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. 

Trailing 10-0 heading into the fifth, Real Life battled back with three runs in the top-half of the inning, but the Bulldogs countered with three to seal the win. The game winner was a double down the right-field line that Griffin.

Dallas Dale hit a one-out solo homer to spark MDCA’s final scoring rush.

Ashton Harrison picked up the win for MDCA. The sophomore pitched two innings in relief and allowed three runs on three hits, while striking out three. 

Cooper Chapman started for the Bulldogs and pitched three scoreless innings, while giving up five hits.

Drew Clymer started and took the loss for the Raptors. He pitched two innings and gave up four runs — two earned — while allowing only one hit. 

Josh Schaller pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief and surrendered nine runs — seven earned — on nine hits. Walker Gibson pitched to one batter — Wilson— and gave up the game-ending double.

Dale and Ty’Quan Wiggins scored three runs apiece for MDCA. Griffin scored twice and had four RBIs. 

Dale, Wilson, Easton Workman, Dominic Jones and Josh Hair had two hits apiece for MDCA. Wiggins worked the Raptors for three successive walks.

For Real Life, Drew Clymer had three hits and Jack Musgrave had two. Musgrave, Noah Clymer and Drew Clymer scored runs. 

The Raptors, which has four middle-school students on its roster, started two seventh graders in the game — shortstop Cannon Koronka and right fielder Logan Melde. 

MDCA, which has only two seniors on the roster, started four freshman against the Raptors — Griffin, Chapman, Workman and Ethan Koller. The Bulldogs also started five sophomores with Wilson — the designated hitter — being the only senior in the starting lineup.

MDCA’s Zack Wilson (21) rips a game-ending double to score Mekai Griffin in Thursday's Class 2A-District 5 championship game against Real Life Christian Academy in Mount Dora. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

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