Morgan Academy begins run toward state baseball title Thursday

Published 2:54 pm Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Morgan Academy begins its run for a state championship in baseball.

The top-ranked Senators (25-0) host Macon-East in a AISA AAA second-round state playoff series on Thursday. Game 1 starts at 11 a.m. and the second game will follow immediately after. A third game, if needed, will be played Friday at Morgan Academy, likely at 5 p.m.

The Senators’ starting lineup has a solid mix of power hitting and speed: Gunnar Henderson, Brayton Brown, David Ducote, Jeremy Lee, Dione Allen, Xavier Green, Joseph Estes, Milam Turner and Matthew Davis.

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Henderson, Brown and Ducote are Auburn University signees.

Senators coach Stephen Clements said the squad has a strong approach at the plate and solid on defense.

“We are excited, I love the way we have progressed through the year,” Clements said. “I am excited to watch these guys compete in the playoffs.”

“This team believes that we can a state championship,” Green said.

Morgan Academy is coming off a 14-9 victory over second-ranked Autauga Academy on April 18. Clements said he was impressed with the Senators overcoming a pair of four-run deficits to stay unbeaten.

“I think the Autauga Academy game was like a playoff game atmosphere,” Clements said. “We had a crowd here that was really loud and involved in the game. Autauga Academy has a great baseball team. The guys were excited and I could tell Autauga was excited. We had college guys here recruiting both teams and had pro scouts here. It was a lot of fun.”

Macon-East (27-11) has won the last two AISA AA state titles. The Knights are led by pitcher-outfielder Tucker Nevin, a Lawson State Community College signee. Nevin went 10-1 as a junior last year for Macon-East and was also the team’s starting quarterback last season.