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JMA reflects on state championship at team banquet

John Milledge Academy celebrates their GISA AAA Baseball Championship at their team banquet Friday night. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA -- It's been three weeks since Brandon Bellflower delivered in the clutch.

"I remember seeing the pitch and hitting the pitch," Bellflower said. "So I don't really have to relive it through a video."

The video the rising junior is referring to is his walk-off single to win the GISA AAA State Championship over Trinity Christian at Mercer's OrthoGeorgia Park. Friday night, the Trojan Baseball family reconvened at John Milledge Academy for their team banquet.

The evening is the first time the team has been together since championship victory. The game however is still fresh in their minds.

"That was a very special game, it was up and down, up and down," said Head Coach Justin Mills. "We could've easily turned our stuff in and called it a day but that's not what these guys are about."

In that game, JMA turned a 4-0 deficit into a 5-4 lead heading to the seventh inning. Trinity Christian battled back to a tie and after epic game-saving plays from both teams, Bellflower delivered the title with one swing of the bat. The play not only delivered a baseball championship, but added another high mark for the Trojans athletic family.

"Its a dream come true," said senior Trevor Evans. "Something when I was little I always, everybody was like state championship, like that's gone be awesome if y'all every win those. Having two of them my senior year, is kind of like finishing on top."

John Milledge Academy claimed state championships in football and baseball while making a semifinal appearance in basketball all in the 2016-17 athletic year.


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