Jackson Prep takes key Class 5A MAIS baseball series with 14-4 win in rubber match with MRA

FLOWOOD — All it took was one big inning.

Jackson Prep plated seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in the decisive Game 3 to invoke the 10-run rule in a 14-4 win over Madison-Ridgeland Academy in a key MAIS Class 5A all-Patriot conference baseball series on Friday.

The win clinched the series for Prep (22-3). 

“I challenged the guys and let the bats come alive,” said Jackson Prep coach Brent Heavener. “We were able to put pressure on them and we got timely hitting.”

Prep also scored four runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by RBI singles by Mason Nichols and Cy Craig.

In the sixth inning, Prep got runs off a RBI single by Matthew Cochran, a throwing error and three bases-loaded walks. Riley Maddox’s RBI walk ended the game.

MRA made seven errors in the game.

Mississippi State signee Jeffrey Ince had a single and a double with two runs scored to lead the Prep offense.

“The first at-bat, I was able to get the bunt down and beat the throw, and the second at-bat I was looking fastball and got a good barrel,” Ince said. “We got hits and capitalized on their mistakes to add on runs. This is a huge series win for us.”

Jackson Evers (3-2) took the loss for MRA (17-7). 

“We set the tone early when we made errors in the first inning,” said MRA coach Allen Pavatte. “We left too many men on base and continued to make errors and in big games you cannot do that.”

MRA was forced to forfeit their 3-1 win on Tuesday night after pitcher Niko Mazza threw 119 pitches. The MAIS pitch limit rule is 110 pitches.

“Take away my mistake in Game 1 and we win the series, but just unfortunate the way it worked out,” Pavette said.

In Game 2 of the series earlier in the day, MRA’s Braydon Jones turned in a stellar performance on the mound.

The Ole Miss signee tallied 11 strikeouts to help MRA take the 3-1 win over Prep.

“Braydon pitched a heckuva game and pitched the way we expect him to pitch,” Pavatte said. “We left too many runners on base, but Braydon did what we expect him to do.”

MRA picked up runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings.

Jones tossed six and two-thirds innings, giving up just two hits and one earned run to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Ole Miss signee Mason Nichols (2-1) took the loss on the mound for Jackson Prep.

“Braydon did a very good job keeping us off balanced,” Heavener said.

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