Friday, May 4, 2012
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CUMMING - The season ended Friday evening for the Heritage baseball team. The Patriots, the No. 3 seed from Region 8-AAAA were swept by South Forsyth in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs, losing game two 6-5 after dropping the opener 4-2.
South Forsyth (20-8), the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAA, will play in the round of 16 for the first time since the 2009 team went to the Class AAAAA state finals, while Heritage finished its season 18-10.
“Two good games,” said Heritage pitching coach Shane McFadden. “Pretty evenly matched teams...very evenly matched teams.”
In the opener, the host War Eagles hit four home runs off Patriots’ right-hander and losing pitcher Ryan Gasque. Meanwhile, Heritage scored two unearned runs on a passed ball and a throwing error, but couldn't get anything else going offensively. The Conyers school led the nightcap 5-3 after Matt Reeves (two-run single), Jordan Martin (RBI-double), Fred Umland and Adam Howard (each had an RBI-single) came up with run-scoring hits. With two outs in the sixth, South Forsyth cleanup hitter Zack McCrum delivered a go-ahead, three-run double.
“It was a lot of fun, we just came up short,” McFadden said. “Both (teams) had good pitching performances, both teams able to manufacture some runs with some small ball. They just happened to get one more big hit than we did, that was the story in both games. We had a great season (and) we had a bunch of seniors that came out and were amazing teammates to each other and really bought in. No one’s hanging their heads.”