two innings to get a save. Starting pitcher Adam Foster (8-3) went five innings, allowing six hits and striking out one to get the win. May gave up two hits, the final Madison Academy run and struck out one.
Starting Mustangs pitcher Clayton Palicki (5-4) suffered the loss. He managed just two outs in the first inning before Spencer Palmer came in to pitch 3 2/3 innings in relief. Palmer gave up just one unearned run and struck out three.
Palicki led Madison Academy at the plate with three hits and an RBI. Stafford Booth also doubled and drove in one run and Drew Mobley had an RBI double.
Corey Hale had a single and one RBI for Luverne and Blake Hermeling doubled in one run.