Crushing defeat
Loganville win knocks Heritage out of title race

LOGANVILLE - The Patriots were stunned, losing to Loganville 8-7 after taking a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning in Monday's game.

The loss also took away any hopes of Heritage winning their fifth straight Region 8-AAAA championship.

"Congratulations to (Loganville), they're a good ball club. It looks like they're one game away from the region title," said Heritage coach Casey Teal.

The lead went back and forth as Heritage took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning just to lose it in the bottom of the first inning when the Red Devils scored three times to make it 3-1.

However, the Patriots scored three runs of their own in the top of the second before Loganville tied it at 4-4 in the home half of the third.

Heritage scored three runs in the sixth to take what looked like a commanding three-run lead only to watch the lead disappear with Loganville winning the game on a Heath Holder walk-off single with two outs.

"I don't ever think any lead is enough. That's why we continue to play the game the same way all the time," Teal said. "Assume that its a seven-run lead, an eight-run lead, it's not enough. Especially against a team like this, it's definitely not. You never think that type of lead is enough. You want to have confidence that it is and that you can win it, but you don't treat it like that. You treat like batter by batter you want to win the game."

The Patriots had six hits against Loganville with Nick Woodward, Joseph Lester, Tyler Austin, Travis Tarleton, Zane Barefield and Elliott Walker connecting.

Austin, who had a double, reached first base every time he was at the plate with one hit, two intentional walks and after being hit by the ball - on ball four.

"The whole game was a turning point. We have to make plays, you have to be productive every play," Teal said.

Of the 10 runners left on base by the Patriots, seven were in scoring position.

Woodward scored three runs for Heritage with Brandon Thomas, Barefield, Lester and Chris Polascik crossing the plate once.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.