CUT DOWN: Florence (Ky.) Post 203’s Brady Highchen is tagged out by Madison Post 9 second baseman Darius Whitson-Spegal while trying to stretch a single into a double during the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. Florence won both games as the Niners fell to 1-2 on the season. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
CUT DOWN: Florence (Ky.) Post 203’s Brady Highchen is tagged out by Madison Post 9 second baseman Darius Whitson-Spegal while trying to stretch a single into a double during the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. Florence won both games as the Niners fell to 1-2 on the season. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison's Post 9 baseball team was on the wrong end of a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Florence (Ky.) Post 203 in American Legion baseball action on Sunday at home.

Florence won the opening game 11-5 before shutting out the Niners 4-0 in the finale.

"It wasn't a whole lot of what we did, (Florence) was just a good team," Madison manager Tim Armstrong said. "They hit the ball well, they were very good defensively. We played all right, we just couldn't make enough plays."

Florence hit Madison starter Ethan Leach hard in the first couple of innings of the opener and kept on hitting against reliever Mackenzey Withered. Trevor Tutterow finally stop the bleeding, but by then, the Niners trailed 10-2 in the third inning.

Madison was limited to five hits - singles by Xavier Barnes, Darius Whitson-Spegal, Jordan Chandler, Kyle Daugherty and James Stacy. Barnes and Stacy had an RBI each.

Aaron McIntosh pitched five solid innings but still took the loss in the nightcap. The senior-to-be from Austin gave up five runs, but Armstrong was pleased with his effort.

"He pitched well, Florence is just a good team," Armstrong said. "They were very patient and they hit the ball."

Daugherty had a double and Brandon Mann, Withered, McIntosh and Whitson-Spegal each added singles.

One of the biggest thorns in Madison's side was hitting with runners in scoring position. The Niners stranded 18 runners on base in the two games combined.

"We left entirely too many runners on base. We just couldn't get the hits when we needed them," Armstrong said. "But the key is still pitching. If we can get solid pitching and eke out three or four runs we'll be OK. But you go from scoring 23 runs against Batesville on Thursday to a total of five today. That's a little glaring."

Madison, now 1-2 on the season, hosts St. Leon Post 464 for two games on Saturday before traveling to Vevay Post 185 on Sunday for a doubleheader.

The Niners have a total of 16 regular season games scheduled, including a tournament at Kokomo. The state tournament begins July 26.