Loganville handles Heritage again

LOGANVILLE -- Heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Heritage baseball team was down by just one run to three-time defending Region 8-AAAA champion Loganville.

But that's just when the hosts took over. Andy Clay had five RBIs and Loganville clubbed three home runs in a 13-3 rout at Red Devil Field.

Loganville (14-2, 9-0) won its 12th consecutive game and defeated the Patriots for the second time in three days after Monday's 11-1 win in Conyers.

Heritage (9-7, 4-3), which lost its third straight game, cut a 2-0 deficit in half when Fred Umland ripped a solo home run with one out in the top of the fourth against starter and winning pitcher Garrett Ford. The Loganville offense got to work in the bottom half, loading the bases on a walk and two singles, the last of which came when Ford's sacrifice bunt attempt went untouched between the pitcher's mound and third base.

Clay followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 3-1, Kyle Hall doubled in a run, and another sacrifice fly, this time off the bat of Christain Miller, put Loganville up 5-1. Loganville pulled away in the fifth as Adam Howard, who started and took the loss, gave up a home run to David Mayo to start the inning, and Clint Frazier, who had two home runs in Monday's win, hit a two-run shot to make it a 10-1 game.

Other than the hiccup in the fourth, Ford was excellent in five innings of work. The left-hander allowed just three hits and struck out seven in a 75-pitch effort. He stuck out the side in the first, and after Umland's home run, struck out Matt Reeves and Ryan Sutton to end the fourth. Howard (4 IP, 9 ER) got into trouble right away as the right-hander surrendered an RBI-double to Miller in the first, then Clay's squeeze bunt scored Daniel Milligan in the second to give the Red Devils a 2-0 lead.

Heritage's road trip continues Friday when the Patriots travel to Madison County. Loganville, which hasn't lost since falling 1-0 to Collins Hill March 7, hosts Clarke Central today at 5:55 p.m.