By CHRIS HOBBS
Hayden Deal pitched for a championship team this season.
The Mississippi Braves won the Double-A South’s South Division title on Sunday with a 2-1 home victory over Montgomery (Ala.), taking the championship series three games to two.
The Braves finished 67-44, facing Montgomery — second in the regular season and eight games behind the Braves.
Deal pitched in Game 3 of the championship series in relief. He was the sixth pitcher in an 11-9 home win that gave Mississippi a two games-to-one lead.
Montgomery rebounded in Game 4 on Saturday, winning 14-2, before the Braves closed it out by winning Sunday.
Deal did not register an out when he appeared in Game 3. He gave up two hits, an earned run and walked one after throwing strikes on three of his 10 pitches to three batters.
The series game scores were: Montgomery 7-1, Mississippi 8-5, Mississippi 11-9, Montgomery 14-2 and Mississippi 2-1.
A former star at Bandys High, he completed his fourth pro season (there was no minor league season in 2020) at 3-2 with an ERA of 3.77 in 23 games. He made 17 starts, working 88 1/3 innings and striking out 72.
CURRENT DOUBLE-A SOUTH STANDINGS: https://www.milb.com/standings
HAYDEN DEAL’S PRO CAREER STATS: https://www.baseballamerica.com/players/97015/hayden-deal/
OPENING DAY ROSTER: https://img.mlbstatic.com/milb-images/image/upload/milb/grt68kumu6hm1gydrvmg.pdf
MISSISSIPPI BRAVES SCHEDULE: https://www.milb.com/mississippi/schedule/2021-05