Mustang coach Carey Metts felt the quick sting of an ice cooler dousing. And his players piled on top of each other in a jubilant celebration Saturday of the first region baseball title in Madison County Middle School history.
The Mustangs downed Hart County 8-6 and Stephens County 5-1 Saturday in Hartwell to capture the Northeast Georgia Interscholastic Athletic Association baseball championship.
“They were real excited,” said Metts, whose team finished the year at 9-1. “The last inning the kids were talking about what they were going to do if they won the championship. We won and they ran out on the field. They jumped all over each other and piled on top of each other.”
He said the dousing was pretty chilly.
“That was unexpected,” said Metts, chuckling. “It’s just an immediate shock, but it’s OK afterwards.”
Madison County jumped on top of Hart County early Saturday in the 11 a.m. game, scoring six runs in the first. But the team booted the ball around later and allowed Hart County back into the contest.
Metts said he felt a little anxiety as Hart pulled closer, thanks to some Mustang errors.
“I was struggling there with my heart,” he said.
But the Mustangs settled down and added a couple of insurance runs to grab the win. Dylan Gentry picked up the win, while Golston Gillespie pitched in relief.
Metts said Gentry, Rusty Nelms and Noah Rogers hit the ball well against Hart County.
In the second game, Luke Gillespie earned the complete game victory.
“Luke Gillespie had his breaking ball and change up working well,” said Metts. “Stephens hit the ball, but we played good defense behind him.”