MDCA rides long ball to 2A-5 title

The Mount Dora Christian Academy Bulldogs celebrate after winning the Class 2A-District 5 championship game against Real Life Christian Academy Thursday in Mount Dora. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

MOUNT DORA — The Mount Dora Christian Academy baseball team is using heavy lumber to carry it into the postseason.

The Bulldogs blasted three home runs, including a three-run bomb by Mekai Griffin, Thursday in a 13-3 win against Real Life Christian Academy in the Class 2A-District 5 championship game at Shane Hunton Memorial Field. 

The game was stopped in the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.

With the win — MDCA’s 11th straight victory — the Bulldogs improved to a record of19-6 and will host Winter Park Geneva at  7 p.m. Friday in the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 2A-Region 2 quarterfinals. Real Life fell to 13-6 and will travel to Maitland to play Orangewood Christian — the District 6 champions — in a Region 2 quarterfinals game.

MDCA’s Mekai Griffin (3) hits a home run in Thursday's Class 2A-District 5 championship game against Real Life Christian Academy in Mount Dora. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

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MDCA took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed. 

The Bulldogs scored in every inning, including a five-run outburst in the fourth. In that frame, MDCA hammered out six hits, including back-to-back home runs by Griffin and Zack Wilson. 

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