Tuesday, April 3, 2012
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The Loganville baseball team hasn't lost in nearly a month and sits atop Region 8-AAAA with an unbeaten record for a number of reasons.
Heritage saw just about every one of those reasons Monday in Conyers.
Clint Frazier was 4-for-4, including two home runs, David Mayo homered and drove in five runs and the Red Devils won their 11th consecutive game, 11-1 in five innings at Danny Blue Field.
Loganville improved to 13-2 and 8-0 in the region, and has allowed just 13 runs to league foes. A big reason for that is Christian Miller, who had his way with the Patriots on Monday. The left-hander walked Fred Umland with the bases loaded in the third to force in Heritage's only run, but by that time the visitors led 6-1. Loganville tacked on four in the fourth against starter and losing pitcher Luke Cathcart. Kyle Hall led off with a single and Frazier deposited a 1-1 pitch high over the wall in center field. An inning later, Frazier struck again, roping a solo home run to right-center field to make it 11-1.
"Obviously they're talented, there's no doubt about that. Talented guys make plays," Heritage coach Jason Borcherding said of Loganville. "Unfortunately, (it) just wasn't our day."
After Miller surrendered just two singles through four innings of work, Brandon Pergantis struck out the side in a dominant fifth to end the game-by mercy rule.
"Two hits ain't going to win the game," Borcherding said.
Cathcart nearly escaped his first jam of the day. Loganville started the game with a walk by Hall and Frazier's double. Cathcart induced a ground out from Miller and Pergantis struck out looking, but Mayo polished off a nine-pitch at bat and ripped a two-run double to give the Red Devils a 2-0 lead. A pair of errors preceded Mayo's three-run blast in the third, a line drive home run to straightaway center field that made it 6-0.The teams meet again today as Heritage (9-6, 4-2) hits the road for a 5:55 p.m. game.