KILLINGWORTH — It may have taken more than 48 hours to complete, but Madison finished off its 6-3 victory over Mystic and clinched the Section 3 Championship on Wednesday night.
The game originally began on Monday and was postponed in the top of the fourth inning due to rain and lightning with Madison leading 6-0.
Johnny Reh started the game on the mound for Madison, firing three perfect innings with four strikeouts before having his start cut short by the weather.
Opposing Reh on the mound was Mystic Ace Trace Morales, a tall hard throwing right-hander with a history of dominance.
“We knew just by reputation that he was going to be a really great pitcher and we were going to be up against a great challenge,” Madison Manager James Maynard said. “Our kids have been battle tested in our district. We faced a lot of good pitching in order to win our district championship, so I told the boys to approach the game like we would any other game, and I told them we couldn’t go up there afraid even though he through hard. We have seen it before and the outcome was excellent.”
Excellent may even be an understatement as the Madison lineup put up one run in the first inning, taking advantage of an error before a five-run eruption in the third.
Reh led the inning off with a double and was driven in on a single by Chase Geremia. A batter later, William Patia drove in the third run of the game on a ground out to second base.
With one out and two on, Morris Selmani came off the bench as a pinch hitter and roped a triple to put his team ahead 5-0. He would score on a double by Shailen Pathy, who also came off the bench to pinch hit as Madison showed off how good of an offense it has.
An inning later the skies opened up and the players packed their bags for what would be a long two-day wait.
“Even though we were up 6-0 it was still very agonizing,” Maynard said. “It felt like torture this last day and a half just sitting around and waiting. We brought the kids in for batting practice today, spoke to them about the lead, we told them that we have to pretend it is a 0-0 game and not a 6-0 game and go into it with that kind of mentality.”
Chase Geremia took over on the mound for Reh once the game was resumed Wednesday, and he continued the dominating pitching performance, taking a combined no-hitter into the 6th inning.
Mystic rallied in the final inning, pushing three runs across on three hits before Geremia was able to record the final out, closing the book on the long awaited 6-3 victory.
“We are excited (for the next round),” Maynard said. “We were in the state final four as 10 year olds and we won the state championship. It was the first state championship in Madison Little League history for baseball and that was in the summer of 2017 so we are excited for the challenge and we’re hoping we can make another run.”